The Nabisco Championship, the first major LPGA golf tournament of the year, has announced that global superstar Celine Dion will headline the tournament's 2000 Celebrity Pro-Am. The Nabisco Championship Celebrity Pro-Am marks one of Dion's first public appearances since she started her hiatus from active performance at the end of last year. Moreover, the event represents Dion's first celebrity pro-am appearance on the LPGA Tour. The Nabisco Championship Celebrity Pro-Am will be held Tuesday, March 21, and Wednesday, March 22, at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Considered the premier contemporary pop vocalist, Dion has earned music accolades from around the world including Grammy awards in the United States; Juno and Felix awards in Canada; and World Music awards in Europe. So far in her career, she has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide - more than any other female solo artist in the history of the music business.
Dion has been an avid golfer for three years and plays golf year-round. She and her husband, Rene, spend winters at their house on a golf course in Jupiter, Fla., and summers at their own golf course in Montreal, Quebec.
"I have an almost obsessive love for golf, so I am very excited about playing in The Nabisco Championship Celebrity Pro-Am," Dion said. "The game is always a great challenge and great fun. All of that will be heightened by playing side-by-side with the great champions of the LPGA and the other celebrities in Nabisco's tournament."
Joining Dion at the 2000 Nabisco Championship Pro-Am is a lengthy list of famous names from film, television and music. As in years past, the stars will be teamed with the best professional women golfers in the world for 72 holes of golf. Other celebrities set to compete include Michael Bolton, Alice Cooper, Patrick Duffy, Jamie Farr, Glenn Frey, Franco Harris, Don Meredith, Tommy Smothers and Johnny Unitas, among others.
According to Terry Wilcox, tournament director for The Nabisco Championship, this year's Pro-Am is expected to attract one of the most exciting celebrity fields to date.
"We are thrilled that Celine has agreed to participate in our event this year," Wilcox said. "She is one of the world's biggest superstars, and will be a great addition to our celebrity field. Golf and music fans alike will have one of their best opportunities ever to see Celine."