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Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship announces record-setting charitable donation

check presentation, Memorial Tournament Staff, NW Execs, Dr. Allen, Jim Digan

2015 check presentation to Nationwide Children’s Hospital – Champions of the Community Board members pictured left to right: Terrance Williams (Nationwide), Steve Allen, MD (Nationwide Children’s Hospital), Alex Fischer (Columbus Partnership)

 

 

 

 

 

Columbus, Ohio – Tournament officials announced today that the ninth annual Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, held September 21-27, 2015 at The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course, raised a total of $1,400,212 for charitable organizations, including $1,253,322 for pediatric cancer research and treatment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The total marks the largest single-season charitable donation raised by the tournament for the hospital in the nine-year history of the Web.com Tour Finals event. Since its inception in 2007 the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship has donated a total of over $5,728,322 in support of the hospital’s pediatric cancer program.

 

“This is the second straight year we’ve been able to eclipse the million-dollar mark on our single-season giving total to Nationwide Children’s Hospital through this tournament,” said Terrance Williams, Chairman of the Board of the tournament’s host organization, Champions of the Community. “Providing support for pediatric cancer research and treatment at Nationwide Children’s is a primary focus of the tournament. It’s our great pleasure to be in a position to help advance this critical mission. This record-setting donation is made possible by the generosity of our corporate sponsors, whose support is critical to our success. We also thank our loyal volunteers, central Ohio golf fans who continue to support the tournament each year and the members and staff at The Ohio State University Golf Club for their vital role as our host site. We look forward to future opportunities to build on our successes and continue to support Nationwide Children’s Hospital.”

 

“On behalf of the patients, families and staff, we are grateful to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship and Web.com Tour for their generosity,” Steve Allen, MD, Chief Executive Officer of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, said. “Another record-high donation in 2015 exemplifies the tournament and community’s support for our pediatric cancer program during the past nine years and this ongoing commitment plays a significant role in helping to raise vital awareness of our mission to help children everywhere.”

 

On September 23, 2015 a three-year extension of the agreement between the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship and the PGA TOUR was announced that insures the tournament will continue as a Web.com Tour Finals event through 2018. Additionally, a three-year agreement with The Ohio State University Golf Club was announced, confirming the Scarlet Course will continue to host the tournament. An option for an additional three years was included within both agreements.

 

The 2016 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will be held September 19 – 25 at The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course and once again be the third of four stops in the Web.com Tour Finals.

 

For questions concerning ticket prices and availability, how to become a volunteer, and general Tournament information, please call (614) 764-GOLF or visit www.ncc-golf.com.

 

 

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. Three out of four PGA TOUR members are Web.com Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won 424 PGA TOUR titles, including 20 majors and five PLAYERS Championships. The PGA TOUR, through the efforts of its tours and their tournaments, sponsors, players and volunteers, has generated $2.14 billion in charitable giving through 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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Heads of the class – Welcome the 50 new PGA TOUR members

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Accompanied by the always interesting season-ending drama to the Web.com Tour season on Sunday at the Web.com Tour Championship, the 50 PGA TOUR cards and priority positions for each player for the 2015-16 season have been determined.  The new PGA TOUR season begins in less than two weeks (Oct. 15-18) at the Frys.com Open in California.

Leading the class of 50 who are headed to the PGA TOUR are Patton Kizzire, who led the Web.com Tour in combined earnings for the entire 25-event season, and Chez Reavie, who was the leading money winner for the four-event Web.com Tour Finals. Both are fully exempt on TOUR and earned a spot in next May’s PLAYERS Championship. The 25th and last Finals’ money-list card went to Rob Oppenheim, by a mere $101.

The 50 who secured 2015-16 PGA TOUR playing privileges and the order in which they will be slotted in the Web.com Tour eligibility ranking (1-50) follow. The order will be used at the start of the upcoming PGA TOUR season to form fields:

(Click here to view this story on PGATOUR.com)

PRIORITY RANKING

Player Age/Residence (Origin)/College
1 Chez Reavie Chez Reavie

Age: 33
Residence: Scottsdale, Ariz. (Kansas)
College: Arizona State

2 Patton Kizzire Patton Kizzire

Age: 29
Residence: Sea Island, Ga. (Alabama)
College: Auburn

3 Dawie van der Walt Dawie van der Walt

Age: 32
Residence: Kingwood, Texas (South Africa)
College: Lamar

4 Emiliano Grillo Emiliano Grillo

Age: 23
Residence: Bradenton, Fla. (Argentina)

