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Ohio native Ryan Armour cards 65 to take 54-hole lead

Third-Round Leaderboard

Pos. Name Score
1 Ryan Armour 68-68-65—201 (-12)
2 Keith Mitchell 65-67-70—202 (-11)
3 Tom Lovelady 72-67-64—203 (-10)
4 Four players tied at 203 (-8)

 

 

Columbus, Ohio – Akron native Ryan Armour turned in his best performance of the week on Saturday in cold, wet conditions at The Ohio State Golf Club’s Scarlet Course to take the third-round lead at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. The 41-year-old Ohio State University alum recorded seven birdies and a bogey to jump in front of 36-hole leader Keith Mitchell. Armour’s 12-under-par 201 total places him one in front of Mitchell and two ahead of Tom Lovelady entering the final round.

 

The trio will try to secure their PGA TOUR cards for 2017-18 as the first event in the Web.com Tour Finals concludes on Sunday.

 

“My caddie and I talked on the range about how with the rain you had to be aggressive and you could start flying at some things that you normally couldn’t,” said Armour, who went out in 31. “On the front nine I struck the ball really well and turned at 5-under, but could have been better. And then the back nine kind of hung on at the end there. But it beats you up. I’m tired and cold.”

 

Armour, who now lives in sunny south Florida, spent five years in Columbus and has logged many hours on the Alistair Mackenzie layout. The Scarlet Course was redesigned by Jack Nicklaus in 2005, but Armour still feels nostalgic every time he returns.

 

“You see familiar faces,” he said, when asked about playing in front of friends and family. “Mark Lucas, Brian Kelly and everyone here do such a good job the way they treat us and it’s good to finally put some good rounds together.”

 

This week marks Armour’s seventh time competing in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. Before Thursday, Armour had recorded just three rounds under par and never back-to-back. After posting 65 on Saturday afternoon, he has now turned in three straight scores in the 60’s.

 

This season, Armour competed on TOUR and had his back against the wall at the Wyndham Championship. With his TOUR card on the line, Armour responded by recording his best showing on TOUR in a decade. The father-of-two needed to win or finish second in Greensboro and posted a final-round 64. The tie for fourth wasn’t enough to put him in the FedExCup Playoffs, but he’s brought that form to the Finals and has a chance to secure his return to the TOUR with a win on Sunday. 

 

“I think in every sport when you play at home, you want to please the home fans,” said Armour, who is in search of his second Tour victory. “It’s learning how to accept it, and some weeks I haven’t accepted it and this week I seem to accept it. Form counts, too. I came in here playing well, so that really helps a lot.”

 

For the second straight week, Mitchell, 25, will play in the final group on Sunday of a Tour event. Mitchell is not shy about being in contention. In his last three starts, Mitchell has posted a T11 at the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae, a T3 at the News Sentinel Open presented by Pilot and a T6 at the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft Heinz.

 

The former University of Georgia standout is known as an elite ball-striker but the flat stick was letting him down. After a tough stretch in the season where he missed three cuts in five weeks, Mitchell turned his attention to correcting the problem.

 

Thanks to the advice of a good friend, who has won twice this season on Tour, Mitchell’s focus on his practice routine has paid dividends the latter part of the summer.

 

“I’ve worked on my putting a lot the last couple of weeks,” said Mitchell. “I remember rooming with Stephan Jaeger in California, and he made me just do some putting drills. He says, you got to do this, do this, you need to work on it. I’m starting to make a lot more putts and still have room to make a lot more. So if we can just stick to that routine, I think it’s really showing, but it could show even more.”

 

Lovelady, like Mitchell, is trying to get on TOUR for the first time in his professional golf career. The 24-year-old from Mountain Brook, Ala. birdied five of the last seven holes to move into solo third. The 64 on Saturday matched his lowest third-round score of the season.

 

“Early on I kind of made a couple silly bogeys, but that’s just going to happen,” said Lovelady, who turned in 34. “I just kind of kept my foot on the gas and just kept giving myself putts and hitting a bunch of good shots.”

 

Lovelady, who lives in Jupiter has two roommates who have won Finals’ events in the past. Bud Cauley won the Hotel Fitness Championship in 2014, while Justin Thomas won the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship that same year. Lovelady didn’t ask either for advice on how to tackle the four-event series or the Scarlet Course and believes that’s played a part in his success this week.
“He told me to call him if I had any questions about the course,” said Lovelady, when asked whether he talked to Thomas before Thursday. “I kind of forgot to do that, so I’ve just been kind of all on my own and just having a lot of fun with it.”
Saturday Notes:

* Saturday weather: Rainy. High of 66. Wind SE 5-10 mph. High of 66.

* 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.

* Armour holds the lead or co-lead on the Web.com Tour for only the third time in his career and first time since 2011. The 2016 Panama Claro Championship winner finished T5 and T17 each of the two prior times he held a share of the 54-hole lead — 2011 Rex Hospital Open (T5) and 2006 Cox Classic (T17). He did hold a share of the 36-hole lead on the PGA TOUR two weeks ago at the Wyndham Championship on his way to a T4 finish with rounds of 72-64. This is the first time he’s ever held the solo lead on the Web.com Tour.

 *Armour’s key to success this week has been his driving accuracy and his scrambling, where he’s successfully gotten up and down 12 of 14 times. That scrambling percentage of 85.71% is tied with Jonathan Hodge for best in the field. He’s hit a field-best 36 of 42 fairways this week. He 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.

* Mitchell, who finished No. 26 on the Regular Season money list, entered the day with a two-shot lead but will trail by one entering the final round in solo second at 11-under 202. Mitchell posted six consecutive pars to open his round before reeling off birdies at Nos. 7, 10 and 11, but he dropped shots at No. 14 and 18 to fall one shot back of Armour. 

