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DEREK FATHAUER HOLDS LEAD HEADING INTO THE WEEKEND

Sept. 12, 2014

Second-round Leaderboard

Pos. – Name — Scores

1 — Derek Fathauer — 63-69—132 (-10)

2 — Vaughn Taylor — 66-69—135 (-7)

3 — Justin Thomas — 67-69—136 (-6)

4 — Kyle Stanley — 68-69—137 (-5)

5 — Tony Finau — 66-72—138 (-4)

Bill Lunde — 69-69—138 (-4)

 

 

Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship - Second RoundColumbus, OH – While he couldn’t match his 8-under-par 63 from Thursday’s opening round, Derek Fathauer ignored the firmer greens and tougher pins on Friday to remain in the lead after 36 holes at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship at the Ohio State University Scarlet Course. Fathauer’s 2-under-par 69 gave him a 36-hole total of 10-under-par 132 and a three-stroke advantage over Vaughn Taylor. Justin Thomas is third at 6-under-par 136 and one better than Kyle Stanley.

“Yesterday’s round was something special, so it’s hard to follow up something like that,” said Fathauer, a University of Louisville product. “But overall I was pleased with my round today. I made two bogeys in a row (Nos. 1, 2), and that didn’t sit very well, but I got them back, and 2-under I think is pretty respectable round out there.”

This marks the second week in succession that Fathauer has held the 36-hole lead in the four-week-long Web.com Tour Finals. A week ago in Davidson, NC, he led by two strokes only to post rounds of 75-72 to finish T16 at the Chiquita Classic.

“I feel like I’m playing well enough, but who’s to say where I end up. I think what I found from last week is just staying patient and sticking to my game plan,” Fathauer added. “I’ve got another shot at it this week and I’ll just try to improve on last week.”

With cooler weather, firmer greens and more difficult pins on Friday, there were none of the lights-out scores that were posted during Thursday’s opening round. A day after Fathauer shot an 8-under-par 63 and Andrew Loupe, a 7-under-par 64, the low rounds posted on Friday were a pair of 3-under-par 68s by John Mallinger and Steve Marino.

“It was a bit cooler today and maybe there was a little more wind, but the greens were a bit firmer and some of the pins out there were really, really tricky,” Fathauer said.

The only blemishes on Fathauer’s card came when he made consecutive bogeys on Nos. 1 and 2 (he started on No. 10). He missed a four-footer for par on the first, and after hitting a poor tee shot on the second, was left with a 30-footer for par which he missed. That bogey dropped him back into a tie for the lead with Taylor. However, from that point on, he played mistake free, making birdies on Nos. 4 and 7 to regain his lead.

Three birdies by Taylor on his first nine holes helped him grab a share of the lead with Fathauer, but he was unable to maintain his momentum after his third on No. 17. After that he made nine consecutive pars and then closed his day with a three-putt bogey at No. 9, his first in the tournament.

“I think overall I’m in good shape, so I just want to keep doing what I’m doing on the weekend and just stay in the present,” Taylor said. “The greens are firm and it’s really hard to get to some of the pins now. You can’t even play at some of them. You have to play away and try to get your two-putts. They’re tough. There are a lot of little mounds and things in the greens that kind of prevent you from being able to fire right at them.”

 

SECOND-ROUND NOTES:

* Friday weather: Cloudy skies. Winds NE 5-10 mph. High of 65.

* Nathan Tyler was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard.

 

* Scott Pinckney withdrew prior to the start of the second round.

* Ryan Blaum withdrew during the round due to an injury.

 

* A total of 66 players made the 36-hole cut, which came at 2-over par 144.

 

* The 2-over cut matches the highest on Tour this year – Panama Claro Championship/2over, 142.

 

* The 66 players advancing to the weekend is the second smallest number to make the cut this year. The Utah Championship had the Tour minimum of 65 make the cut.

 

* Third-round play on Saturday will be in threesomes off the 1st and 10th tees. Times will run from 9:50-11:40 a.m. with an expected finish time of 4:30 p.m.

