Preliminary field announced for ninth annual Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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


PGA TOUR FedExCup List 126 – 200

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

 

 

Web.com Tour Money List Top 75

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

 

 

NOTE:

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

The ordering of all 50 players after the Web.com Tour Finals will be done on an alternating basis, beginning with the No. 1 player from the combined Regular Season and Finals money list and followed by the leading money winner from the four Web.com Tour Finals. The sequence then alternates between the combined Regular Season and Finals money list (3, 5, 7, 9, etc.) and the Web.com Tour Finals money list (4, 6, 8, 10, etc.) through the 25th player on both lists.

 

As of 2013, all 50 PGA TOUR cards come through the Web.com Tour. Previously, 25 cards were awarded to the leading money winners on the Web.com Tour at season’s end and 25 more cards via the PGA TOUR Qualifying School in December. The PGA TOUR Qualifying School is no longer in existence, having been replaced by the Web.com Tour Qualifying School, which provides a first step on the path to the PGA TOUR.

 

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

 

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

 

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

The field for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will compete over 72 holes of stroke play, with a cut to the top-60 players and ties after 36 holes. Golf Channel will broadcast tournament coverage from Thursday’s opening round to the trophy presentation on Sunday in high definition. Tickets for the 2015 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship are available to the general public. The cost for one Any Day ticket, valid for any single day grounds admission Thursday – Sunday, is $10. A Weekly Ticket, providing admission to the tournament grounds Thursday – Sunday, is available at a cost of $30 per ticket. Practice rounds, Monday – Wednesday, including Wednesday’s Official Pro-am, are open to the public free of charge. Kids 16 years of age and under receive free admission all week with a ticketed adult. The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship’s Charity Ticket Program, now entering its eighth year, allows for 100 percent of the revenue from ticket sales to the benefit participating charity organizations. For a list of participating charities or to purchase tickets please visit www.ncc-golf.com.

 

For questions concerning ticket availability, how to become a volunteer and general Tournament information, please visit www.ncc-golf.com or call (614) 764-GOLF. Stay connected with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship on Twitter @NCHC_Golf and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NationwideChildrensChampionship.

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