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2015 PATIENT CHAMPION QUENTEN LOCKE

2015 Patient Champion Quenten Locke began this year’s tournament competition by hitting the ceremonial first tee shot, called the First Shot to Fight Cancer! Quenten also made the final putt of the tournament during a moving ceremony at the conclusion of the final round, Sunday, September 27. Click here to meet Quenten.

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LOUISIANA’S ANDREW LOUPE WINS NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Third-Round Leaderboard

Pos. Name Score $ earned
1 Andrew Loupe 71-70-68-70 – 279 (-5) $180,000
2 Tom Hoge 70-72-70-69 – 281 (-3) $74,667
  Bronson Burgoon 71-72-68-70 – 281 (-3) $74,667
  Roberto Castro 70-68-68-75 – 281 (-3) $74,667
5 Dawie van der Walt 73-70-71-68 – 282 (-2) $35,125
  Mark Hubbard 70-69-76-67 – 282 (-2) $35,125
  Derek Ernst 68-71-71-72 – 282 (-2) $35,125
  Luke List 71-67-73-71 – 282 (-2) $35,125

 

LOUISIANA’S ANDREW LOUPE WINS NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CHAMPIONSHIP

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 27: Andrew Loupe tips his cap to fans after a birdie attempt on the 17th green during the final round of the Web.com Tour Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship at The Ohio State University Golf Club on September 27, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Former Louisiana State Tiger Andrew Loupe carded a 1-under 70 on Sunday and outlasted the field to win the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, the third event of the Web.com Tour Finals. Loupe’s 5-under-par 279 total on the demanding Scarlet Course at Ohio State University Golf Club was two strokes better than Tom Hoge (69), Bronson Burgoon (70) and third-round leader Roberto Castro (75).

“I knew what I had on the line,” said Loupe who collected a first-place check of $180,000 and moved up to No. 3 in The Finals’ standings. “I just kept telling myself to take it on this week.”

Mark Hubbard (67), Dawie van der Walt (68), Luke List (71) and Derek Ernst (72) shared fifth place at 2-under 282.

On a day where players were going backwards, Loupe minimized mistakes and took control of the tournament on the back nine. After making three bogeys and three birdies on the outward nine, the 26-year-old two-time All-American went bogey free coming in. Loupe’s birdie on No. 14 gave him the outright lead and helped secure his first win on the Web.com Tour.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve won,” said Loupe. “I guess I’ve got to cherish these moments. It’s hard to win in golf. But I always believed. I’ve been telling myself for a long time that I could do this. To be honest, this course stood out to me. I thought that it was probably my best chance to get one just because you can use length as an advantage a little bit out here.”

The long hitting Loupe played the first two Finals’ events without a driver in his bag. Knowing he could take advantage of the Scarlett, which reminded him of his home course, The University Club, the Baton Rouge native used the driver to his advantage finishing second in driving distance for the week.

“That definitely played a key role,” said Loupe who averaged 319 yards off the tee. “A few more wedges into some greens, flipping a couple of long par 4s around where you have gap wedge or pitching wedge into them. I knew that I would have to do that this week.”

Currently the Scarlet couse is ranked the third toughest course on Tour with a scoring average of 72.773.

Castro, the overnight leader, was impressed with how well Loupe maneuvered the difficult challenge given everything on the line.

“I’m sure he did more than just survive,” said Castro, when asked about how well Loupe played in the final round. “The guy who wins hits the shots when it matters.”

Castro’s day didn’t go as planned. Three bogeys on the back nine derailed the 30-year-old from Atlanta’s hopes of tasting victory. Despite coming up short in his quest for glory, Castro focused on what he accomplished this week in Columbus.

“I’m playing the PGA TOUR next year,” said Castro. “I’m playing good. Next week I can go try and win a golf tournament. It’s a positive step forward.”

Hoge started the final round T12; with only a few weeks left to jockey for position, Sunday’s 2-under round came at the perfect time. The 26-year-old Texas Christian University graduate was clutch coming down the stretch knowing he had a chance to secure his standing.

“I think we’re all thinking about that the whole time,” said Hoge, when asked about trying to lock up his TOUR card. “I knew that I probably had to finish top 10, and so that was the whole focus.”

SUNDAY NOTES:

* Sunday weather: Mostly cloudy with light rain showers after 5 p.m. Wind E-SE 8-16 mph. High of 73.

* This was the third tournament in the Web.com Tour Finals, a series of four events that will conclude at the Web.com Tour Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Sept. 28-Oct. 4. Twenty-five PGA TOUR cards were awarded two weeks ago following the WinCo Foods Portland Open. An additional 25 cards are up for grabs during the four Finals events, as well as positioning for all 50 cards.

* This is the third year of the Finals format and it’s difficult to estimate exactly how much money it will take to finish in the top-25 on the Finals money list and collect one of the remaining 25 PGA TOUR cards that will be handed out in a few weeks. Here’s how much money the No. 25 man on the money list earned in each of the past two years:
2013    No. 25 Bobby Gates                $33,650.00
2014    No. 25 Eric Axley                   $36,311.66
2015    No. 25 Jhonattan Vegas         $28,871.85 (through 3 Finals events)

* Peter Tomasulo (+4) and Tom Gillis (+10) both withdrew prior to the start of their fourth rounds Sunday.