 

* Among the notables who won’t be around for the weekend is leading money winner and three-time champion in 2014 Carlos Ortiz. The 23-year old from Mexico had rounds of 72-79—151 (+9). After collecting his third win of the year at the WinCo Foods Portland Open three weeks ago, Ortiz missed the cut the following week at the Hotel Fitness Championship and did not play at last week’s Chiquita Classic.

 

* Adam Hadwin (T43), winner of last week’s Chiquita Classic, posted scores of 71-72—143 (+1) and advanced to the final two rounds.

 

* This is the second time in as many weeks that Derek Fathauer has been the 36-hole leader. He posted rounds of 66-66—132 (-12) at last week’s Chiquita Classic and led by two shots at the halfway mark. Fathauer went on to shoot 75-73 on the weekend and finished T16.

 

* Fathauer’s stats through two rounds:

18 of 28 fairways 64.3% T27

28 of 36 greens 77.8% T2

54 total putts T5

 

* Fathauer leads the field in birdies with 12 through 36 holes. Andrew Loupe is next with 11.

 

* First-round leader Andrew Loupe stumbled to a 3-over 75 Friday but his 5-under total still has him tied for seventh heading into Saturday’s third round. Loupe hit four fewer fairways today (7) than yesterday, two fewer greens (13) and had six more putts (33) than in his opener.

 

* Spencer Levin made the 36-hole cut despite having only one birdie through 36 holes. Levin has chalked up 3 bogeys and 32 pars thus far and is at 2-over 144. Levin hit 12 of 18 greens in each of the first two rounds but also had 32 putts in each. He shot an even-par 71 today – 18 pars – and heads into the weekend at T54.

 

* Justin Thomas (-6) has been a slow starter in each of his first two rounds. The former University of Alabama star rebounded both days with solid back-nine scores and is in good position (3rd) to challenge on the weekend:

– R1 started on front nine: 1-over 37 closed on back nine: 5-under 30 67

– R2 started on back nine: 3-over 38 closed on front nine: 5-under 31 69

 

* Players with local ties this week and how they fared through the first two rounds:

– Ryan Armour Akron/Ohio State University 72-77—149 (+7) m/c

– Ben Curtis Columbus/Kent St. 73-74—147 (+5) m/c

– Kyle Reifers born in Dublin 72-75—147 (+5) m/c

– Chris Wilson born in Columbus 73-77—150 (+8) m/c

 

* Best rounds of the day:

68 – John Mallinger, Steve Marino

69 – Matt Davidson, Derek Fathauer, Ashley Hall, Bill Lunde, Cameron Percy, Alex Prugh, Kyle Stanley,

Richard Sterne, Vaughn Taylor, Justin Thomas

 

* Friday turned out to be one of the toughest on Tour this year. The Scarlet Course produced a scoring average well above par and nearly two full strokes higher than Thursday’s opener. Here’s a list of the toughest single rounds on the Web.com Tour in 2014:

– Panama Golf Club 70.090 +2.090 R1 Panama Claro Championship

– Victoria National Golf Club 72.054 +2.054 R4 United Leasing Championship

– Ashburn Golf Club 72.012 +2.012 R3 Nova Scotia Open

– OSU (Scarlet Course) 72.975 +1.975 R2 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Champ.

 

* Scoring Averages for the week:

Front (36) — Back (35) — Total (71)

R1 36.087 — 35.278 — 71.365

R2 36.803 — 36.172 — 72.975

First Shot to Fight Cancer and Flag Folding Ceremony

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Web.com Tour Wives give back through “Fill the Cart with Fun” Campaign – Enhanced Pros fore Patients program returns

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Columbus, Ohio – The Web.com Tour Wives is partnering with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship to “Fill the Cart with Fun!” The Web.com Tour Wives is inviting tournament attendees to team up to help fill golf carts with games, toys and crafts that will benefit the patients of the Pediatric Cancer Unit at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Donations will be accepted during tournament week, September 11 – 14. For a list of needed items visit http://www.ncc-golf.com/tournament-info/charities/fill-the-cart-with-fun.

