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Peter Uihlein secures PGA TOUR card with Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship win

Final Leaderboard

Pos. Name Score
1 Peter Uihlein 69-69-67-65—270 (-14)
2 Ryan Armour 68-68-65-70—271 (-13)
3 Andrew Landry 68-67-70-68—273 (-11)
Tom Lovelady 72-67-64-70—273 (-11)
5 Abraham Ancer 66-70-71-67—274 (-10)

Columbus, Ohio – Could it be possible that Peter Uihlein’s love for baseball led to his victory at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship on Sunday afternoon? Earlier this year, Uihlein played in the Shell Houston Open and finished his final round early enough to catch his favorite team, the Boston Red Sox, battle their biggest rival, the New York Yankees, in primetime.

Uihlein, who has played the European Tour the past 4 years, accomplished his goal by carding a final-round 65 at The Ohio State University’s Scarlet Course to beat local favorite Ryan Armour by a stroke. The victory was worth $180,000 and places the 28-year-old from New Bedford, Mass. on top of the Web.com Tour Finals money list with three events left.

“I got the last game, Sunday night,” said Uihlein. “Never had that in five years. I’m never home on a Sunday night after playing a round of golf on a Sunday without making a cut. First time ever, and you kind of like sit back and be like that’s pretty convenient. That kind of hit home a little bit. So I was like, I really kind of want to at least get my PGA TOUR card so I can have moments like that when I can spend a little time at home with my girlfriend and two dogs.”
“This is a proper test,” said Uihlein, referring to the Scarlet Course. “You gotta drive the ball well. You gotta hit your irons well. And it’s a shame that it rained because that first day was phenomenal for how fast the greens were, how difficult it was. You know, it changed your mindset a little bit, you need to make some birdies. But it’s not a walk in the park.”

Since he turned pro in 2011, Uihlein has flown across the pond to compete in Europe and Asia. The former Oklahoma State Cowboy had the credentials to play on TOUR being a two-time All-American and 2010 United States Amateur champion, but chose to head overseas.
“All of a sudden my first event as a pro I end up on a plane to India,” said Uihlein. “You go there for the first time, really not leaving the country very rarely, and all of a sudden you go to India, totally different. It’s a different world, different cultures. Just a different environment. You get to see things I never would have seen if I didn’t leave America.”

Uihlein arrived in Columbus No. 12 in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai. He’s enjoyed success outside the U.S. with a win at the Madeira Islands Open along with being named the Tour’s Rookie of the Year in 2013. On Saturday, he talked about wanting the chance to become a global player and this winter he’s going to get the opportunity.

“There’s so many good events now in Europe,” said Uihlein, who has made 114 starts on the European Tour. “It’s really tough. I got to sit down and look at both schedules. I just don’t know. I don’t know next year’s schedule in Europe. I haven’t looked at the PGA TOUR schedule. Right now, I don’t know where I’m going to be playing but I’m going to try and do both and see what happens.”

Armour hit his worst drive of the week on the 18th and was left with a near impossible second into the home hole. After leaving the approach 20 yards short, the former Ohio State Buckeye sailed his pitch 40 feet behind the hole and missed the par save to force a playoff.

Armour didn’t win the golf tournament, but he secured his return to the TOUR.

“Mission accomplished,” said Armour, about the runner-up performance. “The job was to get back to the TOUR, and that’s what happened. I already have a start in Napa, So, that is something that you can take as a positive, and old Scarlet here, I mean she’s tough, and I finally got a little piece of her. But the old girl is a really hard golf course.”

Tom Lovelady made a life-changing putt on the 72nd hole. Being in contention on Sunday is stressful enough without the added pressure of trying to earn your TOUR card and the 24-year-old from Mountain Brook, Ala. rose to the occasion. After hitting his approach on No. 18 to 10 feet, Lovelady drained the birdie bid and celebrated with a fist pump, knowing that was to get on TOUR next season.

“Unbelievable,” said Lovelady, who earned $58,000 for his T3 effort in Columbus. “I mean it’s what I dreamed of. You always hope it comes true. You just never know because golf’s a hard game and there are so many good players. There’s no other way to put it that it’s a dream come true, unbelievable.

Sunday Notes:
* Sunday weather: Partly cloudy. High of 77. Wind W/SW 7-14 mph with gusts up to 20 mph.
* This week’s purse is $1M with $180,000 awarded to Uihlein.
* Uihlein earns his first career win in his third start on Tour. It was his first start as a professional on the Web.com Tour. His previous best finish was a T9 at the 2011 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, which came as an amateur.
* Uihlein’s victory comes at age 28 years, 0 months and 5 days. Uihlein turned 28 on Tuesday of the tournament week.
* Uihlein is the second former Oklahoma State Cowboy to win in the last three weeks after Talor Gooch won the News Sentinel Open presented by Pilot three weeks ago.
* With his victory, he earns an exemption into the 2018 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide.
* With his victory, he is the third consecutive winner of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship winner to come from at least three shots back entering the final round. He entered the final round four shots back of Ryan Armour.
* Uihlein is the second non-member to win the Web.com Tour Finals opener after Bryson DeChambeau won the DAP Championship a year ago. DeChambeau went on to win the John Deere Classic this year after earning his TOUR card through the Finals. `

About Peter Uihlein
HEIGHT: 6-2 WEIGHT: 195
BIRTHDATE: August 29, 1989
BIRTHPLACE: New Bedford, Massachusetts
RESIDENCE: Jupiter, Florida
EDUCATION: Oklahoma State University
TURNED PROFESSIONAL: 2011
JOINED TOUR: 2017

* Ryan Armour led the field in driving accuracy at 87.50%, hitting 49 of 56 fairways.

* Tom Lovelady, who earns his PGA TOUR card with a T3 finish, posted a career-best T3 finish after birdieing the 72nd hole. He has now posted top-10s in four of his last six starts. Lovelady, who was on Alabama’s 2013 and 2014 national championship teams, was teammates on the Crimson Tide with Bobby Wyatt and Trey Mullinax, who both got their PGA TOUR cards through the Web.com Tour a year ago. Lovelady was teammates in 2013 as well with Justin Thomas, who won the 2014 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship.

* Before Lanto Griffin’s win at the Nashville Golf Open Benefitting the Snedeker Foundation after making the cut on the number, he had made the cut in just four of his first 11 starts of the season with a T19 as his best finish to that point. But Griffin’s season turned around in Nashville, and he’s now made his last 10 cuts with a victory, T6, T8 and three additional top-20s. Griffin’s T8 in Columbus is his third top-10 in his last 10 starts. Griffin moved up to 19th on the combined Regular Season and Finals money list after ending the Regular Season in 22nd to get his PGA TOUR card.

* Keith Mitchell posted his third consecutive top-10 with a T6 finish in Columbus. He held the 36-hole lead after opening with rounds of 65-67 but posted rounds of 70-73 on the weekend. His check of $34,750 would be enough to earn a TOUR card three of the last four years. Mitchell finished No. 26 on the Regular Season money list after finishing one shot shy of earning his TOUR card at the Regular Season finale in Portland.