ANDREW LOUPE:

* Andrew Loupe earns his first career win in his 44th Web.com Tour start and his eighth start this year. His previous career-best finish was a T5 at the 2013 South Georgia Classic

* Loupe earns his first career win at the age of 26 years, 10 months and 5 days.

* Loupe is the 15th first-time winner on Tour in 2015 through 24 events.

* Loupe is the 14th player in his 20s to win on Tour in 2015 through 24 events.

* Loupe picks up a check for $180,000. He had earned $181,694 in his first 43 career starts on Tour.

* Loupe increases his prize money in the Tour Finals to $190,642 and moves to third place among those players who had not locked up PGA TOUR cards prior to the start of the Finals and locks up his card for the 2015-16 season.

* Loupe’s finishes in the three Web.com Tour Finals:
T22      Hotel Fitness Championship                                                    $7,902.30
T53      Small Business Connection Championship at River Run                     $2,740.00
1st        Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship                     $180,000.00

* Loupe played on the PGA TOUR the past two years and his career-best finish in 38 starts was a T4 at the 2014 Valero Texas Open.

* Loupe made only five cuts in 15 starts on the PGA TOUR this past year and wound up No. 198 in the FedExCup standings to barely squeak into the Finals (Nos. 126-200). His best finish was a T6 at the Barbasol Championship.

* Loupe becomes the ninth player in Tour history from Louisiana State to win and the second this year – Smylie Kaufman/United Leasing Championship.

* Loupe chalks up the 12th Tour win by LSU players: Bob Friend, Perry Moss, Emlyn Aubrey (2), David Toms (2), Brian Bateman, Charles Raulerson (2), Scott Sterling, Smylie Kaufman, Andrew Loupe

* Loupe’s winning score of 5-under par is the highest winning score on Tour this year and the only single-digit winning score in 2015. The previous high score this year was fellow LSU alum Smylie Kaufman’s winning score of 10-under par at the United Leasing Championship.

* Loupe’s winning score of 5-under matches the highest winning score in the tournament’s nine-year history – Bill Lunde was also 5-under when he won here in 2008.

* Loupe’s winning score of 5-under is the highest on the Web.com Tour since Edward Loar won the 2012 Panama Claro Championship with a winning score of 4-under par (276).

TOURNAMENT NOTES:

* Former U.S. Open champion (2009) Lucas Glover fired a 3-under 68 and finish at 1-under 283 and T9 for the week. Glover now has three top-25 finishes in each of the first three Finals events and his paycheck this week will get him closer to earning his PGA TOUR card.
T22      Hotel Fitness Championship                                                   $7,902
T25      Small Business Connection Championship at River Run                     $7,946
T9        Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship                                   $23,142

* San Jose’s Mark Hubbard rebounded from a third-round 76 with a 4-under 67 on Sunday and jumped into a tie for fifth place. Hubard missed the cut at the Hotel Fitness Championship and tied for 30th at the Small Business Connection Championship at River Run. This week’s finish was worth $35,125, which puts him No. 15 on the Final Priority Ranking (not top-25) and gets him closer to earning a return trip to the PGA TOUR next season.

* Hubbard, 26, completed his rookie season on the PGA TOUR this year and made 15 cuts in 25 starts. He had only two top-25 finishes – T20 Humana Challenge, T24 John Deere Classic – and wound up No. 164 in the FedExCup standings.

* Tom Hoge’s 2-under 69 jumped him all the way to No. 7 on the Finals Priority Ranking (not top-25) and will lock up a TOUR card for him in 2015-16. Hoge was a rookie on the PGA TOUR this past year after earning his card in the 2014 Finals series. Hoge made 15 cuts in 26 starts and had a pair of top-10 finishes, including a T5 at the RBC Canadian Open. He ended the season No. 132 on the FedExCup points list.

* Third-round leader Roberto Castro (75) finished two shots off the winning score but his paycheck of $74,666.67 vaulted him to No. 4 on the Finals Priority Ranking (not top-25) and guaranteed a return trip to the PGA TOUR, where he has played the past four seasons. Castro has not won on either Tour in his career and his T2 this week matches his 2nd-place effort at the 2013 AT&T National on the PGA TOUR.

* Regular season money leader Patton Kizzire (WD) maintained the top spot on the money list. South Africa’s Dawie van der Walt jumped up to No. 2 with a T5 finish this week. Kizzire leads van der Walt by $167,131.01 heading into next week’s Tour Championship. Martin Piller (MC) dropped to No. 3 on the money list and trails Kizzire by $189,091.59 and won’t be able to make up the difference even with a win, which will pay out $180,000 to the champion.