Additionally, representatives from the Web.com Tour Wives will be presenting Nationwide Children’s Hospital with a $1,500 donation on Thursday, September 11 at 10 a.m. near the main admission tent at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship.

“It is truly wonderful to be in a position to help those in need, especially children and their families,” said Katherine Swafford, wife of PGA TOUR member Hudson Swafford, who is chairing this event on behalf of the Web.com Tour Wives. “Fill the Cart with Fun is a unique and uplifting program. We are incredibly thankful that our partnership with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship helps touch so many young lives and we are excited to start this year’s campaign with an additional boost of $1,500 to help supplement the items collected through Sunday’s final round.”

The Web.com Tour Wives is a part of the PGA TOUR Wives Association.  The Association’s longstanding dedication to helping children and families in need led to them earning the 2013 Winnie Palmer Award from the Met N.Y. Golf Writers Association. The award is presented annually to an individual in golf who gives their time, energy and enthusiasm to those less fortunate.

In other news, tournament officials today announced the return of Birdie Time is Miller Time to Pub Thirteen. This fan favorite is located in a tented venue with premium views of the 13th hole that will be open all day during tournament rounds Thursday, September 12 through Sunday, September 13. Fans will enjoy a sports bar atmosphere with drink specials for 15 minutes each time a player in the field makes a birdie on the par-3 13th hole. A shot clock will count down the minutes.

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship is offering several onsite fan activities for 2014 tournament patrons. At the Nationwide Golf Academy fans can receive free golf lessons and compete in a closest to the pin contest Thursday – Sunday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. near the main tournament entrance gate. Fans can have their picture taken in front of a tournament themed background at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship Social Booth open Friday – Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. behind the 18th green. The pictures will be instantly available for fans to post on their social media channels directly from the booth. The Kids Autograph Zone presented by Nationwide Insurance will be open Thursday – Sunday and include a controlled space for kids to obtain autographs and a Fan Guide, featuring information on prominent players in the field, and Nationwide Insurance branded fine-point markers.

Other events of note at the 2014 tournament include the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Putting Challenge presented by Carrabba’s. The contest will be conducted Thursday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on the putting green located next to the main entrance gate. The cost will be $2.00 for one putt or $5.00 for three putts with one winner each day receiving a $100 Carrabba’s gift card and a dozen golf balls. The grand prize will be an iPad 2 and Germain Lexus of Dublin will supply a two-year lease of a Lexus, which will be determined by a putt-off of the four daily winners on Sunday, September 14 at 2:30 p.m. Graeter’s Ice Cream will be onsite Saturday, September 13, to give away free ice cream, compliments of Nationwide Insurance from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. next to the 18th green. The tournamentwill also offer a free pancake breakfast on Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. next to the main entrance gate. Try your luck catching pancakes flipped from distances up to 30 feet.

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship’s Pros fore Patients returns to tournament week and will be held Tuesday, September 9 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. This special program is designed to celebrate the tournament’s support of Nationwide Children’s and the more than $3.4 million that has been raised for pediatric cancer treatment and research since the tournament began in 2007. Pros fore Patients will highlight children who are battling, or have battled, pediatric cancer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The Pros fore Patients campaign will feature a special event on Tuesday at The Ohio State University Golf Club that will provide young cancer patients and survivors from Nationwide Children’s an opportunity to meet and interact with Web.com Tour and PGA TOUR players from the tournament’s field of competitors in a number of special activities, including a putting challenge, hitting stations, a hula hoop contest, face painting and more. Participants and their families will also create care packages to be delivered to inpatients at Nationwide Children’s Hospital during tournament week.

The field for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will compete over 72 holes of stroke play, with a cut to the top-60 players and ties after 36 holes. Golf Channel will broadcast tournament coverage from Thursday’s opening round to the trophy presentation on Sunday in high definition.