* Five-time PGA TOUR winner Ben Crane, who is making his first Web.com Tour start since 2001, has played the TOUR full-time since 2002, but had to return to the Web.com Tour Finals after finishing No. 147 in the FedExCup standings. Crane is nearing regaining his TOUR card after a T6 in Columbus. With the T6 finish, Crane earned $34,750, which would be enough to get a Finals card three of the last four years. Crane led the field in scrambling (82.61%).

* Abraham Ancer arrived in Ohio at No. 3 on the Tour money list, just $73,233 behind Brice Garnett, but is now within $17,822 of Garnett after moving into second-place on the combined Regular Season and Finals money list with a solo-fifth place finish. It is Ancer’s sixth top-five of the season. Ancer led the field in putting average (1.591) and putts per round (26.25).

* Brett Stegmaier opened the Web.com Tour Finals with a T8 finish in his bid to return to the PGA TOUR. Stegmaier’s last trip to the Web.com Tour Finals saw him finish 13th on the Finals money list in 2015 to secure his PGA TOUR card. Stegmaier finished No. 101 in the FedExCup standings in 2016 to keep his TOUR card this season, but after finishing No. 181, he’s back at the Web.com Tour Finals hoping to return to the TOUR. Stegmaier led the field in greens in regulation (81.94%).

* 2016 U.S. Amateur Champion Curtis Luck finished T19 in his Web.com Tour debut.

* Three of the last four winners of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship – Seung-Yul Noh (2013), Justin Thomas (2014), and Grayson Murray (2016) – have won on the PGA TOUR within two years of their win in Columbus.

* Four of the top-10 at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship a year ago went on to win on the PGA TOUR this year – Murray, Cameron Smith, Cody Gribble and Xander Schauffele.

* This is the first tournament in the Web.com Tour Finals, a series of four events that will conclude at the Web.com Tour Championship in Atlantic Beach, Fla., Sept. 25-Oct. 1. Twenty-five PGA TOUR cards were awarded last week following the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft Heinz. An additional 25 cards are up for grabs during the four Finals events, as well as positioning for all 50 cards.

* This is the fifth year of the Finals format and it’s difficult to estimate exactly how much money it will take to finish in the top-25 on the Finals money list and collect one of the remaining 25 PGA TOUR cards that will be handed out in a few weeks.

Here’s how much money the No. 25 man on the money list earned in each of the past two years excluding The 25 from the Regular Season money list:
2013 No. 25 Bobby Gates $33,650.00
2014 No. 25 Eric Axley $36,311.66
2015 No. 25 Rob Oppenheim $32,206.00
2016 No. 25 Tim Wilkinson* $27,425.00

*denotes three events played (Web.com Tour Championship was cancelled

* Scoring averages for the week:

Front (36) Back (35) Total (71) Cumulative
R1 36.531 35.608 72.138 —
R2 36.167 35.921 72.087 72.113
R3 35.521 35.141 70.662 71.629
R4 36.099 34.732 70.831 71.430

Keith Mitchell continues to build on his lead with a potential PGA TOUR card in sight

Second-Round Leaderboard

Pos. Name Score
1 Keith Mitchell 65-67—132 (-10)
2 Seth Reeves 70-64—134 (-8)
3 Andrew Landry 68-67—135 (-7)
4 Ryan Armour 68-68—136 (-6)
Abraham Ancer 66-70—136 (-6)

Keith Mitchell continues to build on his lead with a potential PGA TOUR card in sight at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship

Columbus, Ohio – Just five days after coming up one shot short of securing his PGA TOUR card, Keith Mitchell is showing no signs of any lingering scar tissue this week in Columbus after taking the 36-hole lead by three shots at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, the first of four Web.com Tour Finals events. Mitchell, who opened the day with a one-shot lead, posted a 4-under 67 in breezy conditions at the Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University Golf Club. At 10-under 132, he leads Seth Reeves by two for the first 36-hole lead of his career.

“I think [last week] has a lot to do with it. It’s more like a chip on my shoulder,” Mitchell said. “I’m kind of just out there, you know, just playing with 100 percent on every shot. And you know when you get that close you’re going to get just one shot away from a whole entire season of golf, you don’t really have time to just sit back and be complacent on the golf course. So we’ve been trying to really go 100 percent on every shot, no matter what the circumstances are, and it’s really paid off so far.”

It doesn’t hurt Mitchell’s cause that he’s continued to put on a ball-striking clinic and might be striking the ball better than anyone else in the field on one of the hardest courses the Web.com Tour sees each year. Through two rounds on the 7,455-yard layout, he’s hit 30 of 36 greens in regulation (second best in the field), ranks second in putts per green in regulation and has posted a field-leading 12 birdies.

“I’ve been hitting a lot of knockdown shots out there, especially in the wind,” Mitchell said. “Just keeping myself under control. A lot of times when I get a little out of whack, I swing too hard and try to hit the ball too far and too high. So really working on that and kind of controlling my distances better and it’s really paying off.”

Mitchell’s been on a tear in recent weeks with a T11, T3, and T6 in his last three starts. He even held a share of the lead after 54 holes last week in Portland and thinks the pressure of playing for a TOUR card down the stretch on Sunday last week will have him better prepared for playing with the lead this weekend.

“I just think we can handle it better now. I felt better than I ever had last week when I had the lead going into Sunday. And then after what happened, I just feel like I’m going to keep getting better and better,” Mitchell said. “So you know, it is only Friday afternoon. So we’re trying not to really feel like we’re protecting a lead or anything like that. We gotta play great this weekend. And it might feel different on Sunday having the lead, but right now just trying to make it routine.”

Reeves’ round was anything but routine, getting within one of the course record with a 7-under 64 as 20-30 mile per hour gusts swept through the golf course to get within two of Mitchell.

“I was just trying to make as many as I could. I was just like trying to go catch [Mitchell] really,” Reeves said. “I mean it was tough, but for some reason I like playing in the wind. All my best rounds this year have been in the wind, I feel like. So you kind of wake up and you see the wind and think it’s going to be a tough day, but when I get out there, I feel really comfortable in it. And just got off to a good start. Hit some good shots, some things went my way, and I’ve been putting really well, for I mean months honestly. And the ball striking has come together and that’s where the scores come from.”

Andrew Landry, who trails by three in solo third, has already locked up his TOUR card, but will nevertheless have his heart on his sleeve this weekend. Following the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, he’ll be playing for his hometown of Port Neches-Groves, Texas this weekend. The 30-year-old will be donating a percentage of his winning’s this weekend to Hurricane Harvey relief, a storm that’s had devastating implications for his brother and his family and friends that still live in in the little town outside of Beaumont, Texas.

“This is a pretty intense week with a lot of family members back home losing a lot of their stuff, and especially my brother he lost everything with the hurricane,” Landry said. “I’m playing this week, and I’m going to donate a lot of my earnings to the Harvey victims, and we’re going to try to get involved with that somehow or some way. So playing right now for Southeast Texas.”