Standings of top 25 players who have already earned 2015-16 PGA TOUR cards

Previous week

$ list

PLAYER Finished Current week

$ list

PLAYER Change from previous week Season $$$
1 Patton Kizzire WD 1 Patton Kizzire 532,740
2 Martin Piller MC 2 Dawie van der Walt +1 365,609
3 Dawie van der Walt T5 3 Martin Piller -1 343,648
4 Peter Malnati MC 4 Peter Malnati 305,407
5 Jamie Lovemark DNP 5 Jamie Lovemark 301,382
6 D.H. Lee WD 6 D.H. Lee 281,066
7 Smylie Kaufman MC 7 Smylie Kaufman 274,498
8 Steve Marino T23 8 Steve Marino 268,838
9 Dicky Pride DNP 9 Bronson Burgoon +9 263,319
10 Kelly Kraft T29 10 Dicky Pride -1 257,967
11 Wes Roach MC 11 Kelly Kraft -1 253,693
12 Shane Bertsch MC 12 Wes Roach -1 244,032
13 Si Woo Kim T16 13 Si Woo Kim 243,886
14 Tyler Aldridge MC 14 Shane Bertsch -2 240,369
15 Abraham Ancer MC 15 Tyler Aldridge -1 207,131
16 Miguel Carballo MC 16 Abraham Ancer -1 201,818
17 Michael Kim T29 17 Harold Varner III +3 199,504
18 Bronson Burgoon T2 18 Michael Kim -1 199,203
19 Rod Pampling T56 19 Miguel Carballo -3 193,966
20 Harold Varner III T16 20 Rod Pampling -1 189,272
21 Darron Stiles DQ 21 Darron Stiles 180,015
22 Andrew Landry DNP 22 Andrew Landry 176,381
23 Sung Knag T61 23 Sung Kang 175,942
24 Lucas Lee WD 24 Lucas Lee 164,045
25 Patrick Rodgers DNP 25 Patrick Rodgers 162,070

 

Finals Priority Ranking of top 25 players who have not earned PGA TOUR cards

Previous week PLAYER Finished Current week PLAYER Change from previous week Finals

$$$

1 Chez Reavie T20 1 Chez REavie 215,066
2 Henrik Norlander T9 2 Henrik Norlander 203,142
3 Emiliano Grillo MC 3 Andrew Loupe +30 190,642
4 Michael Thompson T39 4 Roberto Castro +11 104,785
5 Brett Stegmaier WD 5 Emiliano Grillo -2 103,666
6 Ricky Barnes T23 6 Michael Thompson -2 94,830
7 Anirban Lahiri DNP 7 Tom Hoge +28 85,118
8 Kyle Stanley MC 8 Brett Stegmaier -3 71,000
9 Sam Saunders T47 9 Ricky Barnes -3 59,255
10 Hiroshi Iwata T44 10 Anirban Lahiri -3 49,750
11 Roberto Castro T2 11 Hiroshi Iwata -1 47,400
12 Eric Axley T52 12 Sam Saunders -3 46,950
13 Andrew Yun MC 13 Kyle Stanley -5 46,750
14 Scott Langley T65 14 Mark Hubbard +37 40,980
15 Jhonattan Vegas T39 15 Lucas Glover +9 38,991
16 Ryan Armour MC 16 Derek Ernst +49 38,535
17 Tom Gillis WD (54) 17 Luke List +68 35,125
18 Derek Fathauer MC 18 Rhein Gibson +14 33,942
19 Steve Allan T29 19 Tim Wilkinson +15 33,675
20 Justin Hicks T29 20 Eric Axley -8 32,105
21 Brad Fritsch T39 21 Ryan Spears +40 31,278
22 Brian Davis T20 22 Brian Davis 29,976
23 Bill Lunde T23 23 Steve Allan -4 29,402
24 Lucas Glover T9 24 Justin Hicks -4 29,300
25 John Merrick MC 25 Jhonattan Vegas -10 28,871
25 Jonathan Byrd T29        

 

* Scoring averages for the week:
Front (36)        Back (35)         Total (71)         Cumulative
R1       36.648             36.328             72.976             —
R2       37.177             35.509             72.686             72.832
R3       36.625             36.111             72.736             72.794
R4       36.882             35.794             72.676             72.773

Interview with 3rd Round Leader Roberto Castro

 

ROBERTO CASTRO LEADS BY TWO SHOTS AFTER 54 HOLES AT NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Third-Round Leaderboard

 

Pos. Name Score
1 Roberto Castro 70-68-68—206 (-7)
2 Harold Varner III 70-72-66—208 (-5)
Robert Garrigus 69-72-67—208 (-5)
Zack Fischer 72-67-69—208 (-5)
5 Andrew Loupe 71-70-68—209 (-4)

 

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 26: during the third round of the Web.com Tour Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship at The Ohio State University Golf Club on September 26, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

ROBERTO CASTRO LEADS BY TWO SHOTS AFTER 54 HOLES AT NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Columbus, Ohio – Roberto Castro fired a 3-under 68 Saturday and moved into the 54-hole lead at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, the third of four Web.com Tour Finals events.

Castro has avoided mistakes better than anyone in the field this week and his 7-under 206 total is two shots better than Harold Varner III (66), Robert Garrigus (67) and Zack Fischer (69).

Andrew Loupe (68) is three shots off the pace heading into the final round at the Ohio State University Golf Club’s treacherous Scarlet Course.

Derek Ernst (71), Rhein Gibson (72) and second-round leader Martin Flores (73) are four strokes back.

“I played nicely today,” said the leader. “This golf course is something else. I would love to know on three or four holes a day if there was a single birdie in the entire field. There are only so many birdie opportunities out there.”

Castro has converted nine of his birdie chances the first three days but more importantly he’s made only two bogeys, the fewest in the field. The Georgia Tech grad isn’t giving up on birdies but he’s cautious when it comes to attacking pins.

“If you get into that mode (of giving up) you start going the other direction,” he said. “You’re trying to make birdies but there are three or four holes out there where you have to make a 30-footer.”

Castro hit the bell with a couple of 20-footers down the stretch and gave himself a little breathing room at the three-quarter mark.