Tickets for the 2014 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship are available to the general public. The cost for one Any Day ticket, valid for any single day grounds admission Thursday – Sunday, is $10. A Weekly Ticket, providing admission to the tournament grounds Thursday – Sunday, is available at a cost of $30 per ticket. General admission to the practice rounds, Monday – Wednesday, including Wednesday’s Official Pro-am, are open to the public free of charge. Tickets for the tournament’s Hospitality Club*, a two-story skybox venue located on the 18th green, are available for $90 per day, including food and beverage. The Hospitality Club offers spectator viewing of Hole Nos. 9, 10 and 18. The lower level of the new structure is an enclosed, climate controlled space while the upper level is an open air terrace. The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship’s Charity Ticket Program, now entering its seventh year, allows for 100 percent of the revenue from general admission ticket sales to the benefit participating charity organizations. For a list of participating charities or to purchase tickets please visit www.ncc-golf.com.

For questions concerning ticket availability, how to become a volunteer and general Tournament information, please visit www.ncc-golf.com or call (614) 764-GOLF. Stay connected with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship on Twitter @NCHC_Golf and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NationwideChildrensChampionship.

 

*The sale of Hospitality Club tickets is not included in the Charity Ticket Program.

 

 

ABOUT THE NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CHAMPIONSHIP

 The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship is owned and operated by Champions of the Community, Inc., an Ohio non-profit corporation. The event is one of four Web.com Tour Finals tournaments that will determine the 50 players who earn PGA TOUR playing privileges for the 2014-2015 season and their eligibility position under the TOUR’s enhanced qualifying system. Featuring a purse of $1,000,000 the tournament is conducted to showcase the best golf on the Web.com Tour on one of the most challenging venues in the world, The Ohio State University – Scarlet Course, for the enjoyment of spectators and to benefit charitable organizations in central Ohio. For more information, call 614-764-GOLF or visit our website at www.ncc-golf.com.

 

ABOUT NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Ranked in all 10 specialties on U.S.News & World Report’s 2013-14 “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” list, Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare networks providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s, also ranked among the Top 10 on Parents magazine’s 2013 “Best Children’s Hospitals” list, has a medical staff of 1,100 and 9,400 employees that provide state-of-the-art pediatric care for one million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. Nationwide Children’s remains true to the original mission since its founding in 1892 of providing care regardless of a family’s ability to pay. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.

 

ABOUT THE WEB.COM TOUR

Founded (1990), owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Web.Com Tour continues to identify those players who are ready to compete and win on golf’s biggest stage. In an historic 2013 season, the Web.com Tour became the path to the PGA TOUR with all 50 available PGA TOUR cards coming through the Web.com Tour and the season culminating at the four-event Web.com Tour Finals. Web.com became the Tour’s umbrella sponsor on June 27, 2012. A 10-year agreement (through 2021) is in place. The Tour enters its 25th year of competition in 2014. Three out of four PGA TOUR members are Web.com Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won 390 PGA TOUR titles, including 19 majors and five PLAYERS Championships. The PGA TOUR, through the efforts of its tours and their tournaments, sponsors, players and volunteers, surpassed $2 billion in charitable giving in Jan. 2014. To learn more about the PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour and to follow the season-long quest for a PGA TOUR card, visit PGATOUR.COM, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

 

ABOUT THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT

The Ohio State University Department of Athletics is completely self supporting and receives no university monies, tax dollars or student fees. The Department of Athletics sponsors 36 fully funded varsity teams – 17 for women, 16 for men and three that are co-educational – and is committed to providing the very finest in academic and athletics support in an effort to provide its more than 1,000 student-athletes with a quality, life-changing experience at Ohio State.

 

ABOUT PGA TOUR WIVES ASSOCIATION, INC.

Supporting children and their families is the mission of the PGA TOUR Wives Association. The PGA TOUR Wives Association is actively engaged in outreach, volunteer service projects and fundraising initiatives, which impact local communities throughout the year in cities that support PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour tournaments. Celebrating its 26th year in 2014, the PGA TOUR Wives Association is a Florida not-for-profit, IRS designated 501c(3) corporation, organized to render support and provide assistance to needy children and their families through the means of charitable events. Its members, individually and as a group, are dedicated to helping children and their families. For more information, visit their website www.pgatourwives.org.