Landry’s parent’s home was fine in the storm, but his brother wasn’t so lucky. After leaving Portland, they’re all currently staying at Landry’s residence in Austin as they await word of when they can get back into their homes.

“My brother has about six or seven feet inside his house,” Landry said. “Thankfully they didn’t lose their Suburban. It was parked at the airport. They were out in Portland with us. My parents, the same, were out in Portland with us. So their vehicles were fine. And then we’re just going to play it by ear right now. They’re not going to be able to get back into their house until maybe late next week to even see what the damage is. I know for sure they’ve got a lot of water in there.”

FRIDAY NOTES:
* Friday weather: Cloudy and breezy. Wind N 10-18 mph with gust of 20-30. High of 65.
* This week’s purse is $1M with $180,000 awarded to the champion.
* This is the first tournament in the Web.com Tour Finals, a series of four events that will conclude at the Web.com Tour Championship in Atlantic Beach, Fla., Sept. 25-Oct. 1. Twenty-five PGA TOUR cards were awarded last week following the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft Heinz. An additional 25 cards are up for grabs during the four Finals events, as well as positioning for all 50 cards.
* A total of 71 players made the 36-hole cut, which came at 2-over 144.
* Tee times for the third round will be 8:00 am to 10:00 am off No. 1 & 10 in threesomes.
* This is seventh time in the tournament’s 10-year history that the cut has been over par.
* This is the sixth time in 23 events the 36-hole cut has been over par on Tour this year:
11-over The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic
4-over United Leasing & Finance Championship
2-over The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic
2-over Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship
1-over Club Colombia Championship
1-over Panama Claro Championship

* This is the third year of the Finals format and it’s difficult to estimate exactly how much money it will take to finish in the top-25 on the Finals money list and collect one of the remaining 25 PGA TOUR cards that will be handed out in a few weeks.

Here’s how much money the No. 25 man on the money list earned in each of the past two years:
2013 No. 25 Bobby Gates $33,650.00
2014 No. 25 Eric Axley $36,311.66
2015 No. 25 Rob Oppenheim $32,206.00
2016 No. 24 Cody Gribble/Kelly Kraft* $35,125.00
2017 No. 25 ??? ???

*denotes three events played (Web.com Tour Championship was cancelled)

* In his 40th start, Keith Mitchell holds the 36-hole lead of a Web.com Tour event for the first time. Mitchell has recorded a T11 (Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae), T3 (News Sentinel Open presented by PILOT) and a T6 (WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft Heinz) in his last three events. In that span, Mitchell has posted only one round over par (R2 – 73 – Ellie Mae Classic).

* Seth Reeves’ 7-under 64 in the lowest second-round score at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship in the 10-year history of the tournament. Reeves also tied his lowest score on Tour this season (R1 – 64 – Air Capital Classic). In 21 starts, Reeves has made nine cuts and recorded two top-10s.

* Abraham Ancer arrived in Ohio at No. 3 on the Tour money list, just $73,233 behind Brice Garnet. A solo second or better this week would place Ancer in first since Garnett missed the cut. Ancer is the only player inside the top 10 on the money list without a Tour win this season. He has recorded three runner-up performances in 20 starts this season. The first-round 5-under 66 was his lowest round at the Scarlet Course. He enters the weekend four back. In 2015, Ancer started the third round of the Nova Scotia Open in a tie for 37th place but carded weekend rounds of 64-68 to defeat Bronson Burgoon in a playoff.

* Local favorite and former Ohio State Buckeye Ryan Armour opened with 68-68, tying his lowest score on the Scarlett Course since 2009 (R4 – 68). Armour, who enters the weekend four back (T4), has missed the cut in his last six appearances in Columbus and has only broken par twice in that span. Armour played this season on the PGA TOUR and posted one top-10 in 20 starts (T4 – Wyndham Championship) and finished the season No. 160 in the FedExCup standings.

* Peter Uihlein is currently No. 12 in the European’s Tour Race to Dubai. Uihlein carded back-to-back 69s and is 4-under-par, T6, in his Web.com Tour Finals debut. In seven starts on the PGA TOUR this season, Uihlein made five cuts and posted three top-25s including a T5 at the Puerto Rico Open. Uihlein has made two appearances at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. In 2011, Uihlein recorded rounds of 69-67-70-68 for a 10-under-par score that placed him in a tie for ninth.

* Former U.S. Amateur champion Curtis Luck carded his second even-par 71 in as many rounds and is in T31 heading into the weekend.

* Leading money winner Brice Garnett posted rounds of 74-71 and missed the 36-hole cut by one stroke.

* Scoring averages for the week:
Front (36) Back (35) Total (71) Cumulative
R1 36.531 35.608 72.138 —
R2 36.167 35.921 72.087 72.113

 

KEITH MITCHELL TAKES FIRST-ROUND LEAD

First-Round Leaderboard

Pos. Name Score
1 Keith Mitchell 65 (-6)
2 Abe Ancer 66 (-5)
  Sam Saunders 67 (-4)
  Alex Cejka 67 (-4)
5 Nine players tied at 68 (-3)

 

Columbus, Ohio – After falling just one-shot shy of securing his PGA TOUR card a week ago in Portland, Keith Mitchell showed no signs of an emotional hangover Thursday with an opening round 6-under 65 to grab the first-round lead by one over Abraham Ancer at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. With 25 more PGA TOUR cards on the line over the course of the four-event Web.com Tour Finals, Mitchell knows he can easily atone for coming up shy as the No. 26 guy on the Regular Season money list, and that rebound started with seven birdies and a bogey at the Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University Golf Club.

“I mean the new system gives us a huge chance. I mean once you finish 26-75, everybody starts fresh,” Mitchell said. “That can be a good thing or a bad thing, but this week we’re trying to look at it as a good thing. We’re here, and if we play good like we’ve been playing the last couple of weeks, I don’t think last week is going to matter at all.”

That doesn’t mean it was any easier to sleep Sunday night. After failing to make birdie on any of the last three holes, he estimated he only slept about 45 minutes with the replays continually running through his head and in front of him on his TV.

“I stayed up all night until 5 AM watching the coverage. I think I was hoping maybe the guy out there would do something different,” Mitchell said. “I didn’t really sleep at all that night, thinking about it and all the scenarios that could have happened, but I think it’s good for me in the long run. There’s no way that I could learn that or teach that unless something like that happened.”

He thought about the missed six-footer for birdie at the 16th and the 20-foot putt that came up just one revolution shy for birdie at 17. He thought about the 72nd hole, too, where he thought he needed an eagle at the last to get his TOUR card and subsequently tried to hole the chip, when he only needed a birdie to secure 25th TOUR card handed out.

“I knew I couldn’t dwell on it because I still have a great opportunity to get my PGA TOUR card. I know I’m playing well, and I have four weeks to do it. So, I tried to focus on that as much as I could. Yes, everyone wants a putt to go to the PGA TOUR, and unfortunately not only did I miss it but I didn’t know it was to go to the TOUR. But now I have four more tournaments, so if I play like I’m playing I’ll give myself plenty more chances.”

