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Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship announces player commitments for 2015 field

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Columbus, Ohio – At 5:40 p.m. EDT Tournament Officials announced the 131 player blended field of PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour players who are eligible and have committed to compete in the 2015 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 will play in the third of four Web.com Tour Finals events being hosted September 24-27 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 49 TOUR victories and 101 Web.com Tour titles. That list features: Stuart Appleby, Aaron Baddeley, Ricky Barnes, Jonathan Byrd, 2009 U.S. Open Champion Lucas Glover, Rod Pampling and Tim Petrovic.

 

 

The field includes the following players:

 

Adams, Blake (Med)

Aiken, Thomas (N-M)

Aldridge, Tyler

Alker, Steve

Allan, Steve

Allenby, Robert

Allred, Jason

Ancer, Abraham

Appleby, Stuart (Med)

Aragon, Alex

Armour, Ryan

Arnaud, Michael

Axley, Eric

Baddeley, Aaron

Baek, Todd

Barlow, Craig

Barnes, Ricky

Bertoni, Travis

Bertsch, Shane

Blaum, Ryan

Burgoon, Bronson

Byrd, Jonathan

Carballo, Miguel Angel

Castro, Roberto

Chalmers, Greg

Cochran, Rick III

Cook, Austin (N-M)

Dahmen, Joel

Davidson, Matt

Davis, Brian

Duncan, Tyler

Eason, Greg

Elder, Brad

Ernst, Derek

Etulain, Julian

Fast, Matt

Fathauer, Derek

Fernandez-Castano, Gonzalo

Fernandez-Valdes, Jorge

Fischer, Zack

Flores, Martin

Fraustro, Oscar

Fritsch, Brad

Gainey, Tommy

Garnett, Brice

Garrigus, Robert

Gibson, Rhein

Gillis, Tom

Glover, Lucas

Goggin, Mathew

Goss, Oliver

Gribble, Cody

Grillo, Emiliano (N-M)

Guthrie, Luke

Harrington, Scott

Herron, Tim

Hicks, Justin (Med)

Hoge, Tom

Homa, Max

Hubbard, Mark

Hurley, Billy III

Iwata, Hiroshi (N-M)

Kang, Sung

Kaufman, Smylie

Kim, Michael

Kim, Si Woo

Kizzire, Patton

Kraft, Kelly

Lahiri, Anirban (N-M)

Landry, Andrew

Langley, Scott

Lee, Dong-hwan

Lee, Lucas

Lee, Richard H. (Med)

Li, Hao Tong

Lindheim, Nicholas

List, Luke

Long, Adam

Loupe, Andrew

Lovemark, Jamie

Lunde, Bill

Madigan, Timothy

Mallinger, John

Malnati, Peter

Marino, Steve

Merrick, John

Mullinax, Trey

Norlander, Henrik

Oppenheim, Rob

Pampling, Rod

Park, Jin

Percy, Cameron

Petrovic, Tim

Piller, Martin

Points, D.A.

Power, Seamus

Prugh, Alex

Putnam, Andrew

Putnam, Michael

Randolph, Jonathan

Reavie, Chez

Ridings, Tag

Roach, Wes

Rollins, John

Saunders, Sam

Siem, Marcel (N-M)

Sloan, Roger

Smith, Chris

Spears, Ryan

Stanley, Kyle

Stegmaier, Brett

Stiles, Darron

Stuard, Brian

Svoboda, Andrew

Taylor, Vaughn

Thatcher, Roland

Thompson, Curtis

Thompson, Kyle

Thompson, Michael

Thompson, Nicholas

Tomasulo, Peter

Tway, Kevin

Van Aswegen, Tyrone

van der Walt, Dawie

Varner, Harold III

Vegas, Jhonattan

Watkins, Aaron

Wilkinson, Tim

Winings, Andy

Wright, Chase

Yun, Andrew


Notes:

  • Web.com Tour players Nos. 1-75 are in bold. PGA TOUR players Nos. 126-200 are unbolded. Those in italics are either non-members who earned enough equivalent FedExCup points to finish 126-200 (N-M) or PGA TOUR players with medical exemptions (Med) as noted.
  • Field size is 131 players as of 5:15 p.m. ET, Friday, Sept. 18th.

 

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will play a pivotal role in determining who will earn PGA TOUR membership for 2015-2016 season. At the end of the four Finals events, a second set of PGA TOUR cards will be awarded to those players who earn the most cumulative money in the four Finals events.