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Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship announces player commitments for 2014 field

Columbus, Ohio – At 6:15 p.m. EDT Tournament Officials announced the blended field of PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour players who are eligible and committed to compete in the 2014 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. The following players finished 126-200 on the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup points list or within the top-75 money winners on the Web.com Tour and have committed to play in the third of four Web.com Tour Finals events being hosted September 11-14 at The Ohio State University Golf Club in Columbus, OH.

The current field of competitors for Columbus is highlighted by a number of past winners on the PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour, collectively representing 60 TOUR victories and 106 Web.com Tour titles. That list features: Jonathan Byrd, Chad Campbell, 2003 Open Championship winner Ben Curtis, 2008 Masters Champion Trevor Immelman, Sean O’Hair, Rod Pampling, Tim Petrovic, Heath Slocum and 2009 PGA Championship winner Y.E. Yang.

 

Allan, Steve Davidson, Matt Imada, Ryuji Pampling, Rod Sterne, Richard
Allred, Jason Driscoll, James Immelman, Trevor Park, Sung Joon Stiles, Darron
Alvarado, Benjamen Durant, Joe Jobe, Brandt Percy, Cameron Sucher, Zack
Armour, Ryan Fathauer, Derek Johnson, Richard S. Peterson, John Swafford, Hudson
Axley, Eric Finau, Tony Kang, Sung Petrovic, Tim Taylor, Nick
Barber, Blayne Fraustro, Oscar Kelly, Troy Piller, Martin Taylor, Vaughn
Berger, Daniel Frazar, Harrison Kim, Michael Pinckney, Scott Teater, Josh
Bertoni, Travis Fritsch, Brad Kim, Whee Presnell, Alistair Thatcher, Roland
Bertsch, Shane Gainey, Tommy Kraft, Kelly Price, Aron Thomas, Justin
Blair, Zac Gardiner, Scott La’Cassie, Bronson Pride, Dicky Tomasulo, Peter
Blanks, Kris Gillis, Tom LaBelle II, Doug Prugh, Alex Tway, Kevin
Blaum, Ryan Goggin, Mathew Lee, D.H. Putnam, Andrew Tyler, Nathan
Burgoon, Bronson Gonzales, Andres Lee, Richard H. Randolph, Jonathan Van Aswegen, Tyrone
Byrd, Jonathan Gore, Jason Levin, Spencer Reavie, Chez van der Walt, Dawie
Campbell, Chad Grace, Branden Lingmerth, David Reifers, Kyle Varner III, Harold
Cappelen, Sebastian Haas, Hunter Loupe, Andrew Ridings, Tag Villegas, Manuel
Carballo, Miguel Angel Hadwin, Adam Lovemark, Jamie Roach, Wes Wagner, Johnson
Castro, Roberto Hall, Ashley Lunde, Bill Rodgers, Patrick Watkins, Aaron
Cejka, Alex Hart, Dudley Mallinger, John Rollins, John Weibring, Matt
Chalmers, Greg Hend, Scott Malnati, Peter Sainz Jr, Carlos Wheatcroft, Steve
Christian, Gary Henry, J.J. Marino, Steve Saunders, Sam Wi, Charlie
Collins, Chad Herman, Jim Matteson, Troy Sloan, Roger Wilcox, Will
Crawford, Adam Herron, Tim Nitties, James Slocum, Heath Wilson, Chris
Curl, Jeff Hoge, Tom Norlander, Henrik Smith, Byron Wittenberg, Casey
Curran, Jon Homa, Max O’Hair, Sean Stanley, Kyle Wright, Chase
Curtis, Ben Hubbard, Mark Ortiz, Carlos Stegmaier, Brett Yang, Y.E.

 

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will play a pivotal role in determining who will earn PGA TOUR membership for 2014-2015 season. As The Path to the PGA TOUR, the Web.com Tour awards 50 PGA TOUR cards for the upcoming season.

Twenty-five cards will be awarded to those players who earn the most cumulative money in the four-event Finals.