Mitchell gave himself plenty of chances Thursday after opening with a bogey at the second. On the day, he hit 16 of 18 greens. With three more ball-striking days like that, he could have the immediate vengeance he seeks come Sunday.

“It was a nice round,” Mitchell said. “Pete, my caddie, is always staying positive out there, and I needed that today. I really hit it well and was pretty stress free. Didn’t have any par putts outside a couple feet. So I was very fortunate to get some good breaks and just execute what I needed to do.”

If Mitchell’s looking for an example of the model he hopes to emulate, he need look no further than Xander Schauffele, who finished in 26th on the 2016 Regular Season money list but secured his TOUR card in the Finals here in Columbus with a T9 finish and went on to win on TOUR this season.

Fresh off back-to-back top-10s, Mitchell feels like his game is in prime position to follow Schauffele’s example in not letting the Regular Season bubble define his year.

“It’s kind of easing a little bit just knowing that you still have a chance,” Mitchell said. “I mean I’m playing the best I’ve played in a while coming into this week. So, I’m just trying to float on that.”

Ancer, who opened with a bogey-free 5-under 66, arrives on the heels of his third runner-up of the season – and fifth top-five.

“Felt great. The course is in awesome shape,” Ancer said. “The game plan was to hit as many fairways as possible and then really be very disciplined with the second shots. The greens are firm out there. So, you can’t really short side yourself. So, I was able to do that for the most part and made some putts on both sides. So, it was a pretty solid round, not many mistakes. So, I’m pretty happy.”

Sam Saunders and Alex Cejka opened with 4-under 67s to jump into a share of third after one round.

THURSDAY NOTES:

* Thursday weather: Mostly sunny. Wind N 8-16 mph. High of 78.

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

* This is the first tournament in the Web.com Tour Finals, a series of four events that will conclude at the Web.com Tour Championship in Atlantic Beach, Fla., Sept. 25-Oct. 1. Twenty-five PGA TOUR cards were awarded last week following the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft Heinz. An additional 25 cards are up for grabs during the four Finals events, as well as positioning for all 50 cards.

* This is the third year of the Finals format and it’s difficult to estimate exactly how much money it will take to finish in the top-25 on the Finals money list and collect one of the remaining 25 PGA TOUR cards that will be handed out in a few weeks.

Here’s how much money the No. 25 man on the money list earned in each of the past two years:
2013    No. 25 Bobby Gates                            $33,650.00
2014    No. 25 Eric Axley                               $36,311.66
2015    No. 25 Rob Oppenheim                                   $32,206.00
2016    No. 24 Cody Gribble/Kelly Kraft*          $35,125.00
2017    No. 25 ???                  ???

*denotes three events played (Web.com Tour Championship was cancelled)

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship extends agreement with Web.com Tour for additional three years

Tournament will continue as Finals event at The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course

Columbus, Ohio – Tournament Officials announced today a three-year extension of the agreement between the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship and the PGA TOUR that insures the tournament will continue as a Web.com Tour Finals event through 2021. Additionally, a three-year agreement with The Ohio State University Golf Club was announced, confirming the Scarlet Course will continue to host the tournament.

“Since the first tournament in 2007, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship has developed into one of the Web.com Tour’s finest events, setting high standards in tournament hosting, corporate community involvement, and most importantly, the impact of charitable dollars to Nationwide Children’s Hospital,” said Dan Glod, President of the Web.com Tour. “Today’s announcement about the three-year extensions with Champions of the Community and The Ohio State University ensure the community impact will remain in place and the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will play a pivotal role in determining who earns PGA TOUR cards through 2021.”

“We are thrilled that this tournament will continue to be played in Columbus at The Ohio State University Golf Club,” said Mike Boyd, president of the tournament’s host organization, Champions of the Community. “This event allows central Ohio golf fans to see the future stars of the PGA TOUR play in their hometown. It also brings awareness about the work being done at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and raises much-needed funds which allow the hospital to fulfill its mission of providing world-class health care for every child that walks through the door, regardless of the family’s ability to pay.”

Since its inception in 2007, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship has been a leader in generating charity dollars on the Web.com Tour. Through 2016, the event has raised more than $7.3 million in support of the pediatric cancer program for its primary beneficiary, Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

The tournament proudly announced record-high donations to Nationwide Children’s Hospital the past four years, topping the one million dollar mark for the first time in 2014. Donations the past years have grown from $1,003,769 in 2014, to $1,253,322 in 2015, to $1,604,500 last year. Thanks to the continued corporate and community support, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship is poised yet again to raise the charity bar and significantly increase the donations to the Hospital.

“Nationwide Children’s Hospital is thankful that the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, PGA TOUR and The Ohio State University have again decided to continue to bring a highly competitive golf tournament to central Ohio,” said Steve Allen, MD, chief executive officer of Nationwide Children’s Hospital. “The tournament and community’s support of our pediatric cancer program for more than a decade has been evident with the record-breaking donations during the past four years of play. The tournament’s ongoing commitment plays a significant role in helping to raise vital awareness of the hospital’s mission to help children from all over the world.”

Together with the tournament’s charity focus, the other constant for the event will be the host venue, The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course. The Scarlet Course has played host to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship from its inception and remains one of the truest tests of golf on the Web.com Tour. The Ohio State University Golf Club is also the only site to have hosted a Finals event since the Web.com Tour initiated the four-tournament Finals in 2013.

“We congratulate the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship on the tournament’s new agreement,” said Gene Smith, vice president and director of athletics at The Ohio State University. “We are proud that The Ohio State University Golf Club and the Scarlet Course will continue to serve as host site, not only for the exposure the tournament provides what we believe are the best golf facilities in the collegiate community, but most importantly because we enjoy being partners with an event that does so much for charity, principally Nationwide Children’s Hospital, an organization that has enjoyed a longtime academic relationship with The Ohio State University Medical Center. It is a privilege to be a part of such a great cause.”

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship is managed by HNS Sports Group, a full service event management company headquartered in Dublin, Ohio.

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship was played as an invitational from 2007 to 2012. The tournament debuted as a Finals event in 2013 when the Web.com Tour became The Path to the PGA TOUR and began awarding all 50 cards for the following PGA TOUR season. 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 11th playing of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship begins this Thursday, August 31, as the first of four Finals events and will feature a blended field of the top 75 players from the Web.com Tour this year and players from the PGA TOUR finishing Nos. 126 – 200 on the regular season FedExCup points list, less those with exemptions.

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 based on the four-event Finals’ money list.

The ordering of all 50 players after the Web.com Tour Finals will be done on an alternating basis, using the two lists of card earners.

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. The Nationwide Children’s
Hospital Championship’s Charity Ticket Program, now entering its 10th year, allows for participating charity organizations to receive donations based on the number of “charity tickets” redeemed at the tournament. For a list of participating charities and information about how to join the program please visit www.ncc-golf.com.

General admission for this award winning stop on the Web.com Tour is free. For details and to print free tickets the public may visit http://www.ncc-golf.com/tickets.