“I haven’t won in a long time,” he noted. “I played out here for a year and four years on the PGA TOUR and I haven’t won. That’s a focus. That’s something I want to do.”

Varner moved into contention with his 5-under 66, the best round of the week.

“I’ve been hitting it everywhere,” he said. “I’m still hitting it everywhere but I’m just finding a way to score. I’m getting up and down when I miss the green and obviously making the putts when I get the chance.”

Varner didn’t hit many fairways (only 6 of 14) but still managed to give himself plenty of chances by knocking it on 14 greens in regulation.

“At least I’m hitting it in a vicinity where I can find it,” he added.

Varner rolled in six birdies in a nine-hole stretch midway through the round and moved up the leaderboard. The 25-year old East Carolina grad is also looking to move up the money list after finishing the Tour’s Regular Season No. 25 on the money list.

“Pressure is a privilege. When pressure comes around you’re obviously doing something right,” he said. “I’ve never won so that motivates me more than anything. I’m moving up slowly. I don’t know what number I need to get to, but I think a win would help a lot.”

Garrigus bombed his way around the Scarlet layout and added his name to the leaderboard.

“I was piping it down the middle, hitting it long and hitting really good iron shots,” he said. “I’m pretty sure it was silly how far I was hitting it. I was hitting a perfect high draw right in the middle of the face.”

SATURDAY NOTES:

* Saturday weather: Mostly cloudy. Wind E-SE 8-1 mph. High of 73

* Sunday’s play will be in threesomes off the 1st and 10th tees. Times will run from 9:30-11:30 a.m. with an expected finish time of 4:30 p.m. ET.

* This week’s purse is $1M with $180,000 awarded to the champion.

* This is the third tournament in the Web.com Tour Finals, a series of four events that will conclude at the Web.com Tour Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Sept. 28-Oct. 4. Twenty-five PGA TOUR cards were awarded two weeks ago following the WinCo Foods Portland Open. An additional 25 cards are up for grabs during the four Finals events, as well as positioning for all 50 cards.

* This is the third year of the Finals format and it’s difficult to estimate exactly how much money it will take to finish in the top-25 on the Finals money list and collect one of the remaining 25 PGA TOUR cards that will be handed out in a few weeks. Here’s how much money the No. 25 man on the money list earned in each of the past two years:
2013    No. 25 Bobby Gates    $33,650.00
2014    No. 25 Eric Axley       $36,311.66
2015    No. 25 ???                  ???

* With two of the four Finals completed, it’s still difficult to gauge exactly how much money it will take to secure a top-25 spot on the money list, but history dictates that something over the $40,000 mark could be enough to garner a 2015-16 PGA TOUR card. Here is a list of those 10 players who have topped that number after two events and how they finished in the Hotel Fitness Championship and Small Business Connection Championship at River Run, respectively and how they have fared this week:
– Chez Reavie                 $203,000         T10, 1st
– Henrik Norlander      $180,000          1st, m/c
– Emiliano Grillo           $103,666           9th, T2         missed the cut
– Michael Thompson    $90,630             T2, T56
– Brett Stegmaier           $71,000             8th, 5th        withdrew after 1st round
– Ricky Barnes                $50,500            T16, 6
– Anirban Lahiri             $49,500            T6, T16        did not play
– Kyle Stanley                  $46,750            T16, T7        missed the cut
– Hiroshi Iwata                $44,000           T4, m/c
– Sam Saunders               $44,000           T4, dnp

* D.H. Lee (78) withdrew after completing the third round. Lee is already assured of a PGA TOUR card next season thanks to his 15th-place finish on the Web.com Tour’s Regular Season money list. Lee improved his position to 5h in the Priority Rankings with a T2 finish at the Hotel Fitness Championship and a T39 at the Small Business Connection Championship at River Run a week ago. The 28-year old from Korea will take a streak of 17 consecutive cuts into next week’s Tour Championship.

* Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano was disqualified for failing to sign his scorecard after the round.

* For the second time in 51 starts on the Web.com Tour, Roberto Castro holds the outright 54-hole lead. In 2010, Castro had a one-stroke advantage entering Sunday’s final round at the Air Capital Classic, carded an even-par 71 and finished one-stroke behind champion Jhonatthan Vegas.

* At the PGA TOUR’s 2013 Quicken Loans National, Castro was in a four-way tie for the 54-hole lead with James Driscoll, Bill Hass and Andres Romero after the third round. Castro posted a 2-under 69 in the final round and finished three back of Haas. The solo second is Castro’s best performance on TOUR.

* Castro has played this event twice (2011, 2014) his final-round scoring average on the Scarlet Course is 70.50.

* Castro carded scores of 72-70-81-73 for a T60 one year ago.

* Castro’s 54-hole summary: 29 of 42 fairways, 38 of 54 greens, 4 of 6 sand saves and 85 putts.

* Castro finished T44 at the Hotel Fitness Championship to begin the Finals and added a T9 last week at the Small Business Connection Championship at River Run.

* Last year, Justin Thomas, Derek Fathauer and Richard Sterne were deadlocked at 5-under-par after 54 holes. Thomas and Sterne each carded 1-under 70s in the final round to force a playoff. Thomas defeated Sterne with a birdie on the first extra hole to earn his first Web.com Tour victory.

* This week’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship is Robert Garrigus’ first made cut in this year’s Web.com Tour Finals.