An additional 25 cards were previously awarded to the top-25 money winners during the 21-event Web.com Tour Regular Season, which concluded on Aug. 24th in Portland, Ore. Their order of priority on the PGA TOUR will be determined at the conclusion of the Finals based on their combined Regular Season and Finals earnings, thus any player who performs well in the four Finals events stands a chance of earning the coveted No. 1 position.

The leading money winner on both the combined Regular Season and Finals money lists and the leading money winner on the four-event Finals money list will be fully exempt on the PGA TOUR next season and receive an invitation to the 2015 PLAYERS Championship.

The ordering of all 50 players after the Web.com Tour Finals will be done on an alternating basis, beginning with the No. 1 player from the combined Regular Season and Finals money list and followed by the leading money winner from the four Web.com Tour Finals. The sequence then alternates between the combined Regular Season and Finals money list (3, 5, 7, 9, etc.) and the Web.com Tour Finals money list (4, 6, 8, 10, etc.) through the 25th player on both lists.

Last year, for the first time, all 50 PGA TOUR cards came through the Web.com Tour. Previously, 25 cards were awarded to the leading money winners on the Web.com Tour at season’s end and 25 more cards via the PGA TOUR Qualifying School in December. The PGA TOUR Qualifying School is no longer in existence, having been replaced by the Web.com Tour Qualifying School, which provides a first step on the path to the PGA TOUR.

The field for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will compete over 72 holes of stroke play, with a cut to the top-65 players and ties after 36 holes. Golf Channel will broadcast tournament coverage from Thursday’s opening round to the trophy presentation on Sunday in high definition.

Tickets for the 2014 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship are available to the general public. The cost for one Any Day ticket, valid for any single day grounds admission Thursday – Sunday, is $10. A Weekly Ticket, providing admission to the tournament grounds Thursday – Sunday, is available at a cost of $30 per ticket. General admission to the practice rounds, Monday – Wednesday, including Wednesday’s Official Pro-am, are open to the public free of charge. Tickets for the tournament’s Hospitality Club*, a two-story skybox venue located on the 18th green, are available for $90 per day, including food and beverage. The Hospitality Club offers spectator viewing of Hole Nos. 9, 10 and 18. The lower level of the new structure is an enclosed, climate controlled space while the upper level is an open air terrace. The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship’s Charity Ticket Program, now entering its seventh year, allows for 100 percent of the revenue from general admission ticket sales to the benefit participating charity organizations. For a list of participating charities or to purchase tickets please visit www.ncc-golf.com.

For questions concerning ticket availability, how to become a volunteer and general Tournament information, please visit www.ncc-golf.com or call (614) 764-GOLF. Stay connected with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship on Twitter @NCHC_Golf and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NationwideChildrensChampionship.

 

*The sale of Hospitality Club tickets is not included in the Charity Ticket Program.

 

ABOUT THE NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CHAMPIONSHIP

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship is owned and operated by Champions of the Community, Inc., an Ohio non-profit corporation. The event is one of four Web.com Tour Finals tournaments that will determine the 50 players who earn PGA TOUR playing privileges for the 2014-2015 season and their eligibility position under the TOUR’s enhanced qualifying system. Featuring a purse of $1,000,000 the tournament is conducted to showcase the best golf on the Web.com Tour on one of the most challenging venues in the world, The Ohio State University – Scarlet Course, for the enjoyment of spectators and to benefit charitable organizations in central Ohio. For more information, call 614-764-GOLF or visit our website at www.ncc-golf.com.

 

ABOUT NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
Ranked in all 10 specialties on U.S.News & World Report’s 2013-14 “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” list, Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare networks providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s, also ranked among the Top 10 on Parents magazine’s 2013 “Best Children’s Hospitals” list, has a medical staff of 1,100 and 9,400 employees that provide state-of-the-art pediatric care for one million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. Nationwide Children’s remains true to the original mission since its founding in 1892 of providing care regardless of a family’s ability to pay. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.