For 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), Instagram (@NCHCGolf) and Facebook (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 2017-2018 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

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-18 list of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare system 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 staff of nearly 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.4 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. 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, with a 10-year agreement in place through 2021. This season marks the 28th year of competition on the Web.com Tour. Three out of four PGA TOUR members are Web.com Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won more than 476 PGA TOUR titles, including 23 majors and seven PLAYERS Championships. The PGA TOUR, through the efforts of its Tours and their tournaments, sponsors, players and volunteers, has surpassed $2.46 billion in charitable giving. To learn more about the PGA TOUR, the Web.com Tour and to follow the season-long quest for a PGA TOUR card, visit PGATOUR.COM, or follow the Tour on social media via Twitter (@WebDotComTour), Facebook (facebook.com/WebDotComTour) and Instagram (Instagram.com/WebDotComTour).

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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The Field is set for the 2017 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship!

Columbus, Ohio – At 6:00 p.m. EDT Tournament Officials announced the 133 player blended field of PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour players who are eligible and have committed to compete in the 2017 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 first of four Web.com Tour Finals events being hosted August 31 – September 3 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, Web.com Tour and internationally, collectively representing 52 TOUR victories, 100 Web.com Tour wins and 117 international titles.

The field includes the following players:

Adams, Blake
Albertson, Anders

Alker, Steven
Ancer, Abraham
Anderson, Mark
Appleby, Stuart
Armour, Ryan
Arnold, Jamie
Atkins, Matt
Axley, Eric
Baker, Chris

Barnes, Ricky
Beljan, Charlie (Med)
Blaauw, Jacques
Blair, Zac
Brehm, Ryan
Burgoon, Bronson (Med)
Byrd, Jonathan
Campbell, Brian
Campos, Rafael
Castro, Roberto
Cejka, Alex
Chin, John
Collins, Chad
Conners, Corey
Cook, Austin
Covello, Vince

Crane, Ben
Curran, Jon (Med)
Dahmen, Joel
Davis, Brian (Med)
Díaz, Roberto
Drewitt, Brett
Duke, Ken
Duncan, Tyler
Ernst, Derek

Etulain, Julián
Fdez-Castaño, Gonzalo
Garnett, Brice
Gibson, Rhein

Gonzales, Andres
Gooch, Talor
Gore, Jason
Griffin, Lanto
Gunn, Jimmy
Guthrie, Luke
Gutschewski, Scott
Hadley, Chesson
Harkins, Brandon
Harmon, Matt
Harrington, Scott

Hend, Scott (N-M)
Hodge, Jonathan
Hoge, Tom
Hossler, Beau
Hubbard, Mark
Hueber, Justin
Ishikawa, Ryo
Jaeger, Stephan
Johnson, Michael

Jones, Matt
Kennerly, Billy
Kohles, Ben

Lamb, Rick
Landry, Andrew
Langley, Scott
Lashley, Nate
Lee, D.H.
Lee, Kyoung-Hoon

Levin, Spencer
Lindheim, Nicholas
Long, Adam
Loupe, Andrew
Lovelady, Tom
Luck, Curtis (N-M)
Lunde, Bill
MacKenzie, Will
Mahan, Hunter
McCarthy, Denny
Merritt, Troy
Mitchell, Keith
Moore, Taylor

Mullinax, Trey
Muñoz, Sebastián
Norlander, Henrik (N-M)
Núñez, Augusto
Oppenheim, Rob
Ortiz, Carlos

Owen, Greg
Park, Jin
Park, S.J. (Med)
Percy, Cameron
Pereira, Mito
Peterson, John
Piller, Martin
Poston, J.T.
Potter, Jr., Ted
Power, Seamus
Pride, Dicky
Prugh, Alex
Putnam, Andrew
Randolph, Jonathan
Reeves, Seth
Reifers, Kyle
Ridings, Tag
Roach, Wes
Romero, Andres
Ryder, Sam
Saunders, Sam
Schenk, Adam
Shindler, Conrad
Silverman, Ben
Skinns, David
Sloan, Roger
Southgate, Matthew (N-M)
Stefani, Shawn
Stegmaier, Brett
Straka, Sepp
Summerhays, Daniel
Svensson, Adam
Teater, Josh
Thompson, Kyle
Thompson, Michael
Thompson, Nicholas
Tracy, Ethan
Tringale, Cameron
Uihlein, Peter (N-M)
Wagner, Johnson
Wheatcroft, Steve
Wilcox, Willy (Med)
Wilkinson, Tim
Wittenberg, Casey
Yun, Andrew

Notes:
1) 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.

2) Field size is 133 players as of 5:00 p.m. ET, Monday, August 28, 2017.

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will play a pivotal role in determining who will earn PGA TOUR membership for 2017-2018 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 players 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-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.

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship raised a total of $1,723,105 for charitable organizations last year, including $1,604,500 for pediatric cancer research and treatment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The total marked the largest single-season charitable donation raised by the tournament for the hospital in the 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 $7.3 million in support of the hospital’s pediatric cancer program.

General admission for this award winning stop on the Web.com Tour is free. For details and to print free tickets the public may visit http://www.ncc-golf.com/tickets.

For 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), Instagram (@NCHCGolf) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/NationwideChildrensChampionship).

Volunteer registration now open for the 2017 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship

Columbus, Ohio – Tournament officials announced today that volunteer registration for the 11th annual Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship is now open to the public at www.ncc-golf.com.

The 2017 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will be held August 28 – September 3 at The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course and for the first time will be the first 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 $1,723,105 was raised last year alone for Nationwide Children’s, and more than $7.3 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 and cap. Volunteers also receive breakfast and lunch for each day they work. In addition, all volunteers are invited to attend a catered post-tournament party immediately following play on Sunday, September 3. To cover the cost of the uniform volunteers are charged a fee of $35.00. These contributions represent an additional way volunteers help maximize the charitable donations the tournament provides to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

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 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will play a pivotal role in determining who will earn PGA TOUR membership for the 2017-2018 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 automatically secures 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.

General admission and parking for the 2017 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship is offered free of charge to the public. For details please visit www.ncc-golf.com.

For 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.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship earns Web.com Tour’s Outstanding Achievement Award

 

 

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, conducted annually at The Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course, was awarded with the Web.com Tour’s “Outstanding Achievement Award” at the PGA TOUR’s Tournament Meetings on Wednesday, December 7 in Las Vegas.

 

“I am honored to present the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship with this year’s Outstanding Achievement Award,” said Web.com Tour President Bill Calfee. “After a decade as one of the strongest events on the schedule, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship continues to grow each year, and the staff excelled across all fronts in delivering their best tournament to date and making a significant impact in the Columbus community.”

 

The Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes the tournament which developed and implemented a new promotion or activity with measurable results, driving sales, attendance and media coverage. The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship succeeded on all three fronts via the following achievements:

 

  • Raised a record-setting $1.7 million for central Ohio charitable organizations – the third consecutive year in which the tournament has raised more than $1 million.
  • Produced fan and family activations such as free golf lessons, a daily putting challenge, a free pancake breakfast, autograph signings and an appearance from Brutus Buckeye.
  • Implementation of an innovative fan experience, “Birdie Time is Miller Time” at the 13th hole with the Pub Thirteen venue, featuring open seating in a sports bar atmosphere and drink specials for birdies.
  • Presented an unsurpassed media presentation enhancing the coverage and stature of the event.