5 Martin Piller Martin Piller

Age: 29
Residence: Dallas, Texas
College: Texas A&M

6 Henrik Norlander Henrik Norlander

Age: 28
Residence: Augusta, Ga. (Sweden)
College: Augusta State

7 Jamie Lovemark Jamie Lovemark

Age: 27
Residence: Jupiter, Fla. (California)
College: Southern California

8 Andrew Loupe Andrew Loupe

Age: 26
Residence: Baton Rouge, La.
College: LSU

9 Peter Malnati Peter Malnati

Age: 28
Residence: Knoxville, Tenn. (Indiana)
College: Missouri

10 Roberto Castro Roberto Castro

Age: 30
Residence: Atlanta (Texas)
College: Georgia Tech

11 D.H. Lee D.H. Lee

Age: 28
Residence: Yongin City, South Korea

12 Sam Saunders Sam Saunders

Age: 28
Residence: Fort Collins, Colo. (Florida)
College: Clemson

13 Smylie Kaufman Smylie Kaufman

Age: 23
Residence: Birmingham, Ala.
College: LSU

14 Michael Thompson Michael Thompson

Age: 30
Residence: Birmingham, Ala. (Arizona)
College: Alabama

15 Bronson Burgoon Bronson Burgoon

Age: 28
Residence: The Woodlands, Texas
College: Texas A&M

16 Tom Hoge Tom Hoge

Age: 26
Residence: Fargo, N.D. (North Carolina)
College: TCU

17 Steve Marino Steve Marino

Age: 35
Residence: Tequesta, Fla. (Oklahoma)
College: Virginia

18 Brett Stegmaier Brett Stegmaier

Age: 32
Residence: Vero Beach, Fla. (Connecticut)
College: Florida

19 Dicky Pride Dicky Pride

Age: 46
Residence: Orlando, Fla. (Alabama)
College: Alabama

20 Rhein Gibson Rhein Gibson

Age: 29
Residence: Edmond, Okla. (Australia)
College: Oklahoma Christian U.

21 Kelly Kraft Kelly Kraft

Age: 26
Residence: Dallas, Texas
College: SMU

22 Kyle Stanley Kyle Stanley

Age: 27
Residence: Gig Harbor, Wash.
College: Clemson

23 Si Woo Kim Si Woo Kim

Age: 20
Residence: Fullerton, Calif. (South Korea)
College: Yonsei University

24 Hiroshi Iwata Hiroshi Iwata

Age: 34
Residence: Miyaki, Japan
College: Tohoku Fukushi U.

25 Wes Roach Wes Roach

Age: 26
Residence: Knoxville, Tenn.
College: Duke

26 Ricky Barnes Ricky Barnes

Age: 34
Residence: Phoenix, Ariz. (California)
College: Arizona

27 Shane Bertsch Shane Bertsch

Age: 45
Residence: Parker, Colo.
College: Texas A&M

28 Lucas Glover Lucas Glover

Age: 35
Residence: Tequesta, Fla. (South Carolina)
College: Clemson

29 Tyler Aldridge Tyler Aldridge

Age: 30
Residence: Nampa, Idaho
College: Boise State

30 Derek Fathauer Derek Fathauer

Age: 29
Residence: Jupiter, Fla.
College: Louisville

31 Abraham Ancer Abraham Ancer

Age: 24
Residence: Norman, Okla. (Mexico/U.S. citizen)
College: Oklahoma

32 Anirban Lahiri Anirban Lahiri

Age: 28
Residence: Bangalore, India

33 Harold Varner III Harold Varner III

Age: 25
Residence: Jacksonville Beach, Fla. (Ohio)
College: East Carolina

34 Tyrone Van Aswegen Tyrone Van Aswegen

Age: 33
Residence: San Diego, Calif. (South Africa)
College: Oklahoma City University

35 Michael Kim Michael Kim

Age: 22
Residence: Houston, Texas (South Korea)
College: California

36 Mark Hubbard Mark Hubbard

Age: 26
Residence: San Jose, Calif. (Colorado)
College: San Jose State

37 Miguel Angel Carballo Miguel Angel Carballo

Age: 36
Residence: Bahia Blanca, Argentina

38 Robert Garrigus Robert Garrigus

Age: 37
Residence: Phoenix, Ariz. (Idaho)
College: Scottsdale CC

39 Rod Pampling Rod Pampling

Age: 45
Residence: Double Oak, Texas (Australia)

40 Tim Wilkinson Tim Wilkinson

Age: 37
Residence: Jacksonville Beach, Fla. (New Zealand)
College: St. Peter’s

41 Darron Stiles Darron Stiles

Age: 42
Residence: Pinehurst, N.C. (Florida)
College: Florida Southern

42 Derek Ernst Derek Ernst

Age: 25
Residence: Las Vegas, Nev. (California)
College: UNLV

43 Sung Kang Sung Kang

Age: 28
Residence: Seoul, South Korea / Irving, Texas
College: Yonsei Unversity

44 Luke List Luke List

Age: 30
Residence: Jupiter, Fla. (Washington)
College: Vanderbilt

45 Andrew Landry Andrew Landry

Age: 28
Residence: Austin, Texas
College: Arkansas

46 Thomas Aiken Thomas Aiken

Age: 32
Residence: Johannesburg, South Africa

47 Lucas Lee Lucas Lee

Age: 28
Residence: Torrance, Calif. (Brazil)
College: UCLA

48 Brian Davis Brian Davis

Age: 41
Residence: Orlando, Fla. (England)

49 Patrick Rodgers Patrick Rodgers

Age: 23
Residence: Avon, Indiana
College: Stanford

50 Rob Oppenheim Rob Oppenheim

Age: 35
Residence: Orlando, Fla. (Massachussetts)
College: Rollins College

 

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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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.

Volunteer registration now open for 2015 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship

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Columbus, Ohio – Tournament officials announced today that volunteer registration for the ninth annual Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship is now open to the public from the tournament’s volunteer page, Click here.

 

The 2015 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will be held September 21 – 27 at The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course and once again be the third of four stops in the Web.com Tour Finals.

 

“We are extremely grateful for the nearly 700 individuals each year that donate their time to the tournament,” said tournament director Kip McBride. “Our volunteers play an essential role in every aspect of the tournament and are vital in our goal to raise charitable donations for pediatric cancer research and treatment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Thanks in large part to the efforts of our dedicated volunteers, a record $1,003,769 was raised last year alone for Nationwide Children’s, and more than $4.4 million has been raised since the tournament’s inception in 2007.”