 

The top-25 from the Web.com Tour Regular Season have already secured their TOUR cards and will carry their earnings into the Finals. The order of priority for all 50 cards will be determined at the conclusion of the Finals.

 

The exempt player from the Web.com Tour Regular Season top 25 will be identified at the conclusion of the four Finals events, using combined Regular Season and Finals money. Therefore, any top-25 player can earn the coveted No. 1 position if he performs well enough in the four Finals events. A second full exemption will be awarded to the highest cumulative earner among the four Finals events, if different from the No. 1 player among the Top 25.

 

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.

 

Since 2013, all 50 PGA TOUR cards have come 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-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 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. Practice rounds, Monday – Wednesday, including Wednesday’s Official Pro-am, are open to the public free of charge. Kids 16 years of age and under receive free admission all week with a ticketed adult. The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship’s Charity Ticket Program, now entering its eighth year, allows for 100 percent of the revenue from 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.

 

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 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 completed its 25th year of competition in 2014. Three out of four PGA TOUR members are Web.com Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won 418 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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Preliminary field announced for ninth annual Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship

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Top-level sponsorship packages sell out – record-setting charitable donation projected

Columbus, Ohio – Tournament Officials released today the preliminary field of PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour players currently slotted to compete in the 2015 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship at The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course, this September 24 – 27 as the third of four Finals events on the Web.com Tour.

 

The 2014-2015 PGA TOUR Regular Season came to a close on Sunday, August 23rd at the Wyndham Championship, completing one half of the Web.com Tour Finals equation. Players from the PGA TOUR finishing Nos. 126 – 200 on the regular season FedExCup points list (less those with exemptions) are eligible to compete in the 2015 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. That list includes PGA TOUR veterans such as Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, Aaron Baddeley, Ricky Barnes, Jonathan Byrd, and Tim Petrovic. Approximately 55 players from the PGA TOUR are expected to compete. They will be joined by the top 75 Web.com Tour money winners, which was finalized on Sunday night (8/30/15) at the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft Heinz.

 

One name not on that list is Justin Thomas. The winner of the 2014 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will not return to defend his title. The Kentucky native, 22, who beat Richard Sterne in an exciting playoff last year at OSU Scarlet for his first-career professional title, has enjoyed a very successful rookie campaign on the PGA TOUR. Thomas posted seven top-10 finishes during the 2014-2015 PGA TOUR regular season and entered the FedExCup Playoffs last week ranked No. 36, best among the current rookie class. He finished T16 at The Barclays in his FedExCup Playoffs debut and moved up six spots in the rankings to No. 30.

 

“We are excited to see how the tournament unfolds and what storylines develop as the blended field of players competes for a 2015-2016 PGA TOUR card,” said tournament director Kip McBride. “Since the inaugural tee shot of Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship in 2007, we’ve seen some of the biggest stars in golf battle for the tournament trophy. In fact, from the current FedExCup points list, 12 of the top-25 players have competed in our event. Names like Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Patrick Reed. The 2015 tournament will once again bring top-notch competition to the Scarlet Course, which continues to be one of the best tests of golf on the Web.com Tour and a fan-friendly venue for central Ohio golf fans.”

The field of competitors for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship listed below is for informational purposes only and is subject to change.


PGA TOUR FedExCup List 126 – 200

127 Scott Langley
128 Brian Stuard
131 Nicholas Thompson
132 Tom Hoge
133 Alex Prugh
135 S.J. Park
136 Billy Hurley III
137 Sam Saunders
138 Michael Putnam
140 Brice Garnett
141 Whee Kim
142 Tom Gillis
143 Brian Davis
146 Michael Thompson
147 Lucas Glover
148 Luke Guthrie
150 Cameron Percy
153 Jhonattan Vegas
155 Ricky Barnes
156 Martin Flores
157 Aaron Baddeley
158 Jonathan Byrd
162 John Merrick
163 Max Homa
164 Mark Hubbard
165 Gonzalo Fdez-Castano
166 Chez Reavie
168 Andrew Svoboda
169 Derek Fathauer
170 Derek Ernst
171 D.A. Points
172 Greg Chalmers
174 Robert Garrigus
177 Steven Alker
179 Jonathan Randolph
181 Kyle Stanley
182 Andrew Putnam
184 Tim Wilkinson
186 Oscar Fraustro
187 Robert Allenby
188 Roberto Castro
189 Eric Axley
191 Tyrone Van Aswegen
193 Chris Smith
194 Tim Petrovic
195 Ryan Armour
196 John Rollins
197 Bill Lunde
198 Andrew Loupe
200 Roger Sloan