 

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Pictured left to right: Bill Calfee (Web.com Tour President), Kip Eriksen (Executive Director, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship), Randy Ford (Sales Director, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship), Dan Glod (COO, Web.com Tour)

 

“We are thrilled with the continued growth of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship and humbled to receive this award,” said Terrance Williams, Chairman of the Board of the tournament’s host organization, Champions of the Community. “To be recognized by the Web.com Tour and generate record charity dollars for Nationwide Children’s Hospital exemplifies the success of this meaningful event.”

 

Since the tournament’s inception in 2007, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship has donated a total of over $7.3 million in support of the pediatric cancer program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

 

In 2017, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will become the first of four stops in the Web.com Tour Finals, with a date set for August 28 – September 3 at The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course. The tournament was previously the third of four events, a position it held since the Web.com Tour instituted the Finals system in 2013.

Record-setting charitable donation announced for 10th playing of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship – 2017 Tournament moves to first of four stops in Web.com Tour Finals

 

 

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Columbus, Ohio – Tournament officials announced today that the 10th playing of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, held September 19-25, 2016 at The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course, raised a total of $1,723,105 for central Ohio charitable organizations, including $1,604,500 for pediatric cancer research and treatment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The total marks the largest amount raised by the tournament for the hospital in the 10-year history of the Web.com Tour Finals event – the third consecutive year such a historic mark has been achieved. Since its inception in 2007 the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship has donated a total of over $7.3 million in support of the hospital’s pediatric cancer program.

 

“For the third straight year, we’ve been able to raise more than $1 million for 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. “We’re truly grateful for the generosity of our corporate sponsors, whose support is critical to our success. Also, we extend our gratitude to our dedicated volunteers, central Ohio golf fans and the membership and staff at The Ohio State University Golf Club who continue to support the tournament each year.”

 

“During the past decade, the pediatric cancer program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital has benefitted from the immense generosity from Nationwide, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship tournament staff and volunteers, the Web.com Tour and The Ohio State University Golf Club,” said Steve Allen, MD, Chief Executive Officer of Nationwide Children’s. “The patients, families and staff at Nationwide Children’s are grateful for the unrelenting support and kind corporate and community pledge that is significant in helping Nationwide Children’s Hospital realize its mission of helping children everywhere regardless of a family’s ability to pay.”

 

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.

 

In 2017, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will become the first of four stops in the Web.com Tour Finals and be held August 28 – September 3 at The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course. The tournament was previously the third of four stops, a position it held since the Web.com Tour instituted the playoff system in 2013.

 

“We’re excited to be in a position to kickoff the 2017 Finals in Columbus,” said Tournament Director Kip McBride. “Central Ohio has some of the best golf fans on Tour and the tournament’s new place in the playoff order insures that they will be treated to the best field of the year on the Web.com Tour next August.”

 

For information concerning tickets, how to become a volunteer, and general Tournament news, please call (614) 764-GOLF or visit www.ncc-golf.com. 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 2016-2017 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
Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-17 list of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare systems 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 staff of more than 11,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.2 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 452 PGA TOUR titles, including 22 majors and six PLAYERS Championships. The PGA TOUR, through the efforts of its tours and their tournaments, sponsors, players and volunteers, surpassed $2.3 billion in charitable giving through 2015. 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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Grayson Murray comes from four back for first victory

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 25: Grayson Murray watches his tee shot on the 13th hole during the final round of the Web.com Tour Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship at The Ohio State University Golf Club on September 25, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

 

Final-Round Leaderboard

Pos. Name Scores
1 Grayson Murray 69-67-68-68—272 (-12)
2 Cameron Smith 67-71-67-68—273 (-11)
3 Kevin Tway 66-70-71-67—274 (-10)
Martin Flores 66-70-71-67—274 (-10)

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Grayson Murray already had his PGA TOUR card secured. With seven top-10s in his first 15 starts on the Web.com Tour, Murray had been knocking on the door. On Sunday, the 22-year-old earned his first Web.com Tour victory at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, edging Cameron Smith by one shot with a final-round 3-under 68. The Web.com Tour rookie came from four shots back in the final round to take over first on the Web.com Tour Finals money list in the penultimate event.

“I racked up so many top-10s this year, I was knocking on the door, and I knew if I kept putting myself in position on Sunday it was going to just be a matter of time before I won,” Murray said. “Just credit to everyone around me keeping me positive through those stretches where I did miss the cut this year, and my parents, my swing coach, some mentors back home, just it couldn’t be possible without all them.”

When Murray exited the scorer’s tent after signing for a 12-under 272, Martin Flores was the only player remaining on the golf course with a chance of catching him. Trailing Murray by two shots with two to play, Flores made par at the 17th and knew he needed to hole out at the par-4 18th for eagle to force a playoff. He nearly did, rattling the flagstick with his approach into the par-4 finishing hole, but the ball caromed off to the left of the pin to seal up the victory for Murray.

Murray entered the day four shots back of Flores, but the 54-hole leader shot a 4-over 40 on the front nine to allow Murray to make up ground. Although Murray wasn’t particularly pleased with an even-par 36 on the front, he entered the back nine just two shots back of the lead, and quickly birdied three of the first four holes on the back nine to tie Smith at the top at 12-under.

After Smith made a costly bogey at the par-4 15th, Murray never relinquished the lead with five crucial pars to close out the tournament.

“Stayed patient all day,” Murray said. “Made a bogey on 8, and that birdie on 10 really got me going on the back nine and made a great couple par saves on the back nine that I was giving myself five, six footers it seemed like every hole on that back nine, but I was confident stroking it well. It’s just a dream scenario, walking up 18 with a one-shot lead.”

Entering the Tour season with conditional status after a T74 finish at Web.com Tour Qualifying School, Murray didn’t make his first start of the season until Monday qualifying for the Chitimacha Louisiana Open presented by NACHER. The Raleigh, North Carolina native missed the cut by one shot there, but got his next shot a couple weeks later with a sponsor’s exemption into his home event – the Rex Hospital Open. He never looked back, finishing T10 there and T8 the following week at the BMW Charity Pro-Am.

Murray posted two more top-10s in June and July and nearly won the Digital Ally Open, missing a birdie putt at the last for the outright victory before falling in a playoff to Wesley Bryan. That runner-up helped secure his PGA TOUR card for the 2016-17 season, but the win remained elusive. Not anymore.

“I want to think this is only the beginning of what could be on the PGA TOUR,” Murray said. “I need to keep working really hard and keep going. It’s very, very tough to win out here and I’m going to enjoy this win for sure, but I know the great champions keep working even harder after they get that first win so that’s my plan.”