 

ABOUT THE WEB.COM TOUR

Founded (1990), owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Web.Com Tour continues to identify those players who are ready to compete and win on golf’s biggest stage. In an historic 2013 season, the Web.com Tour became the path to the PGA TOUR with all 50 available PGA TOUR cards coming through the Web.com Tour and the season culminating at the four-event Web.com Tour Finals. Web.com became the Tour’s umbrella sponsor on June 27, 2012. A 10-year agreement (through 2021) is in place. The Tour enters its 25th year of competition in 2014. Three out of four PGA TOUR members are Web.com Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won 389 PGA TOUR titles, including 19 majors and five PLAYERS Championships. The PGA TOUR, through the efforts of its tours and their tournaments, sponsors, players and volunteers, surpassed $2 billion in charitable giving in Jan. 2014. To learn more about the PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour and to follow the season-long quest for a PGA TOUR card, visit PGATOUR.COM, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

ABOUT THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT

The Ohio State University Department of Athletics is completely self supporting and receives no university monies, tax dollars or student fees. The Department of Athletics sponsors 36 fully funded varsity teams – 17 for women, 16 for men and three that are co-educational – and is committed to providing the very finest in academic and athletics support in an effort to provide its more than 1,000 student-athletes with a quality, life-changing experience at Ohio State.

 

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Positive attitude lifts Hadwin to Chiquita Classic title in second Finals event

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After opening the Chiquita Classic with a course record-tying, 9-under 63, Adam Hadwin struggled a bit in the second round. His even-par 72 included three birdies and three bogeys, and his two-shot lead had turned into a three-stroke deficit.

But after Friday’s round, Hadwin was upbeat about his chances for the weekend. He was particularly pleased by a short-iron approach he hit to three feet for birdie on his final hole of the day, the par-4 ninth.

If even par was his bad round for the week, he knew he would be okay. Sure enough, Hadwin rebounded with weekend rounds of 67 and 68, outlasting John Peterson by two shots for his second Web.com Tour victory of 2014.

“It’s very rare to play a tournament where you play great, or well, all four days,” Hadwin said. “Usually you have 18, maybe 27, holes where it’s not perfect golf and you’ve got to grind it out. You’ve got to get to the clubhouse as best you can. That birdie on the last hole of my second round, I hit two really good golf shots, and that boosted me for the weekend.”

Second-round leader Derek Fathauer struggled to weekend rounds of 75 and 72, ultimately finishing T16. Third-round leader Greg Chalmers got off to a rough start on Sunday, playing his first six holes in 3-over, and his final-round 75 led to a T8 finish.

Hadwin, on the other hand, limited the damage in a second round where he struggled to find a rhythm off the tee. His short game kept his score at level par, and he stayed in position to make a charge on the weekend.

Perhaps most importantly, he stayed optimistic about his chances.

“I was talking to my caddie [Joe Cruz] walking up 18, and I told him that three shots back of the lead is the closest that I’ve been in about half a year,” Hadwin said after completing his second round on Friday afternoon. “So it’s not all bad.”

Not all bad, at all.

Bud Cauley Wins Hotel Fitness Championship

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Throughout his standout amateur and junior golf career, Bud Cauley always had the good fortune of managing to avoid injury. Growing up in Florida, a healthy Cauley played in the 2006 Junior World Cup and the 2008 Junior World Golf Championships.

He moved on to a successful career at Alabama, where he was a two-time first team Golfweek All-American. He posted a 3-0-1 record in the 2009 Walker Cup, helping lead the United States to victory over Great Britain and Ireland. All the while, he was healthy.

The string of clean health was broken at the John Deere Classic on the PGA TOUR in July, when Cauley dislocated his shoulder while teeing off on the ninth hole in the third round. He played through the pain, but realized at weeks’ end (he finished T52) that he needed to take some time off.

So for the first time in his career, Cauley was sidelined. He didn’t touch a club for three weeks, and he made a rushed return at the TOUR’s Wyndham Championship in mid-August in hopes of moving into the top 25 in the FedExCup standings and securing TOUR status for 2014-15. He missed the cut by a shot, finishing No. 143 in the FedExCup standings and necessitating a return to the Web.com Tour Finals.