 

Volunteers have a variety of different areas available to choose from during registration. These areas represent the many tasks required to conduct a Web.com Tour Finals Event. A description of each area is available at www.ncc-golf.com.

 

All volunteers receive a uniform that consists of a golf shirt, cap and volunteer badge. Volunteers also receive breakfast and lunch for each day they work as well as tournament tickets for family and friends. In addition, all volunteers are invited to attend a catered post-tournament party immediately following play on Sunday, September 27. To cover the cost of the uniform new volunteers are charged a fee of $45.00 and return volunteers a fee of $15.00. These contributions represent an additional way volunteers help maximize the charitable donations the tournament provides to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

 

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will feature a field of the top 75 players from the Regular Season Web.com Tour money list together with PGA TOUR members who are 126-200 on the FedExCup points list following the Wyndham Championship, and any non-members who earn enough FedExCup points to also finish 126-200. The field will compete over 72 holes of stroke play competition for a $1 million purse. At the conclusion of the season, PGA TOUR cards will be awarded to the 25 leading money winners from the Web.com Tour’s Regular Season, which concludes on August 30, as well as the 25 top earners during the Finals, with PGA TOUR priority ranking status for 2015-2016 being determined for all 50 at the conclusion of the Finals based on money earned in the four events. Golf Channel will broadcast Tournament coverage from Thursday’s opening round to the trophy presentation on Sunday.

 

For questions concerning ticket prices and availability, how to become a volunteer, and general tournament information, please call (614) 764-GOLF or visit www.ncc-golf.com. For up to date tournament and industry news be sure to follow the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship on Twitter @nchc_golf and like us on Facebook 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. Three out of four PGA TOUR members are Web.com Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won 401 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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Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship announces record-setting charitable donation

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2014 check presentation to Nationwide Children’s Hospital – Board members pictured left to right: Rich Foster (Nationwide), Tom Feeney (Safelite AutoGlass), Dennis Welch (AEP), Matt Jauchius (Nationwide), Steve Allen, MD ( Nationwide Children’s Hospital)

*Board members not pictured include: Alex Fischer (The Columbus Partnership), John McConnell (Worthington Industries), Kyle Rooney (Turner Construction) and Gene Smith (The Ohio State University)

 

Columbus, Ohio – Tournament officials announced today that the eighth annual Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, held September 8-14, 2014 at The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course, raised a total of $1,125,069 for charitable organizations, including $1,003,769 for pediatric cancer research and treatment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The total marks the largest single-season charitable donation raised by the tournament for the hospital in the eight-year history of the Web.com Tour Finals event. Since its inception in 2007 the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship has donated a total of over $4,475,000 in support of the hospital’s pediatric cancer program.

 

“We are thrilled to reach such a significant milestone, with the single-season giving total to Nationwide Children’s eclipsing the million dollar mark,” said Matt Jauchius, Chairman of the Board of the tournament’s host organization, Champions of the Community. “Providing support for pediatric cancer research and treatment at Nationwide Children’s is a primary focus of the tournament and it is our great pleasure to be in a position to help advance this critical mission. We thank our corporate sponsors, whose support is critical to our success. We also thank our loyal volunteers, golf fans in central Ohio who continue to support the tournament each year, and the members and staff at The Ohio State University Golf Club for their vital role as our host site. We look forward to more opportunities in the future to build on our successes and continue to support Nationwide Children’s Hospital.”

 

“We congratulate the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship on an outstanding Web.com Tour Finals event and are extremely thankful for this generous gift,” said Steve Allen, MD, chief executive officer of Nationwide Children’s Hospital. “The tournament’s support of our pediatric cancer program over the past eight years has changed lives and will continue to do so for years to come. The tournament’s new format as a Finals event provides an enhanced platform to positively impact the care and treatment of thousands of patients and their families every day, by not only continuing to generate funds, as is evident by the 60% increase in the tournament’s charitable donation to Nationwide Children’s since 2012, but also by increasing national exposure for our hospital.”

 

In addition, the 2014 Charity Ticket Program generated $170,845 in ticket sales. The program, now finishing its seventh year, provides qualifying non-profit entities with 100 percent of the revenue from all tickets sales generated by, or designated for, their organization.

 

The 2015 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will be held September 21 – 27 at The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course and once again be the third of four stops in the Web.com Tour Finals.

 

For questions concerning ticket prices and availability, how to become a volunteer, and general Tournament information, please call (614) 764-GOLF or visit www.ncc-golf.com.

50 PLAYERS SECURE 2014-15 PGA TOUR CARDS VIA WEB.COM TOUR

With the conclusion of the 2014 Web.com Tour season at last week’s Web.com Tour Championship, 50 PGA TOUR cards and priority positions for 2014-15 have been determined.  The new PGA TOUR season begins in less than three weeks (Oct. 9-12) at the Frys.com Open in California.

Leading the class of 50 who are headed to the PGA TOUR are Canada’s Adam Hadwin, who led in combined earnings for the entire 25-event season, and Florida native Derek Fathauer, who was the leading money winner for the four-event Web.com Tour Finals. Both are fully exempt on TOUR and earned a spot in next May’s PLAYERS Championship. Mexico’s Carlos Ortiz won three Web.com Tour tournaments in one season for the first time since 2009 and is also fully exempt on TOUR. Justin Thomas received an exemption to compete in the 2015 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance by way of his victory at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. Thomas finished fifth in the priority rankings.