* In 25 starts on the PGA TOUR this season Garrigus made 11 cuts but did not record a top-10 finish.

“I was just so mind boggled at how my golf has been this year. I’ve taken everything that I’ve learned in my entire career and putting it into this golf tournament.”

* Harold Varner III finished the Regular Season No. 25 on the money list and earned the final PGA TOUR card awarded at the conclusion of the WinCo Foods Portland Open. On Saturday, while Varner played his way into contention in Columbus, OH, his sister, Jatcie, was saying her wedding vows in Greensboro, N.C.

“I sent her a text message this morning. She was pretty busy. I don’t think she even replied back. It’s a big day for her. Obviously I wish I could be there.”

* In August, after an opening-round 76 at the Utah Championship, Zack Fischer fired 64-68-66 and finished T3, his best performance on Tour this season.

* Fischer has made one of two cuts in The Finals and finished T56 at last week’s Small Business Connection Championship.

* Andrew Loupe finished birdie-birdie and posted 68 to get into contention. The 26-year-old from Baton Rouge, La. finished T22 at the Hotel Fitness Championship and T53 Small Business Connection Championship at River Run. Loupe entered the week No. 58 in The Finals standings.

“I thought I did a good job of blocking that out today. Really, I know where I am. I’m not faking it like I don’t think about it. I’m just trying to embrace it and take it on. You know, it’s a huge moment for me. It’s not like I’m going to say it’s not.”

* Scoring averages for the week:
Front (36)        Back (35)         Total (71)         Cumulative
R1
      36.648             36.328             72.976                —
R2
      37.177              35.509             72.686               72.832
R3
      36.625             36.111              72.736                72.794

MARTIN FLORES TAKES ONE-SHOT LEAD AT NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CHAMPIONSHIP

 

Second-Round Leaderboard

Pos. Name Score
1 Martin Flores 67-70—137 (-5)
2 Sam Saunders 70-68—138 (-4)
Rhein Gibson 70-68—138 (-4)
Roberto Castro 70-68—138 (-4)
Luke List 71-67—138 (-4)
6 Five players tied at 3-under 139

 

MARTIN FLORES TAKES ONE-SHOT LEAD AT NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CHAMPIONSHIP

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 25: Martin Flores watches his drive on the 13th hole during the second round of the Web.com Tour Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship at The Ohio State University Golf Club on September 25, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

 

Columbus, Ohio – Martin Flores carded a second-round 1-under 70 and grabbed the lead after 36 holes of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, the third event of the Web.com Tour Finals.  The 33-year-old Texan navigated the tough Scarlett Course at Ohio State University Golf Club and posted a 5-under 137 total, one shot ahead of Sam Saunders (68), Rhein Gibson (68), Roberto Castro (68) and Luke List (67).

Five players are at 3-under 138 including Tour rookie Zack Fischer (67) who made 10 birdies Friday afternoon.

Flores recorded nine consecutive pars to start his round and didn’t make a birdie until his 11th hole of the day. The 10-year-pro stayed positive, remained patient and never got too emotional on the course.

“I try to do a good job of keeping a good attitude,” said Flores, who has only three bogeys through 36 holes. “Sometimes it’s a struggle, but this game is tough sometimes.”

For the second straight day the PGA TOUR veteran found the fairway bunker off the tee on the par-4, 10th hole. Instead of trying to pull off the heroic shot, Flores took his medicine, blasted the ball back into play and settled for bogey. The former Oklahoma Sooner didn’t let the dropped shot get to him and went on to record three birdies en-route to a one-under round.

“Everybody has a battle within themselves of some kind when they play,” said Flores about the challenge of staying in it mentally. “It’s overcoming that battle and going out there and executing golf shots.”

Flores struggled this season on TOUR and failed to record a top-10 finish in 30 events for the first time in his career. Flores knows golf can be a humbling game and is trying to learn from his misfortunes in the hope of a breakthrough this week.

“Every year, if you don’t go out and prove yourself, you’re going to get beat up a little bit,” he said. “Sometimes you take a step back to take a couple of leaps forward.”

Gibson really got things going after making the turn on Friday. The 29-year-old Australian made five birdies coming in and posted a back-nine 31. Gibson is not afraid to go low, his 16-under-par 55 at River Oaks Golf Club in Edmond, Okla. is recognized by the Guinness Book of World as the lowest round of all time. This week marks the first time Gibson has seen the Scarlett Course and he has enjoyed the challenge so far.

“I actually find tougher courses better for me,” said Gibson. “I like to grind when par is a good score.”

Castro arrived at the 18th hole one off the lead. The 30-year-old Georgia Tech alum didn’t appear to be in any trouble after his approach missed the green long. Castro flubbed a straightforward chip that left him 15 feet short of the hole, but drained the par putt and walked away with one of two mistake-free rounds on Friday.

“It’s just something my caddie and I talk about every once in a while,” said Castro about the blemish-free scorecard. “I just love playing bogey-free rounds.”

FRIDAY NOTES:

* Friday weather: Mostly sunny. Wind E 7-15 mph. High of 79.

* A total of 73 players made the 36-hole cut, which came at 4-over 146.

* This is sixth time in the tournament’s nine-year history that the cut has been over par and it matches the highest cut of 4-over in the tournament’s inaugural year (2007).