Still, Cauley managed to draw positives from the unfortunate experience. It made him realize how much he loved what he does.

“Even at Greensboro [the Wyndham Championship], when I wasn’t quite ready to play, I was just so anxious and happy to be out there,” Cauley said. “Just being at a tournament, playing and competing. When it’s out of your control, and you’re just at home for a month and a half watching guys play and obviously wishing you were out there, it showed how much I love playing golf and love what I do.”

That perspective was on display at last week’s Hotel Fitness Championship in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the first leg of the Web.com Tour Finals. Cauley shot 20-under 268 at Sycamore Hills GC to defeat Colt Knost by a shot, rallying from two behind with a seven-under 65 in the final round.

The win assures Cauley (and Knost) of TOUR status for 2014-15.

Cauley struggled at the start of 2013-14, missing five cuts in his first six starts and then failing to record a top-25 finish in late April. Once his game started to come around mid-season, though, the results quickly started to improve. He finished T11 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and the Travelers Championship in June, and he recorded a T4 at The Greenbrier Classic the week before he got hurt at the John Deere Classic.

Knowing he was starting to play better made the injury’s timing all the more frustrating. It halted his run toward the FedExCup’s top 125 – he was as low as No. 193 in February, and he fought his way to No. 130 before he was forced to take time off.

“It was just a huge pain in the ass, and I dealt with it the best I could,” Cauley said. “I was probably a miserable person the first couple of days. Having to go home and knowing I was playing well, and it kind of being out of my control, it was frustrating. But I just tried to do everything I could at home with the rehab, and tried to get out here as quickly as possible.”

After missing the cut at the Wyndham Championship, Cauley turned his attention to the Web.com Tour Finals, which he successfully conquered last year to earn his PGA TOUR card for 2013-14.

Cauley prepared the week prior to the Hotel Fitness Championship by playing practice rounds at home in Florida with friends and fellow professionals Aron Price, Tyler McCumber and Vince Covello. It was the first time since his injury that he felt able to play consistently, and the time on the course helped him shake off the rust.

It showed at Sycamore Hills GC. Cauley’s Finals efforts last year were highlighted by a T5 at the Hotel Fitness Championship, and it’s no surprise that the course has suited his eye from the get-go.

Cauley avoided the double and triple bogeys that plagued a large part of the field, and his 20-under total equaled Trevor Immelman’s winning score from 2013 – despite course renovations that narrowed landing areas off the tee and brought more trouble into play.

Cauley credited his success largely to keeping the ball in play off the tee, as well as playing the par 3s solidly. He played Sycamore Hills’ four demanding par-3 holes in one under for the week, with his only bogey coming in the opening round.

“A lot of that [avoiding big numbers] goes into driving,” Cauley said. “A lot of the trouble is on the tee shots, and the par 3s too. I played the par 3s well this week, hit a lot of good shots to give myself some good looks at birdies, and I didn’t hit any in the water or anything like that. So that was the key to playing those holes well.”

Cauley earned his ticket to TOUR quickly after college, making enough money on sponsor’s exemptions in 2011 to avoid a trip to Q school. In accomplishing this feat, he joined an elite club that includes Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth and Ryan Moore.

Cauley played well on TOUR in 2012, recording 10 top-25 finishes and keeping his card easily. He struggled in 2013, earned his card back through the Web.com Tour Finals, and was well positioned to keep his card in 2013-14 before the shoulder injury.

No worries, though. Cauley outshined a strong field in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and his ticket back to TOUR has been punched. “I don’t think I ever took it for granted, playing well,” Cauley said. “But after struggling a little bit and seeing how difficult it can be out here – especially with things like the shoulder – and you’re sitting at home wishing you were out playing, you definitely appreciate the good times more.”

Sounds like a good attitude to have for 2014-15.

For complete results visit: http://www.pgatour.com/content/pgatour/webcom/tournaments/hotel-fitness-championship/leaderboard.html

For an updated Web.com Tour priority ranking list visit: http://www.pgatour.com/webcom/stats/stat.02670.html