The 50 who secured 2014-15 PGA TOUR playing privileges and where they finished in terms of ranking (1-50) in the Web.com Tour eligibility category that will be used at the start of the upcoming PGA TOUR season are:

Priority Pos. Name(2014 wins) Residence(native of, if not U.S.) College Age Tour Started 2014 On
1 Adam Hadwin * (2) Abbotsford, B.C., Canada
  1. of Louisville
26 Web.com Tour
1 Derek Fathauer (1) Jupiter, Fla.
  1. of Louisville
28 Web.com Tour
3 Carlos Ortiz *  (3) Dallas, Texas (Mexico)
  1. of North Texas
23 Web.com Tour
4 Bud Cauley (1) Jacksonville, Fla.
  1. of Alabama
24 PGA TOUR
5 Justin Thomas * (1) Goshen, Ky.
  1. of Alabama
21 Web.com Tour
6 Colt Knost Dallas, Texas SMU 29 Web.com Tour
7 John Peterson Fort Worth, Texas LSU 25 PGA TOUR
8 Andrew Putnam * (1) University Place, Wash. Pepperdine U. 25 Web.com Tour
9 Richard Sterne * Stellenbosch, South Africa 33 Non-Member
10 Jason Gore Valencia, Calif. Pepperdine U. 40 Web.com Tour
11 Zac Blair * St. George, Utah Brigham Young U. 24
12 Tony Finau * (1) Lehi, Utah 24 Web.com Tour
13 Sam Saunders * Fort Collins, Fla. Clemson U. 27 Web.com Tour
14 Zack Sucher * (1) Birmingham, Ala.
  1. of Alabama-Birmingham
27 Web.com Tour
15 Jim Herman Port St. Lucie, Fla.
  1. of Cincinnati
36 PGA TOUR
16 Blayne Barber * (1) Auburn, Ala. Auburn U. 24 Web.com Tour
17 David Lingmerth Jacksonville Beach, Fla. (Sweden)
  1. of Arkansas
27 PGA TOUR
18 Alex Cejka (1) Munich, Germany 43 Web.com Tour
19 Tom Hoge * Fargo, N.D. Texas Christian U. Web.com Tour
20 Steven Alker (1) Fountain Hills, Ariz. (New Zealand) 43 Web.com Tour
21 Greg Owen Windermere, Fla. (England) 42 Web.com Tour
22 Andres Gonzales (1) Olympia, Wash UNLV 31 Web.com Tour
23 Tom Gillis Jupiter, Fla. Oakland Comm. College 46 Web.com Tour
24 Jon Curran * (1) Tequesta, Fla. Vanderbilt U. 27 Web.com Tour
25 Whee Kim * Suwon, South Korea Yonsei U. 22 Web.com Tour
26 Cameron Percy (1) Raleigh, N.C. (Australia) 40 Web.com Tour
27 Scott Pinckney * Scottsdale, Ariz. Arizona State U. 25 Web.com Tour
28 Daniel Berger * Jupiter, Fla. Florida State U. 21 Web.com Tour
29 Tyrone Van Aswegen San Diego, Calif. (South Africa) Oklahoma City U. 32 PGA TOUR
30 Jonathan Randolph * Brandon, Miss.
  1. of Mississippi
26 Web.com Tour
31 Sean O’Hair West Chester, Pa. 32 PGA TOUR
32 Max Homa * (1) Valencia, Calif.
  1. of California-Berkeley
23 Web.com Tour
33 Heath Slocum Milton, Ga.
  1. of South Alabama
40 PGA TOUR
34 Mark Hubbard * San Jose, Calif. San Jose State 25 Web.com Tour
35 J.J. Henry Fort Worth, Texas Texas Christian U. 39 PGA TOUR
36 Steve Wheatcroft (1) Jacksonville, Fla. Indiana U. 36 Web.com Tour
37 Nick Taylor * Phoenix, Ariz. (Canada)
  1. of Washington
26 Web.com Tour
38 Kyle Reifers Charlotte, N.C. Wake Forest U. 30 Web.com Tour
39 Hudson Swafford Tallahassee, Fla.
  1. of Georgia
27 PGA TOUR
40 Ryan Armour Jupiter, Fla. Ohio State U. 38 Web.com Tour
41 Alex Prugh Las Vegas, Nev.
  1. of Washington
30 PGA TOUR
42 Byron Smith * (1) Palm Desert, Calif. Pepperdine U. 33 Web.com Tour
43 Oscar Fraustro * Scottsdale, Ariz. (Mexico) 32 Web.com Tour
44 Bill Lunde Las Vegas, Nev. UNLV 38 Web.com Tour
45 Sung Joon Park * South Korea 28 Web.com Tour
46 Roger Sloan * (1) Houston, Texas (Canada)
  1. of Texas-El Paso
27 Web.com Tour
47 Chad Collins Cloverdale, Ind. Methodist U. 36 PGA TOUR
48 Fabian Gomez Resistencia Chaco, Argentina 36 Web.com Tour
49 Carlos Sainz, Jr. * Elgin, Ill. Mississippi State U. 28 Web.com Tour
50 Eric Axley Knoxville, Tenn. East Tennessee State U. 40 PGA TOUR

 

* = First-time member on PGA TOUR in 2014-15

24 of the 50 card earners will be first-time members of the PGA TOUR in 2014-15.