 

 

As special as the walk was for Murray, it was even more special because of who was beside him – his caddie, Mike Hicks. Hicks was on the bag for Payne Stewart for all three major championships and had been a long-time family friend after Murray played with his son, Jacob Hicks, in a junior event years ago. Ever since, the two had stayed in touch and Hicks caddied for him through Web.com Tour Qualifying School but had been out with Vaughn Taylor on the PGA TOUR this season. With Taylor’s season complete, Hicks joined Murray this week for the first time this season and will be heading with him up to the TOUR next season.

“It was awesome. We were walking up the fairway, and I said I hope we can get 10 more years out of you on my bag and just 10 more years of enjoyment,” Murray said. “Because after Payne Stewart passed away, he’s had good players, but I don’t think he’s really enjoyed his walk like he did with Payne. I’m not trying to compare myself to Payne whatsoever, but I’m really good friends with Mike and his son, and we go back a long way. I hope we can have many more years of enjoyment out on the course.”

Although Smith fell a shot short of his first Web.com Tour victory, the 23-year-old Aussie wasn’t too disappointed as the runner-up finish locked up a return to the TOUR for the 2016-17 season.

“I’m just happy that I’m heading back to the PGA TOUR, to be honest,” Smith said. “That was, obviously, the goal through these four weeks and to get it done a week early is definitely a relief.”

Kevin Tway and Flores finished in a tie for third at 10-under. Tway secured a return to the TOUR with his final-round 4-under 67.

Sunday Notes:

* Sunday weather: Partly cloudy. High: 88, Low: 65, Winds: S-SE 5-10 mph.

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

* This is the third event in the Web.com Tour Finals, a series of four events that will conclude at the Web.com Tour Championship in Atlantic Beach, Fla., Oct. 6-9. Twenty-five PGA TOUR cards were awarded four weeks ago following the WinCo Foods Portland Open. An additional 25 cards are up for grabs during the four Finals events, as well as positioning for all 50 cards.

* This is the fourth year of the Finals format and it’s difficult to gauge exactly how much money it will take to finish in the top-25 on the Finals money list and collect one of the remaining 25 PGA TOUR cards that will be handed out in a few weeks. Here’s how much money the No. 25 man on the money list earned in each of the past three years:

2013    No. 25              Bobby Gates                 $33,650.00
2014    No. 25              Eric Axley                    $36,311.66
2015    No. 25              Rob Oppenheim           $32,206.00

* Grayson Murray earns his first career win in his 19th start on Tour. His previous best finish was a T2 at the Digital Ally Open.

* Murray’s victory comes at age 22 years, 11 months and 24 days. Murray is the youngest player to win on Tour since Si Woo Kim’s triumph at the 2015 Ellie Mae Classic.

* Murray is the 17th first-time winner this season through 24 events. Rookies on Tour have accounted for 10 victories this season.

* Murray is the 14th player in his 20s to win on Tour in 2016 in 24 events.

* Murray tops the Finals money list with $248,000. Murray has earned $407,973 this season and trails leading money winner Wesley Bryan by $41,429 heading into the Web.com Tour Championship.

* At the beginning of the week, Murray pledged to donate $50 for every birdie he made during the tournament. Murray changed the amount to $100 for every birdie recorded on Sunday. In total Murray made 18 birdies this week and decided to donate $2,000 to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

* Murray’s finishes in the first three Finals events

W/D     DAP Championship                                                      $0
3          Albertsons Boise Open                                                 $68,000
1          Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship              $180,000

* Murray’s 12-under-par 272 total falls two strokes shy of the Harris English’s tournament-record 14-under 270 (2011).

About Grayson Murray
HEIGHT: 6-1 WEIGHT: 190
BIRTHDATE: October 1, 1993
BIRTHPLACE/RESIDENCE: Raleigh, North Carolina
EDUCATION: Arizona State University
TURNED PROFESSIONAL: 2015
JOINED TOUR: 2016

* Australian Cameron Smith secured a TOUR card with his runner-up performance in Columbus. Smith’s $108,000 vaulted him up the Finals money list to No. 4. The 23-year-old posted just three top-25s in his sophomore season on TOUR and finished No. 157 in the FedExCup standings.

* Cody Gribble made $35,125 for his T5 in Columbus and is in a tie for 19th place on the Finals money list with Kelly Kraft. Gribble played holes six through 12 in 7-under-par. He started the day with two bogeys and added two more on the back nine. His last birdie came at the par-4 16th which placed him in a four-way tie for fifth.

* After finishing the Regular Season No. 27 on the money list, Kevin Tway secured his TOUR card with a T3 at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. Tway carded a final round 67 to move inside the top five and earned $58,000 for his performance.

* Other notables to earn TOUR cards in Columbus are Will MacKenzie ($67,500), Xander Schauffele ($42,395) and Ryan Blaum ($49,100). Schauffele ended the Regular Season No. 26 on the money list and has turned up the heat during the Finals. Blaum has played his best during the Finals and recorded a T5 in Boise and a T18 in Columbus. MacKenzie has posted two top 10s in the finals (T6 – DAP Championship; T5 – Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship).

Scoring Average for the Scarlet Course for the week:
Front (36)         Back (35)         Total (71)         Cumulative
R1:       35.819             34.976             70.795             —-
R2:       36.120             35.096             71.216             70.998
R3:       36.500             35.091             71.591             71.195
R4        36.348             34.697             71.045             71.158

Martin Flores leads by three heading into final round

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 24: Martin Flores reads a putt on the first green during the third round of the Web.com Tour Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship at The Ohio State University Golf Club on September 24, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Third-Round Leaderboard

Pos. Name Scores
1 Martin Flores 68-66-66—200 (-13)
2 Tag Ridings 69-65-69—203 (-10)
3 Grayson Murray 69-67-68—204 (-9)

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Martin Flores fired a 5-under 66 Saturday to take the 54-hole lead at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, the third of four Web.com Tour Finals events.

Flores sits at 13-under-par 200 heading into the final round, three better than Tag Ridings (69).

Grayson Murray (68) is four shots back while Carlos Ortiz (66) and Cameron Smith (67) find themselves five back after the third round.

“I’m not going to change anything,” said Flores, when asked about playing with the lead. “I respect every individual out here, and I know that anybody can put together a hot round, so I’ve got to keep doing what I’m doing. I know the golf course is very, very difficult and it’s going to be a challenge.”

Flores got off to a shaky start with a bogey at the first. It took a while for the Lincoln Land Charity Championship winner to get comfortable on the putting surfaces. Even with birdies at holes four and seven, Flores struggled with his speed early in his round.

“I struggled early with lag putting,” said Flores, who had 29 putts on Saturday. “I was leaving everything short. Just struggled with the speed. Then as the round went on I started to hit the ball close quite a few times, but I started getting the speed a lot better. So I was very happy with that.”

The Ohio State University Golf Club’s demanding Scarlet Course has tested the patience of the players all week. It has consistently been in the top five toughest courses on Tour year-in and year-out during the tournament’s 10-year history. Mistakes are going to happen around the Alistair MacKenzie layout and Flores made a few of his own Saturday afternoon.