* Mitchell is tied with Scott Harrington for the field lead in greens in regulation after hitting 45 of 54 greens so far this week. 

* 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, a T6, and three additional top-20s. Griffin is in T4 entering the final round after rounds of 69-69-67—205 (-8).  

* Tom Lovelady fired the round of the day with a 7-under 64 to get within two shots of the lead after entering the day seven shots off of the lead. Lovelady is leading the field in putting average (1.571) and putts per round (26.00). Lovelady entered the week leading the TOUR in putting average (1.696) and fourth in putts per round (28.14). Lovelady’s roommate and former teammate at Alabama, Justin Thomas, won the 2014 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship.

* Brett 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 is in T4 entering the final round at the Scarlet Course after a third-round 67. In three starts at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, Stegmaier’s lone made cut (T57) came in 2014.

* Five-time PGA TOUR winner Ben Crane, who is making his first Web.com Tour start since 2001, enters the final round inside the top 10 in T9 after a third-round 67. Crane is looking to earn his way back to the TOUR, where he has played since 2002 with 383 career starts.

* Abraham Ancer briefly charged into the lead early in the third round after birdies on four of his first six holes to get to 10-under and tie Mitchell, but he played his last 12 holes in 4-over and is six shots back entering the final round after posting an even-par 71. He arrived in Ohio at No. 3 on the Tour money list, just $73,233 behind Brice Garnett. A solo second or better this week would place Ancer in first since Garnett missed the cut. He has recorded three runner-up performances in 20 starts this season.

* 2016 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship winner Grayson Murray entered the final round four shots back of the lead but posted a 3-under 68 for a one-shot victory over Cameron Smith. The last time the 54-hole leader went on to win was Justin Thomas in 2014, when he shot a final-round 1-under 70 and emerged in a playoff over Richard Sterne.

* Peter Uihlein is currently No. 12 in the European’s Tour Race to Dubai. Uihlein carded a 4-under 67 to jump into a tie for fourth entering the final round. In seven starts on the PGA TOUR this season, Uihlein has 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 with one prior made cut. In 2011, Uihlein recorded rounds of 69-67-70-68 for a 10-under-par score that placed him in a tie for ninth.  

* 2016 U.S. Amateur Champion Curtis Luck is in T21 entering the final round after a third-round 2-under 69.

* Seth Reeves, a Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada alum, played in the final group after entering the third round two shots back but posted a 2-over 73 and is six back entering the final round.

* Tee times for the third round were delayed an hour due to heavy rain.

* 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

*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

2015 PATIENT CHAMPION QUENTEN LOCKE

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

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

 

Second-Round Leaderboard

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FRIDAY NOTES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nationwide Social Booth

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

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

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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Registration open for the 2015 Women’s Board Junior Golf Classic

Event returns to the acclaimed Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University Golf Club on July 6

 

Columbus, Ohio – Registration for the 2015 Junior Golf Classic hosted by the Women’s Board of Nationwide Children’s Hospital is open online at http://www.ncc-golf.com/junior-golf-classic. The Junior Golf Classic, now celebrating its 23rd year, provides an opportunity for youths, ages nine to eighteen, to play golf and give back to their community by helping raise money for Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

 

The 2015 Women’s Board Junior Golf Classic will be played Monday, July 6 at The Ohio State University Golf Club and is open to male and female golfers who will not have reached their 19th birthday by July 5, 2015. The Boys division, age 15-18, will again compete on the Ohio State University – Scarlet Course (OSU Scarlet). The remainder of the field will compete on the Gray Course.

 

Age Divisions

 

BOYS        COURSE               TIMING – FORMAT

15 – 18     Scarlet Course     8:00 AM Shotgun

12 – 14     Gray Course         9:00 AM Shotgun

9 – 11       Gray Course         Tee Times from 11:30 AM

 

 

GIRLS       COURSE               TIMING – FORMAT

15 – 18     Gray Course         9:00 AM Shotgun

12 – 14     Gray Course         9:00 AM Shotgun

9 – 11       Gray Course         Tee Times from 11:30 AM

 

ENTRY FEE(S)

$125 for Boys ages 15 – 18

$75 for Boys ages 12 – 14 and Girls ages 12 – 18

$40 for Boys and Girls ages 9 – 11

*Breakfast & Lunch will be provided to each participant.

 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE

The registration deadline is Friday, June 26. Space is limited, so register today!

 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For additional information please call the tournament office at 614.764.GOLF or visit www.ncc-golf.com.

 

 

SPONSORSHIPS

For information on how to sponsor the Junior Golf Classic, please call the tournament office at 614.764.GOLF or email Randy Ford at rford@hnssports.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 in all 10 specialties on U.S.News & World Report’s 2013-14 “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” list, Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare networks providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s, also ranked among the Top 10 on Parents magazine’s 2013 “Best Children’s Hospitals” list, has a medical staff of 1,100 and 9,400 employees that provide state-of-the-art pediatric care for one million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. Nationwide Children’s remains true to the original mission since its founding in 1892 of providing care regardless of a family’s ability to pay. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.

 

ABOUT THE WEB.COM TOUR

Founded (1990), owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Web.Com Tour continues to identify those players who are ready to compete and win on golf’s biggest stage. In an historic 2013 season, the Web.com Tour became the path to the PGA TOUR with all 50 available PGA TOUR cards coming through the Web.com Tour and the season culminating at the four-event Web.com Tour Finals. Web.com became the Tour’s umbrella sponsor on June 27, 2012. A 10-year agreement (through 2021) is in place. The Tour enters its 25th year of competition in 2014. Three out of four PGA TOUR members are Web.com Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won 384 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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