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“We congratulate the Class of 2014 graduates and wish all 50 much success on the PGA TOUR in 2014-15,” said Web.com Tour president Bill Calfee. “It is an excellent group, 24 of whom will be first-time members of the PGA TOUR.  We know they will enhance the Web.com Tour tradition of having impact on the PGA TOUR and increase the 391 alumni wins that have already been collected on TOUR by the likes of 2013 graduates Chesson Hadley, Brendon Todd and Seung-Yul Noh.”

The 50 cards were earned by players who competed on the Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR or a combination of both tours this past year. The Web.com Tour season consisted of 21 Regular Season events, which ended last month and identified the first 25 cards based on earnings.  The second set of 25 cards was available in the four-event Web.com Tour Finals that concluded last week.  The Finals featured the top-75 Regular Season money winners off the Web.com Tour and Nos. 126-200 from the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup points list (including non-members and medicals, and excluding those who already had PGA TOUR exemptions).

For Priority Ranking purposes, the players are merged, with those who earned 2014-15 PGA TOUR cards via the Regular Season being seeded with odd numbers based on their cumulative Regular Season / Finals earnings (3, 5, 7…45, 47, 49) and the second set of 25 being seeded with even numbers (4, 6, 8…46, 48, 50) based on their earnings in the four Finals events only. The respective leading money winners received No. 1 seeds.

This is only the second year in which all 50 PGA TOUR cards came through the Web.com Tour. Prior to 2013, 25 cards were available through the Web.com Tour and another 25 through the PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament. The PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament was replaced by the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament, which feeds all of its Final Stage participants to the Web.com Tour.

The season culminated with Derek Fathauer capturing the Web.com Tour Championship by one shot over Utah’s Zac Blair and two over Jason Gore.  The Championship was held at Dye’s Valley course at TPC Sawgrass, which is home base for the PGA TOUR.

JUSTIN THOMAS WINS IN PLAYOFF

FINAL Leaderboard

Pos. Name Scores
1 Justin Thomas 67-69-72-70—278 (-6)**
2 Richard Sterne 72-68-67-70—278 (-6)
3 Sean O’Hair 68-71-73-67—279 (-5)
Whee Kim 71-72-67-69—279 (-5)
5 J.J. Henry 74-70-69-67—280 (-4)
** won with birdie on 1st playoff hole


Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship - Final RoundColumbus, OH – Justin Thomas sank a three-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to defeat Richard Sterne and claim the 2014 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship at the Ohio State University Golf Course Scarlet Course. The pair each finished with 72-hole totals of 6-under-par 278.

Thomas, who grew up in the Louisville, Ky., area and attended the University of Alabama, sealed his victory after hitting a wedge from 75 yards to three feet and then draining his putt for his first professional victory in just his 20th start on the Web.com Tour. He earned $180,000 with the win.

Sean O’Hair matched the day’s best round with a 4-under 67, which moved him into a tie for third place with Korea’s Whee Kim. The two finished at 5-under and one shot out of the playoff. Veteran J.J. Henry also carded a 67 on Sunday, good for solo fifth place.

Things looked bleak late on the back nine for Thomas, who trailed Sterne by three strokes with three holes remaining.

However, Sterne, playing in the final and behind Thomas, was unable to build on his lead after making an eagle at No. 12 to go up by three strokes. Minutes later, things started to go awry for the 32-year old South African when he three-putted No. 15 for bogey and then made consecutive bogeys on Nos. 16 and 17 to fall back into a tie with Thomas. He was then unable to birdie No. 18.

“I don’t really feel much right now. Everything is pretty numb. It’s crazy,” said Thomas. “I feel like of all the chances I had, it’s crazy how this one kind of worked out, but sometimes that’s how it happens. I believe everything happens for a reason and it just happened to be my week. So I’m pumped.”

For Thomas, the win was extra special since he had both his parents and grandparents following him on Sunday. The former reside in Columbus.

“I just tried to stay patient today and you have to do that here. I don’t want to say it’s a relief to win, but it’s hard to win with the level of play out here,” Thomas continued.

Was it the biggest win of his career?

“Yes, I would. Any time you win, it’s tremendous. It’s a tremendous honor. It means you’re the best that week and you beat everybody you played against. It’s a really cool feeling and it’s tough because it doesn’t happen very often, especially in professional golf.”

It was a particularly frustrating finish for Sterne who appeared in the driver’s seat for his first U.S. victory. But perhaps playing the last 10 consecutive weeks may have caught up with him.

“I struggled all day to roll the 30, 40 footers up close and I came up short couple times. I thought this time just give it a little bit more and it rolled on five, six feet past (on No. 15),” said Sterne. That was the first short putt I missed all day. I had putted well up until then, and I hit a bad tee shot on 16 and it really left me with no shot. So, I had to take my medicine there and try and up-and-down it. Then I hit a bad tee shot on 17 and unfortunately, it’s a bad shot at the wrong time and that’s — when you’re playing at this level, it can bite you.”

Sterne will forego competing in next week’s Web.com Tour Championship at Dye’s Valley Course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, instead opting to return home to South Africa on Monday.

It will be a different story for Thomas. He’ll head to Jacksonville where he’ll try to improve on his current status on the priority list. He is currently fourth.

 

FOURTH-ROUND NOTES:

* Sunday weather: Partly cloudy. Wind light and variable. High of 69.

