Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship announces player commitments for 2014 field

Columbus, Ohio – At 6:15 p.m. EDT Tournament Officials announced the blended field of PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour players who are eligible and committed to compete in the 2014 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 have committed to play in the third of four Web.com Tour Finals events being hosted September 11-14 at The Ohio State University Golf Club in Columbus, OH.

The current field of competitors for Columbus is highlighted by a number of past winners on the PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour, collectively representing 60 TOUR victories and 106 Web.com Tour titles. That list features: Jonathan Byrd, Chad Campbell, 2003 Open Championship winner Ben Curtis, 2008 Masters Champion Trevor Immelman, Sean O’Hair, Rod Pampling, Tim Petrovic, Heath Slocum and 2009 PGA Championship winner Y.E. Yang.

 

Allan, Steve Davidson, Matt Imada, Ryuji Pampling, Rod Sterne, Richard
Allred, Jason Driscoll, James Immelman, Trevor Park, Sung Joon Stiles, Darron
Alvarado, Benjamen Durant, Joe Jobe, Brandt Percy, Cameron Sucher, Zack
Armour, Ryan Fathauer, Derek Johnson, Richard S. Peterson, John Swafford, Hudson
Axley, Eric Finau, Tony Kang, Sung Petrovic, Tim Taylor, Nick
Barber, Blayne Fraustro, Oscar Kelly, Troy Piller, Martin Taylor, Vaughn
Berger, Daniel Frazar, Harrison Kim, Michael Pinckney, Scott Teater, Josh
Bertoni, Travis Fritsch, Brad Kim, Whee Presnell, Alistair Thatcher, Roland
Bertsch, Shane Gainey, Tommy Kraft, Kelly Price, Aron Thomas, Justin
Blair, Zac Gardiner, Scott La’Cassie, Bronson Pride, Dicky Tomasulo, Peter
Blanks, Kris Gillis, Tom LaBelle II, Doug Prugh, Alex Tway, Kevin
Blaum, Ryan Goggin, Mathew Lee, D.H. Putnam, Andrew Tyler, Nathan
Burgoon, Bronson Gonzales, Andres Lee, Richard H. Randolph, Jonathan Van Aswegen, Tyrone
Byrd, Jonathan Gore, Jason Levin, Spencer Reavie, Chez van der Walt, Dawie
Campbell, Chad Grace, Branden Lingmerth, David Reifers, Kyle Varner III, Harold
Cappelen, Sebastian Haas, Hunter Loupe, Andrew Ridings, Tag Villegas, Manuel
Carballo, Miguel Angel Hadwin, Adam Lovemark, Jamie Roach, Wes Wagner, Johnson
Castro, Roberto Hall, Ashley Lunde, Bill Rodgers, Patrick Watkins, Aaron
Cejka, Alex Hart, Dudley Mallinger, John Rollins, John Weibring, Matt
Chalmers, Greg Hend, Scott Malnati, Peter Sainz Jr, Carlos Wheatcroft, Steve
Christian, Gary Henry, J.J. Marino, Steve Saunders, Sam Wi, Charlie
Collins, Chad Herman, Jim Matteson, Troy Sloan, Roger Wilcox, Will
Crawford, Adam Herron, Tim Nitties, James Slocum, Heath Wilson, Chris
Curl, Jeff Hoge, Tom Norlander, Henrik Smith, Byron Wittenberg, Casey
Curran, Jon Homa, Max O’Hair, Sean Stanley, Kyle Wright, Chase
Curtis, Ben Hubbard, Mark Ortiz, Carlos Stegmaier, Brett Yang, Y.E.

 

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will play a pivotal role in determining who will earn PGA TOUR membership for 2014-2015 season. As The Path to the PGA TOUR, the Web.com Tour awards 50 PGA TOUR cards for the upcoming season.

Twenty-five cards will be awarded to those players who earn the most cumulative money in the four-event Finals.

An additional 25 cards were previously awarded to the top-25 money winners during the 21-event Web.com Tour Regular Season, which concluded on Aug. 24th in Portland, Ore. Their order of priority on the PGA TOUR will be determined at the conclusion of the Finals based on their combined Regular Season and Finals earnings, thus any player who performs well in the four Finals events stands a chance of earning the coveted No. 1 position.

The leading money winner on both the combined Regular Season and Finals money lists and the leading money winner on the four-event Finals money list will be fully exempt on the PGA TOUR next season and receive an invitation to the 2015 PLAYERS Championship.

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.

Last year, for the first time, all 50 PGA TOUR cards came 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.

Tickets for the 2014 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 $90 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 seventh 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 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 389 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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