After a bogey on the par-4 11th hole, the Dallas, Texas native rattled off four consecutive birdies to take a commanding lead of the tournament.  Following pars at No. 16 and 17, Flores stuffed a wedge from 88 yards to five feet on the home hole and made birdie to cap off his second consecutive 66.

“I stayed to my approach and I just kept going along and I think birdies just happen,” said Flores, who takes the outright lead into the final round of a Web.com Tour event for the first time in his career. “You have to let them happen. It’s very, very hard to force birdies. Especially out here. So if you try to make birdies, if you’re trying to force things, I think that typically backfires.”

Flores has been noticeably different since his win in Springfield, Illinois earlier this summer. The 33-year-old former University of Oklahoma standout has played with tremendous confidence since securing his PGA TOUR card with his maiden Tour victory.

“I want it really bad,” said Flores, when asked about the stoic look on his face. “I’m sure just like anybody else. I’m really focused on my approach and what I’m doing out there.”

 

 

Entering the week Flores trailed leading money winner Wesley Bryan by a little more than $161,000. With every Finals event carrying a one million-dollar purse, the first-place prize in Columbus is worth $180,000. If Flores can hang on and win on Sunday, he will be in pole position to win the season-long money title.

“I want to pass Wes Bryan, just like I’m sure everybody else does,” said Flores. “Wes has had a fantastic year winning three times, but, yeah, I want that spot and I’m going to go out tomorrow and do my best. Tomorrow’s going to be a challenging day, and we’ll see what I can do.”

Win or lose Sunday, Flores won’t have trouble keeping things in perspective thanks to a ball marker he uses every round that was given to him a few years ago. It’s not a true coin, but the head of a necklace, the size of a quarter, that serves as a reminder of what means the most to him.

“Yes, my grandfather passed away, I believe it’s been two and a half, almost three years,” said Flores, when asked about the sentimental trinket. “Before he died, I believe my grandfather gave it to my father or gave it to him at a young age, I’m not sure. But he gave it to me at Colonial I think three years ago and I’ve used it ever since. So, I miss him all the time and it’s kind of a reminder of what’s truly important and it keeps a fresh perspective.”

With a TOUR card on the line this week, Ridings has performed well under pressure. The 42-year-old Keller, Texas native has found his game during the Finals and is one round away from earning his TOUR card after a third-round 69.

“It feels great always,” said Ridings, who has posted three straight rounds in the 60s at the Scarlet Course for the first time in his career. “It feels really good on this golf course to actually beat it three days in a row. So I’m going to try to just stay focused on doing that. You’ve got to beat it off the tee and then you can play in from there.”

Saturday Notes:

* Saturday weather: Mostly cloudy. High: 79, Low: 68, Winds: NE 7-14 mph.

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

* This is the third event in the Web.com Tour Finals, a series of four events that will conclude at the Web.com Tour Championship in Atlantic Beach, Fla., Oct. 6-9. Twenty-five PGA TOUR cards were awarded four weeks ago following the WinCo Foods Portland Open. An additional 25 cards are up for grabs during the four Finals events, as well as positioning for all 50 cards.

* This is the fourth year of the Finals format and it’s difficult to gauge exactly how much money it will take to finish in the top-25 on the Finals money list and collect one of the remaining 25 PGA TOUR cards that will be handed out in a few weeks. Here’s how much money the No. 25 man on the money list earned in each of the past three years:

2013    No. 25              Bobby Gates                 $33,650.00
2014    No. 25              Eric Axley                    $36,311.66
2015    No. 25              Rob Oppenheim           $32,206.00

* With two of the four Finals events completed, it’s still difficult to gauge exactly how much money it will take to secure a top-25 spot on the money list, but here is a list of the players entering the week on the Finals Bubble for the 25 cards (excluding The 25) and how they have fared so far this week:

No. 23: Erik Barnes                  $18,075             MC

No. 24: Stuart Appleby             $17,010             T52

No. 25: Xander Schauffele        $15,395             T9

No. 26: John Peterson               $14,500             N/A

No. 26: John Mallinger             $14,500             MC

No. 26: Scott Harrington           $14,500             MC

* Martin Flores has led/co-led after 54 holes only two times in his career on the Web.com Tour. Flores previously held the co-lead at the 2011 Rex Hospital Open, where he finished T2. In his lone Web.com Tour victory, Flores was in solo second entering the final round. Flores is making his third appearance in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. He’s finished in the top-20 both times with a T19 in 2011 and T20 in 2015.

* Flores’ three-shot lead through 54 holes ties Seung Yul-Noh for the largest 54-hole lead in this tournament’s history, which Noh went on to close out with a five-shot victory.

* In the previous nine years of this championship, the 54-hole leader has gone on to win five times with the last being Justin Thomas in 2014. The largest come-from-behind victory at this championship was Derek Lamely in 2009, who shot a final-round 65 to come from eight back and beat Rickie Fowler, who was an amateur at the time, in a playoff.

* There have been three playoffs in this championship’s history.

* In the final round at the DAP Championship, Tag Ridings seemingly found something with a 3-under 67 – his best round in two months on the Web.com Tour. Ridings has now posted eight consecutive under-par rounds after getting the streak started on that Sunday in Cleveland.

* Cameron Smith earned Special Temporary Membership on the PGA TOUR in June of 2015 after a fifth-place finish at the CIMB Classic and a T4 at the 2015 U.S. Open. Smith went on to earn TOUR membership for the 2016-17 season via non-member FedExCup points, but the 22-year-old struggled in his first full season on TOUR with only three top-25 finishes in 24 starts. Smith’s best finish of the season came in February with a T11 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. As a result, the Aussie finished 157th in the FedExCup standings and is at the Web.com Tour Finals in search of a return to the TOUR. In his first Web.com Tour start, Smith finished T28 at the DAP Championship before missing the cut at the Albertsons Boise Open. After a 4-under 67 in the third round in Columbus, Smith could be heading for a return to the TOUR as the Brisbane, Australia native enters the final round in T4 at 8-under 205, five shots back of the lead.

* Three-time Web.com Tour winner Carlos Ortiz fired the round of the day Saturday – a 5-under 66 – to climb up 16 spots on the leaderboard into T4 at 8-under 205.

* Ryan Blaum ($36,500), D.A. Points ($35,075), Rod Pampling ($33,032), and Will Mackenzie ($32,375) were all on the verge of locking up their PGA TOUR card for the 2016-17 season entering this week based off of the number that it took in previous years to secure one of 25 TOUR cards given out during the Web.com Tour Finals, and each could lock it up tomorrow with a solid finish. Blaum (T28), Points (T42), Pampling (T28), and Mackenzie (T19) are all assured to add to their totals this week and could lock up their card with a good final round.

* With a stroke average of 72.773 (+1.773) in 2015, the Scarlet Course played as the third toughest track on Tour last season. Through three rounds this year, the Scarlet Course is playing slightly easier with a stroke average of 71.195.

 

 

Scoring Average for the Scarlet Course for the week:
Front (36)         Back (35)         Total (71)         Cumulative
R1:       35.819             34.976             70.795             —-
R2:       36.120             35.096             71.216             70.998
R3:       36.500             35.091             71.591             71.195