* Today’s scoring average of 73.077 (par-71) is the third-highest in relation to par on Tour this year. Three of the four rounds this week rank among the top-6 in 2014:
OSU (Scarlet Course)             73.754             +2.754             R3       Nationwide Children’s Hospital Champ.
Panama Golf Club                          72.090              +2.090               R1        Panama Claro Championship
OSU (Scarlet Course)             73.077             +2.077             R4       Nationwide Children’s Hospital Champ.
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.

* This week’s scoring average of 72.590 is the highest (in relation to par) on Tour this year:
Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship        71        72.590             +1.590
Panama Claro Championship                                                      70        71.106             +1.106
United Leasing Championship                                                    72        73.073             +1.073

* Today’s playoff was the third in tournament history and the second in three years:
2009: Derek Lamely def. Rickie Fowler with a par-3 on the second extra hole (#13)
2012: Ben Kohles def. Luke Guthrie with a birdie-3 on the first extra hole (#18)
2014: Justin Thomas def. Richard Sterne with a birdie-3 on the first extra hole (#18)

* Today’s playoff was the fifth of the 2014 Web.com Tour season:
Chitimacha Louisiana Open – Kris Blanks def. Brett Stegmaier with a birdie-3 on the 3rd extra hole (#18)
Cleveland Open – Steven Alker def. Dawie van der Walt with a birdie-3 on the 11th extra hole (#18)
Nova Scotia Open – Roger Sloan def. Derek Fathauer with a par-4 on the 1st extra hole (#18)
Albertsons Boise Open – Steve Wheatcroft def. Steven Alker with a birdie-3 on the 1st extra hole (#18)
Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship – Justin Thomas def. Richard Sterne with a birdie-3 on the 1st extra hole (#18)

JUSTIN THOMAS

* Justin Thomas earns his first win in his 20th career start and his 19th start this year.

* Thomas picks up a check for $180,000 and moves to No. 3 on the Web.com Tour season money list with $470,470. He trails money leader Carlos Ortiz by $44,933 heading into next week’s Tour Championship.

* Thomas was already assured of a spot on the 2014-15 PGA TOUR but his victory today also comes with a sponsor exemption into The Memorial Tournament June 4-7, 2015 at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

* Thomas moves to No. 4 in the Finals Priority Ranking with only one event left.

* Thomas collects his first win at the age of 21 years, 4 months and 16 days. He is the youngest winner on Tour this year and the fourth-youngest in Web.com Tour history:

Youngest winners:
Jason Day 19 years, 7 months, 26 days, 2007 Legend Financial Group Classic
Patrick Cantlay 20 years, 11 months, 15 days, 2013 Colombia Championship
Danny Lee 21 years, 2 months, 8 days, 2011 WNB Golf Classic
Justin Thomas 21 years, 4 months, 16 days, 2014 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship
James Oh 21 years, 5 months, 27 days, 2003 Mark Christopher Charity Classic
Steven Bowditch 21 years, 8 months, 12 days, 2005 Jacob’s Creek Open Championship
David Duval 21 years, 9 months, 1993 Wichita Open
David Duval 21 years, 11 months, 1993 Tour Championship

 

* Thomas becomes the 15th first-time winner on Tour in 24 events this year.

* Thomas becomes the sixth rookie to win on Tour this year – Jon Curran, Carlos Ortiz (3), Max Homa, Sebastian Cappelen, Tony Finau.

* Thomas adds a win to an already impressive list of top-10 finishes this year. The victory gives him finishes this year from first to sixth place:
1st – Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship
2nd – El Bosque Mexico Championship
3rd – Albertsons Boise Open
T4 – United Leasing Championship
T5 – Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship
T6 – Price Cutter Charity Championship

* Thomas has made the cut in 17 of 19 starts this year.

* Thomas’ final-round 70 marked the 14th time in 15 tries that he has broken par in the fourth round this year. The only time Thomas did not post a sub-par score in the fourth round was at the TPC Stonebrae Championship, where he carded a 1-over 71.

* Thomas has played 71 rounds this year and only six have been above par. His highest score of the year, a 4-over 76, came in the third round of the Hotel Fitness Championship two weeks ago.

* Thomas has posted consecutive above-par scores only one time this year. He shot back-to-back 1-over 71’s in the third and fourth rounds of the Stonebrae Classic.

 

RICHARD STERNE

* Richard Sterne collected a runner-up check for $108,000 and guarantees himself a spot on the 2014-15 PGA TOUR, which begins next month. Sterne has been a regular member of the European Tour since 2003. He has eight international wins including three on the European Tour.

* Sterne missed the cut at the Hotel Fitness Championship and was T41 at last week’s Chiquita Classic.

* Sterne came into the week as the highest-ranked player in the field according to the Official World Golf Rankings (#82). He was one of five players ranked in the top-150.

* Sterne was born in Pretoria, South Africa and still lives in Stellenbosch, Cape Town.

* Sterne has made 25 cuts in 35 PGA TOUR events since 2006. He was 6-of-7 this year with a T17 at the WGC-Accenture Match Play and a T4 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

* Sterne is headed back to South Africa and will not compete in next week’s Web.com Tour Championship. He plans to take a couple of weeks off before starting preparations for the Dunhill Cup.

SEAN O’HAIR

* Sean O’Hair missed the cut in his two previous starts of the Web.com Tour Finals – Hotel Fitness Championship and last week’s Chiquita Classic. His T3 finish this week was worth $58,000 and will earn him a return trip to the PGA TOUR for 2014-15. He is currently No. 23 on the Finals Priority Ranking.

