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Humana Tourney Announces Another Big Name Participant: Tony Bennett

Though the legendary singer won't be playing golf in the tournament-- he'll be providing some of the entertainment.

Singer Tony Bennett will headline the Humana Challenge's "welcome party" on Wednesday, tournament organizers announced.

The invitation-only event will be held at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio and is open to participants in the Couples and Bob Hope pro-ams, according to tournament organizers.

Bennett, a 17-time Grammy winner and two-time Emmy Award winner, has sold more than 50 million records.

"Mr. Bennett is a legendary performer whose great body of work has stood the test of time,"  Humana Challenge Executive Director and CEO Bob Marra said. "We are proud to offer this very special event to thank our pro-am participants and get everyone excited for the first round of the tournament the next day."

Celebrities competing in the tournament include television and radio host Carson Daly, singer Michael Bolton, rocker Alice Cooper, actor Craig T. Nelson, comedian Ron White and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith.

Spots in both pro-ams still are available. The Couples Challenge Pro-Am will be played Monday on the Nicklaus Private Course, and the Bob Hope Legacy Pro-Am will be played Wednesday on the Palmer Private Course, both at PGA West in La Quinta.

Pros will play on both courses later in the week.

To reserve a spot in the pro-ams, call Wendy Morton in the Humana Challenge tournament office at (760) 346-8302 or email wmorton@humanachallenge.com.

For information and tickets, go to www.humanachallenge.com.

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