 

 

Web.com Tour Money List Top 75

1 Patton Kizzire
2 Martin Piller
3 Dawie van der Walt
4 Peter Malnati
5 Dicky Pride
6 Smylie Kaufman
7 Kelly Kraft
8 Wes Roach
9 Shane Bertsch
10 Si Woo Kim
11 Abraham Ancer
12 Jamie Lovemark
13 Michael Kim
14 Tyler Aldridge
15 D.H. Lee
16 Miguel Angel Carballo
17 Rod Pampling
18 Bronson Burgoon
19 Steve Marino
20 Darron Stiles
21 Andrew Landry
22 Sung Kang
23 Lucas Lee
25 Harold Varner III
26 Rob Oppenheim
27 Cody Gribble
28 Kevin Tway
29 Jorge Fernandez-Valdes
30 Kyle Thompson
31 Steve Allan
33 Rhein Gibson
34 Mathew Goggin
35 Tommy Gainey
36 Rick Cochran III
37 Brad Fritsch
38 Ryan Spears
39 Julian Etulain
40 Travis Bertoni
41 Jason Allred
42 Tag Ridings
43 Ryan Blaum
44 Chase Wright
45 Curtis Thompson
46 Adam Long
47 Henrik Norlander
48 Zack Fischer
49 Hao Tong Li
50 Andrew Yun
51 Nicholas Lindheim
52 Tyler Duncan
53 Matt Fast
54 Andy Winings
55 Timothy Madigan
56 Aaron Watkins
57 Erik Barnes
58 Matt Davidson
59 Craig Barlow
60 Trey Mullinax
61 Todd Baek
62 Joel Dahmen
63 Greg Eason
64 Luke List
65 Jin Park
66 Roland Thatcher
67 Seamus Power
68 Alex Aragon
70 Scott Harrington
71 John Mallinger
72 Brad Elder
73 Peter Tomasulo
74 Oliver Goss
75 Michael Arnaud

 

 

NOTE:

  • PGA TOUR non-members include: Austin Cook, Hiroshi Iwata
  • Special Medical Exemptions include: Blake Adams, Stuart Appleby, Bud Cauley, Justin Hicks and Richard H. Lee

 

 

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will play a pivotal role in determining who will earn PGA TOUR membership for 2015-2016 season. At the end of the four Finals events, a second set of PGA TOUR cards will be awarded to those players who earn the most cumulative money in the four Finals events.

 

 

The top-25 from the Web.com Tour Regular Season will carry their earnings into the Finals. Their order of priority will be determined at the conclusion of the Finals.

 

The exempt player from the Web.com Tour Regular Season Top 25 will be identified at the conclusion of the four Finals events, using combined Regular Season and Finals money. Therefore, any Top-25 player can earn the coveted No. 1 position if he performs well enough in the four Finals events. A second full exemption will be awarded to the highest cumulative earner among the four Finals events, if different from the No. 1 player among the Top 25.

 

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.

 

As of 2013, all 50 PGA TOUR cards come 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.

 

In additional tournament news, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship is projecting record charity donations in 2015 as top-level sponsorship packages have sold out for the second straight year.

 

The tournament proudly announced record-high donations to Nationwide Children’s Hospital the past two years of $874,169 and $1,003,769 respectively. Year three as a Finals event has again produced an impressive outpouring of support from the private sector. As a result the tournament’s top-level sponsorship packages are now fully subscribed and the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship is poised yet again to raise the charity bar and significantly increase the donations reached in 2013 and 2014.

 

“Thanks in large part to the central Ohio business community and other business partners from across the country, the vision we had for what this tournament could become as a Finals event is taking shape,” said Rich Foster, President of the tournament’s host organization, Champions of the Community. The commitments of Nationwide, American Electric Power and Worthington Industries are chief among the reasons we are in position to stage an event that makes a genuine impact for Nationwide Children’s Hospital by raising more charity dollars and generating more national exposure.”

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 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. Practice rounds, Monday – Wednesday, including Wednesday’s Official Pro-am, are open to the public free of charge. Kids 16 years of age and under receive free admission all week with a ticketed adult. The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship’s Charity Ticket Program, now entering its eighth year, allows for 100 percent of the revenue from 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.