* O’Hair played in the Web.com Tour Finals last year after finishing the regular season No. 170 on the FedExCup rankings. He regained his PGA TOUR card for the 2013-14 season after finishing No. 16 in the Finals Priority Ranking, thanks to a T11 at the Hotel Fitness Championship, a T17 at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship and a T8 at the Tour Championship.

* O’Hair made the cut in 14 of 25 starts on the 2013-14 PGA TOUR but had only one top-10 finish – a T10 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Down the stretch, O’Hair made only seven cuts in his last 14 starts and his best finish over that period was a T43 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. He ended the regular season No. 160 in the FedEx Cup standings.

* O’Hair has been a full-time member of the PGA TOUR since 2005 and has made 255 career starts. He is a four-time winner on TOUR – 2005 John Deere Classic, 2008 PODS Championship, 2009 Quail Hollow Championship, 2011 RBC Canadian Open.

WHEE KIM

* Whee Kim rolled in a long birdie putt on the final hole Sunday for a 2-under 69 and a tie for third place. The 22-year old from Korea collected a check for $58,000 and assured himself a spot on the 2014-15 PGA TOUR. Kim moved up to No. 19 on the Finals Priority Ranking. Kim has never made a start on the PGA TOUR.

Additional player notes:

* Tony Finau celebrated his 25th birthday Sunday with an even-par 71. Finau, winner of the Stonebrae Classic, tied for sixth place this week. He is now No. 12 on the Priority Ranking.

* J.J. Henry fired a bogey-free, 4-under 67 today to finish at 4-under 280. His solo fifth-place finish was worth $40,000 and put him in prime position to regain his PGA TOUR card for the 2014-15 season. Henry made 18 cuts in 28 starts on TOUR this year but his best finish was a T13 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. He ended the regular season No. 128 on the FedExCup standings.

* Henry has been a full-time member of the TOUR since 2001 and has 413 career starts. He is a two-time winner – 2006 Buick Championship, 2012 Reno-Tahoe Open – and played on the United States’ 2006 Ryder Cup team.

* Henry’s 5th-place finish today is his first top-10 since a T7 at the 2013 John Deere Classic.

* Patrick Rodgers fired a 2-under 69 to finish T8 this week. His check for $30,000 puts him No. 50 on the Finals Priority Ranking heading into next week’s finale at the Tour Championship.

* Rodgers, a former Stanford All-America, has been troubled by a bad back of late which forced him to withdraw prior to the start of the Hotel Fitness Championship. He missed the cut at last week’s Chiquita Classic but rounds of 70-70-73-69—280 have him encouraged.

“My back is getting better every week. Last week I tried to give it a go and maybe I shouldn’t have,” he said. “There’s still some pain when I’m swinging my driver but it’s not anything I can’t play through.”

Rodgers’ first Tour-sanctioned start came in this event in 2012 when top college players received sponsor exemptions. He posted scores of 76-73 and missed the cut. His Cardinal team also played on this course in the 2013 NCAA Regional.

“That (Regional) was one of my more disappointing moments in college because our team missed it,” said Rodgers. “That gave me even more motivation this week. Hopefully I can keep building on this week.”

* Rodgers turned pro earlier this year after a stellar career at Stanford University, where he tied Tiger Woods’ school record of 11 victories. Rodgers left Stanford after three seasons. He played in seven PGA TOUR events and earned enough to qualify for the Web.com Tour Finals. Rodgers hails from the Indianapolis area (Avon, IN).

* Adam Hadwin birdied his final two holes Sunday for an even-par 70 and a T10 finish. With that, Hadwin moved to the No. 1 spot on the Finals Priority Ranking. Hadwin, winner of last week’s Chiquita Classic, is atop the standings with $206,000. He is first on the list by virtue of making two cuts in three Finals starts. Hotel Fitness Championship winner Bud Cauley missed the cut at last week’s Chiquita Classic and did not play this week so he has $180,000.

* Sam Saunders continued his solid play in the Finals with a T12 finish this week. Saunders tied for fourth at the Hotel Fitness Championship and was T11 at last week’s Chiquita Classic. He is now No. 13 on the Finals Priority Ranking.

* Best rounds of the day:
67 – J.J. Henry, Sean O’Hair
68 – Tom Gillis, Sam Saunders
69 – Jason Gore, Whee Kim, Patrick Rodgers

* 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
R3         36.969              36.785                 73.754
R4         37.062              36.015                  73.077
Total    36.638              35,952                  72.590

Sterne, Fathauer and Thomas share third round lead

Third-round Leaderboard

Pos. Name Scores
1 Richard Sterne 72-69-67—208 (-5)
Derek Fathauer 63-69-76—208 (-5)
Justin Thomas 67-69-72—208 (-5)
4 Tom Hoge 68-74-67—209 (-4)
Blayne Barber 65-74-70—209 (-4)
Vaughn Taylor 66-69-74—209 (-4)

 

ImageWith most of the field in full retreat, South African native Richard Sterne figured a solid score in Saturday’s third round of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship would move him up the leaderboard.

Sterne was right. He started the day nine shots off the pace but a solid, 4-under 67 eventually moved the 32-year old into a tie for the 54-hole lead. Sterne finished early in the day with a 5-under 208 total, a full 75 minutes in front of the final pairing.