* This only the fourth time in 24 events this year that the 36-hole cut has been over par and it matches the highest cut on Tour this year:
4-over Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship
4-over United Leasing Championship
3-over  Panama Claro Championship
2-over  Cartagena de Indias at Karibana Championship

* Saturday’s play will be in twosomes off the first tee. Times will run from 8:10 a.m. to 1:50 p.m.

* This week’s purse is $1M with $180,000 awarded to the champion.

* This is the third tournament in the Web.com Tour Finals, a series of four events that will conclude at the Web.com Tour Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Sept. 28-Oct. 4. Twenty-five PGA TOUR cards were awarded two weeks ago following the WinCo Foods Portland Open. An additional 25 cards are up for grabs during the four Finals events, as well as positioning for all 50 cards.

* This is the third year of the Finals format and it’s difficult to estimate exactly how much money it will take to finish in the top-25 on the Finals money list and collect one of the remaining 25 PGA TOUR cards that will be handed out in a few weeks. Here’s how much money the No. 25 man on the money list earned in each of the past two years:
2013    No. 25 Bobby Gates     $33,650.00
2014    No. 25 Eric Axley       $36,311.66
2015    No. 25 ???                  ???

* With two of the four Finals completed, it’s still difficult to gauge exactly how much money it will take to secure a top-25 spot on the money list, but history dictates that something over the $40,000 mark could be enough to garner a 2015-16 PGA TOUR card. Here is a list of those 10 players who have topped that number after two events and how they finished in the Hotel Fitness Championship and Small Business Connection Championship at River Run, respectively:
– Chez Reavie                 $203,000          T10, 1st
– Henrik Norlander       $180,000          1st, m/c
– Emiliano Grillo           $103,666            9th, T2
– Michael Thompson    $90,630             T2, T56
– Brett Stegmaier           $71,000              8th, 5th
– Ricky Barnes                $50,500             T16, 6
– Anirban Lahiri             $49,500             T6, T16
– Kyle Stanley                 $46,750              T16, T7
– Hiroshi Iwata               $44,000             T4, m/c
– Sam Saunders              $44,000             T4, dnp

* Andrew Svoboda withdrew during the second round due to an injury.

* Stuart Appleby and Rick Cochran both withdrew following the completion of the first round on Thursday.

* Leading money winner Patton Kizzire withdrew after 9 holes Friday due to back problems. Kizzire was 1-over for the day and 5-over for the tournament at the time. This is the first time that Kizzire has withdrawn from a tournament in 28 career starts, and 22 starts this year.

* Kizzire missed the cut at last week’s Small Business Connection Championship at River Run. It was only his fourth missed cut in 21 starts this year. The 29-year old holds down the top spot on the money list among the 25 players who have already earned their PGA TOUR cards via the Regular Season with $532,741.

* Of the top names on the leaderboard, only two have already secured PGA TOUR cards via the Web.com Tour’s Regular Season — Steve Marino (T6) and Lucas Lee (T6). The other 18 are still fighting to earn cards, though a few, including Hotel Fitness Championship winner Henrik Norlander (T11) have locked up their 2015-16 cards.

* Ohio State grad Chris Smith played his final 10 holes in 4-under par and posted a 69 that put him at 2-over 144. Smith rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt on his last hole of the day (No. 9) and is T43. Smith missed the cut at the Hotel Fitness Championship and was T30 at last weeks Small Business Connection Championship at River Run.

* Fellow OSU Buckeye Ryan Armour posted scores of 76-74—150 (+8) and missed the cut. Armour finished T44 and T12 in the first two Finals events and will need another top-15 finish at next week’s Tour Championship to get into the top-25 on the money list and earn a TOUR card.

* Luke List overcame a bogey-bogey-bogey start and shot a 4-under 67. List rebounded with five birdies, an eagle and no bogeys over his next 15 holes.

* Texarkana’s Zack Fischer (T6) chalked up ten birdies in his afternoon round but those were countered by two bogeys and two double bogeys for a 4-under 67. Fischer’s second double of the day came at No. 8 and dropped him out of a second-place tie at 4-under par but then he stuffed an 8-iron from a fairway bunker to three feet and made the putt to push his birdie total into double digits. Fischer had trouble off the tee (only six of 14 fairways) and managed to hit only 12 of 18 greens in regulation.

* Not surprisingly, Fischer leads the tournament with 12 birdies through 36 holes.

* Roberto Castro (68) and Kelly Kraft (69) were the lone bogey-free rounds on Friday.

* Texan Cody Gribble posted a 4-under 67 that included six birdies and a double bogey on the par-5, 4th hole. Gribble is at 1-over for 36 holes and T30.

* Former U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover posted a 1-over 72 that featured 17 pars. Glover, who hit only seven of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens, is 2-over for the tournament and T43.

* Scoring averages for the week:
Front (36)        Back (35)         Total (71)        Cumulative
R1       36.648             36.328             72.976             —
R2       37.177             35.509             72.686             72.832

Nationwide Social Booth

Sam Saunders tried out the new Nationwide Social Booth after his second round 68 vaulted him into a tie for second place.

Fans who participate and share their video on Twitter or Facebook will receive a complimentary coupon to the Cold Stone Creamery booth, also located behind the 18th green. Coupons can be redeemed from 10:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Friday – Sunday for a free food item, including ice cream, caramel apples, hot chocolate, coffee and more, all compliments of Nationwide.