With the rough growing and a cool wind blowing, the already difficult Ohio State University Scarlet course got even tougher. The majority of the leaders struggled to make par, let alone birdie. Saturday’s scoring average of 73.754 (+2.754) made it the single-toughest round on the Web.com Tour this year.

First- and second-round leader Derek Fathauer battled his way to a 5-over 76, which was still good enough to give him a share of the lead along with playing partner Justin Thomas (72).

Texan Tom Hoge (67), Blayne Barber (70) and Vaughn Taylor (74) share fourth place, just one shot back. Whee Kim (67) and Stonebrae Classic champion Tony Finau (72) are only two strokes behind the trio of leaders.

“It’s firming up. The greens are getting firm, so you can’t get close,” said Sterne, who ran off four birdies in a five-hole stretch on the front nine to get into contention. “You are struggling to make pars out there if you don’t do the right things.”

His driver, 6-iron combination at the par-5, 12th hole was as good as it gets. Sterne needed only to knock in a 3-foot putt for eagle, which gave him sole possession of the lead at 6-under, until a bogey three holes later.

Sterne, who had surgery to repair a torn labrum in March, managed to save par on his final two holes and post his 67, matching low round of the day.

Of the 11 groups that started their rounds on No. 1 – play was in threesomes off the 1st and 10th tees – Sterne and Barber (70) were the only two players to break par (71).

“Anytime you get 15-20 mile an hour winds, and especially with these conditions, it’s tough,” said Thomas, who missed an 8-foot birdie putt on the final hole that would have given him the outright lead. “You really have to control your flight. Here, because you have to play the bounces so much and the contours in the greens, you have to be in the right places. It was just really difficult to be committed to every shot.”

Fathauer managed to hit only six fairways and eight greens in the wind, but still has a piece of the lead.

“The greens were really fast and kind of crusty around the holes. They were tough to make putts,” he said. “It’s as tough as you can get right now. It’s almost impossible to get your ball close. You’ve got to make some putts to shoot anything near even-par out there.”

THIRD-ROUND NOTES:

* Fourth-round play will be in twosomes off the 1st tee. Times will run from 7:21 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. with an expected finish time of 4:30 p.m.

* Just over a year ago Richard Sterne was playing on the International team at the 2013 Presidents Cup which was played nearby at Muirfield Village. However, 2014 has been frustrating for the player currently ranked 82nd in the World Golf Rankings. Shortly after finishing T4 at the World Golf Championship-Cadillac Championship last March, Sterne decided to have surgery on his left sternum which had been troubling him for the previous seven months. After missing four months following March surgery in Vail, he returned to action at The Open Championship (MC) and subsequently made three more starts on the PGA TOUR, making the cut in each one, including a T35 finish at the PGA Championship.

* Richard Sterne was one of three players who posted the day’s low round of 4-under-par 67. The South African native posted a 4-under-par 67 which allowed him to move from a T20 to a tie for first place heading into the final round. Sterne was T59 after Thursday’s opening round.

* Richard Sterne (82nd) is just one of five players in the field who are ranked in the top 150 in the World Golf Rankings. In addition, Branden Grace is 113th, Roberto Castro is 122nd, Carlos Ortiz is 126th and David Lingmerth is 143rd.

* Richard Sterne owns eight international victories, including three on the European Tour.

* In addition to Richard Sterne’s 67, Whee Kim and Tom Hoge also matched his 4-under-par effort.

* The field averaged 73.754 on Saturday and increase from Friday’s average of 72.975. Only four players posted rounds in the 60s – Tom Hoge, Richard Sterne, Whee Kim and J.J. Henry and only 11 players bettered par on the cool, windy day in Columbus. Just two players shot an even-par 71.

* Of the 33 players who teed off on No. 1 in Round Three, only two players bettered par – Richard Sterne (67) and Blayne Barber (70).

* Of the three players currently tied for first place, only Richard Sterne has won on the PGA Tour or an international event. Justin Thomas’ best showing since turning professional was a second place at this year’s El Bosque Mexico Championship and Derek Fathauer’s best finish was a playoff loss at this year’s Nova Scotia Open.

* Birdies were a rarity on hole No. 5 on Saturday. The only player to make a birdie was Doug LaBelle II. It was almost similar on Nos. 11 and 14. There were just two birdies on each during the round.

* None of the 66 players in today’s starting field posted a bogey-free round.

* Vaughn Taylor, who is just one stroke back, leads all players in greens in regulation after 54 holes. Taylor has hit 43 of 54 for 79.6%. He has hit 16 of 18 the last two days.

* Tony Finau was credited with a 409-yard drive on No. 12 on Saturday. That is the longest measured drive on the Web.com Tour this year. Franklin Corpening was credited with a 402-yarder at the Midwest Classic (#13, Rd. 2) and Korbin Kuehn had a 400-yarder on the same hole the same day. Finau’s drive was also the longest on Tour since Cody Slover had a 444-yarder at the 2011 Midwest Classic.

* Derek Fathauer leads all players with 14 birdies, while Andrew Loupe, Richard Sterne and Justin Thomas all have 13.

* Byron Smith was forced to withdraw after eight holes on Saturday due to a back injury.

* Adam Hadwin (T43), winner of last week’s Chiquita Classic, posted scores of 71-72-70—213 (E) and heads into the final round T14 and five shots off the pace.

* Best rounds of the day:
67 – Richard Sterne, Tom Hoge, Whee Kim
69 – J.J. Henry

* 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
R3       36.969              36.785               73.754