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ARAGON, FLORES SHARE OPENING-ROUND LEAD AT NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CHAMPIONSHIP

First-Round Leaderboard

Pos. Name Score
1 Alex Aragon 67 (-4)
Martin Flores 67 (-4)
3 Aaron Watkins 68 (-3)
Blake Adams 68 (-3)
Steve Marino 68 (-3)
Brad Elder 68 (-3)
Derek Ernst 68 (-3)

 

ARAGON, FLORES SHARE OPENING-ROUND LEAD AT NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Columbus, Ohio – Alex Aragon fired a 4-under 67 early in the day and wound up sharing the first-round lead with afternoon starter Martin Flores at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, the third of four Web.com Tour Finals events.

Aaron Watkins, Blake Adams, Steve Marino, Brad Elder and Derek Ernst all posted 3-under 68s and are tied for third place, while another six players are knotted at 69, including Henrik Norlander and Chez Reavie, the winners of the first two Finals events.

Aragon has been battling to find fairways for most of the year and ran into similar problems Thursday, hitting only five of 14 fairways at the difficult Scarlet Course at Ohio State University.

“A lot of good golf with bad scoring,” said Aragon of his 2015 Web.com Tour season which saw him finish No. 68 on the Regular Season money list. “I’ve been working really hard on trying to get off the tee boxes. I’ve taken a lot of penalty strokes the last month or so. Keeping it in play off the tee has been my focus for the last month.”

Though he didn’t hit many in the short grass, the 2001 Stanford grad was particularly pleased with his play on the par-4, 1st hole, his 10th of the day.

“I told my caddie I think I outsmarted everybody off of one today,” he said. “I saw almost everyone else hitting driver but I hit 2-iron. With a 2-iron you just hit it up the left side and you just give yourself the fat half of the fairway. If you hit it any distance at all, the left half of the fairway is not there because you’re going to go right through it.”

Aragon needed only a wedge for his second shot on the 435-yard hole and canned his fifth, and last, birdie putt of the round.

The 36-year old Californian began on the back nine and managed to get off to a better start this week with birdies at Nos. 11, 12 and 13, a far cry from the quintuple bogey-10 he posted on his third hole of the opening round at last week’s Small Business Connection Championship at River Run.

“The main thing going on with me is that I’ve just been ruining my score right out of the gate,” said Aragon, who opened with a 79 a week ago. “I didn’t overthink anything today. You’ve just go to play the angles on this golf course and be patient. There are no easy putts and no easy shots.”

Flores, who finished No. 156 in the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup standings this year, added his name as a co-leader with a five-foot birdie putt on his closing hole, the 9th.

“I’m happy with the start,” said Flores, a University of Oklahoma grad. “Most of the year I’ve played three good days and one terrible day. That’s how I’ve been and I’ve been trying to turn that around and have more consistency. I’m happy with how I did today but past that, I’m not really looking much ahead.”

If he did he would see a difficult golf course that may get tougher as the week progresses. Last year the par-71 Scarlet course was the most difficult on Tour after a four-day scoring average of 72.590. Thursday’s opener produced a scoring average of 72.976 and saw only 13 players post sub-70 scores and only 28 break par.

“It’s brutal,” said Norlander, who won the Hotel Fitness Championship two weeks ago in Indiana. “It’s shocking. I think it’s the toughest golf course in the world. I haven’t played many tougher. You can’t relax on one single hole. There is not one single hole where you can get away with hitting a bad shot and still make par. Here, if you lose focus, you’re making bogeys and doubles quickly.”

Reavie, winner last week at the Small Business Connection Championship at River Run near Charlotte, said the exact same thing about the famed Scarlet course.

“This course is brutal. Every hole has teeth,” he said. “You have to be on your game. You have to be putting well and you have to be chipping well. It’s very, very difficult.”

THURSDAY NOTES:

* Thursday weather: Mostly sunny. Wind E 6-12 mph. High of 81.

* This week’s purse is $1M with $180,000 awarded to the champion.

* This is the third tournament in the Web.com Tour Finals, a series of four events that will conclude at the Web.com Tour Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Sept. 28-Oct. 4. Twenty-five PGA TOUR cards were awarded two weeks ago following the WinCo Foods Portland Open. An additional 25 cards are up for grabs during the four Finals events, as well as positioning for all 50 cards.

* This is the third year of the Finals format and it’s difficult to gauge exactly how much money it will take to finish in the top-25 on the Finals money list and collect one of the remaining 25 PGA TOUR cards that will be handed out in a few weeks. Here’s how much money the No. 25 man on the money list earned in each of the past two years:
2013    No. 25 Bobby Gates    $33,650.00
2014    No. 25 Eric Axley       $36,311.66
2015    No. 25 ???                  ???

* With two of the four Finals completed, it’s still difficult to gauge exactly how much money it will take to secure a top-25 spot on the money list, but history dictates that something over the $40,000 mark could be enough to garner a 2015-16 PGA TOUR card. Here is a list of those 10 players who have topped that number after two events and how they finished in the Hotel Fitness Championship and Small Business Connection Championship at River Run, respectively:
– Chez Reavie                 $203,000        T10, 1st
– Henrik Norlander      $180,000         1st, m/c
– Emiliano Grillo           $103,666         9th, T2
– Michael Thompson    $90,630           T2, T56
– Brett Stegmaier           $71,000           8th, 5th
– Ricky Barnes                $50,500           T16, 6
– Anirban Lahiri             $49,500           T6, T16
– Kyle Stanley                 $46,750            T16, T7
– Hiroshi Iwata              $44,000            T4, m/c
– Sam Saunders             $44,000            T4, dnp

 

* Brett Stegmaier (74) and Nicholas Lindheim (79) both withdrew following completion of the first round.

* Darron Stiles (73) was disqualified following the first round. Stiles used a club that was damaged during the round other than in the normal course of play. The damage changed the playing characteristics of the club.

* Through 23 events this season on Tour, Alex Aragon has made nine cuts and recorded three top-10 performances. His best showing came at the Utah Championship (T3) in August.

 

* In 2014, Aragon played the PGA TOUR full time and made just two cuts in 18 starts.

 

“Really last year was – I don’t know. It was just a snowball effect,” he said. “I don’t think I played any worse. Kind of on the same thing: I felt like I played fine. I putter poorly at the wrong times and just missed it – when you’re only playing two days a week it’s hard to really know what you’re doing.”

 

* Martin Flores failed to post a top-10 performance for the first time in five seasons on the PGA TOUR. Flores played in 30 events on TOUR, competed on the weekend 18 times and finished 156 in the FedExCup standings.

 

* The last time Flores posted four rounds under par in a tournament on TOUR was the 2014 CareerBuilder Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation.

 

* Aaron Watkins has missed 10 of 12 cuts since a T10 at the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation back in May.

 

“Up early, then down pretty much until today,” he said of his year to date. “Just kind of the way it goes, highs and lows. Just to have kind of ride it out and just know that, you know, it’ll get better.”

 

* Blake Adams posted his lowest first-round score this season since the CareerBuilder Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation (64) in January.

 

* Akron, Ohio native Ryan Armour carded a 76 on Thursday morning and failed to record a single birdie during his round. In five previous starts in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, the former Ohio State Buckeye has made just one cut. The 5-over round today is his highest opening-round in this event. Armour spent four years in Columbus and graduated in 1999. He has played the Scarlett course countless times but not as much after it was redesigned in 2003.

 

“You want it to be home but it’s not,” he admitted. “I don’t know anything out here anymore. I don’t know the reads, the lines off the tee. It’s great to be home with family, friends, ex-teammates, coaches, and that stuff, the Ohio State Nation.”

 

* Web.com Tour leading money winner Patton Kizzire carded a 4-over 75 in the first round. This is the highest opening-round score this season for Kizzire and only the fourth time in 22 events he has recorded a score over par on his first 18.

 

* Peter Malnati’s 5-over 76 in the first round ties his highest opening-round score this season (Colombia Championship presented by Claro). This is the fifth time this year Malnati has failed to post a score of par or better to start a tournament.

* Scoring averages for the week:
Front (36)        Back (35)         Total (71)         Cumulative
R1       36.648             36.328             72.976             —

Interview Transcripts

Please click here for interview transcripts from the 2015 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship.

Web.com Tour Wives elevate giving through “Fill the Cart with Fun” Campaign

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Tournament week fan engagement initiatives to be anchored by fan favorite, “Birdie Time is Miller Time” at Pub Thirteen

 

Pros fore Patients program returns to tournament week

 

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 24 – 27. 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 Wednesday, September 23 at 12:30 p.m. near the main admission tent at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship.

 

“‘Fill the Cart with Fun’ has been a very successful program at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship for seven years now,” said Tia Kraft, wife of Web.com Tour member Kelly Kraft, who is chairing the event on behalf of the Web.com Tour Wives. “The Tour Wives are grateful to have the opportunity to help organize the program in cooperation with our faithful partner, Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Many precious young lives will be impacted in a very positive way by “Fill the Cart with Fun”. We are pleased to be able to kick things off with a $1,500 donation and encourage Columbus-area golf fans to come out, bring their donations and have some fun watching our husbands compete.”

 

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 24 through Sunday, September 27. Fans will enjoy a sports bar atmosphere with drink specials for 13 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 2015 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. The new Nationwide Social Booth, open Friday – Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. behind the 18th green, is a unique kind of photo/video booth combining high speed video cameras and “bullet” style freeze frame images to create a high impact unique social experience for golf fans at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship.  The booth produces a high quality video with slow motion clips and 90 degrees of rotation around the fan’s experience. Fans who share their video on Twitter or Facebook will receive a complimentary coupon to the Cold Stone Creamery booth, also located behind the 18th green. Coupons can be redeemed from 10:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Friday – Sunday for a free food item, including ice cream, caramel apples, hot chocolate, coffee and more, all compliments of Nationwide.

 

Other events of note at the 2015 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. All daily winners are invited to return on Sunday, September 27 at 2:30 p.m. for a putt-off to determine the overall champion of the putting challenge. The grand prize will be a Bose Bluetooth speaker and Bose ear buds. The grand prize winner will have a chance to make a 50 foot putt in order to win a two-year lease of a Lexus NX 200T from Germain Lexus of Dublin. The tournament will also offer a free pancake breakfast on Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 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 22 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 $4.5 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-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 2015 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 $55 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 eighth 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 9th of only 12 children’s hospitals on U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll,” 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 has a medical staff of 1,100 and nearly 10,000 employees providing 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 2013, 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 is in its 26th year of competition in 2015. Three out of four PGA TOUR members are Web.com Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won 419 PGA TOUR titles, including 21 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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