Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship announces player commitments for 2015 field

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Columbus, Ohio – At 5:40 p.m. EDT Tournament Officials announced the 131 player blended field of PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour players who are eligible and have committed to compete in the 2015 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. The following players finished 126-200 on the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup points list or within the top-75 money winners on the Web.com Tour and will play in the third of four Web.com Tour Finals events being hosted September 24-27 at The Ohio State University Golf Club in Columbus, OH.

 

The current field of competitors for Columbus is highlighted by a number of past winners on the PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour, collectively representing 49 TOUR victories and 101 Web.com Tour titles. That list features: Stuart Appleby, Aaron Baddeley, Ricky Barnes, Jonathan Byrd, 2009 U.S. Open Champion Lucas Glover, Rod Pampling and Tim Petrovic.

 

 

The field includes the following players:

 

Adams, Blake (Med)

Aiken, Thomas (N-M)

Aldridge, Tyler

Alker, Steve

Allan, Steve

Allenby, Robert

Allred, Jason

Ancer, Abraham

Appleby, Stuart (Med)

Aragon, Alex

Armour, Ryan

Arnaud, Michael

Axley, Eric

Baddeley, Aaron

Baek, Todd

Barlow, Craig

Barnes, Ricky

Bertoni, Travis

Bertsch, Shane

Blaum, Ryan

Burgoon, Bronson

Byrd, Jonathan

Carballo, Miguel Angel

Castro, Roberto

Chalmers, Greg

Cochran, Rick III

Cook, Austin (N-M)

Dahmen, Joel

Davidson, Matt

Davis, Brian

Duncan, Tyler

Eason, Greg

Elder, Brad

Ernst, Derek

Etulain, Julian

Fast, Matt

Fathauer, Derek

Fernandez-Castano, Gonzalo

Fernandez-Valdes, Jorge

Fischer, Zack

Flores, Martin

Fraustro, Oscar

Fritsch, Brad

Gainey, Tommy

Garnett, Brice

Garrigus, Robert

Gibson, Rhein

Gillis, Tom

Glover, Lucas

Goggin, Mathew

Goss, Oliver

Gribble, Cody

Grillo, Emiliano (N-M)

Guthrie, Luke

Harrington, Scott

Herron, Tim

Hicks, Justin (Med)

Hoge, Tom

Homa, Max

Hubbard, Mark

Hurley, Billy III

Iwata, Hiroshi (N-M)

Kang, Sung

Kaufman, Smylie

Kim, Michael

Kim, Si Woo

Kizzire, Patton

Kraft, Kelly

Lahiri, Anirban (N-M)

Landry, Andrew

Langley, Scott

Lee, Dong-hwan

Lee, Lucas

Lee, Richard H. (Med)

Li, Hao Tong

Lindheim, Nicholas

List, Luke

Long, Adam

Loupe, Andrew

Lovemark, Jamie

Lunde, Bill

Madigan, Timothy

Mallinger, John

Malnati, Peter

Marino, Steve

Merrick, John

Mullinax, Trey

Norlander, Henrik

Oppenheim, Rob

Pampling, Rod

Park, Jin

Percy, Cameron

Petrovic, Tim

Piller, Martin

Points, D.A.

Power, Seamus

Prugh, Alex

Putnam, Andrew

Putnam, Michael

Randolph, Jonathan

Reavie, Chez

Ridings, Tag

Roach, Wes

Rollins, John

Saunders, Sam

Siem, Marcel (N-M)

Sloan, Roger

Smith, Chris

Spears, Ryan

Stanley, Kyle

Stegmaier, Brett

Stiles, Darron

Stuard, Brian

Svoboda, Andrew

Taylor, Vaughn

Thatcher, Roland

Thompson, Curtis

Thompson, Kyle

Thompson, Michael

Thompson, Nicholas

Tomasulo, Peter

Tway, Kevin

Van Aswegen, Tyrone

van der Walt, Dawie

Varner, Harold III

Vegas, Jhonattan

Watkins, Aaron

Wilkinson, Tim

Winings, Andy

Wright, Chase

Yun, Andrew


Notes:

  • Web.com Tour players Nos. 1-75 are in bold. PGA TOUR players Nos. 126-200 are unbolded. Those in italics are either non-members who earned enough equivalent FedExCup points to finish 126-200 (N-M) or PGA TOUR players with medical exemptions (Med) as noted.
  • Field size is 131 players as of 5:15 p.m. ET, Friday, Sept. 18th.

 

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

 

The top-25 from the Web.com Tour Regular Season have already secured their TOUR cards and will carry their earnings into the Finals. The order of priority for all 50 cards will be determined at the conclusion of the Finals.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The field for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will compete over 72 holes of stroke play, with a cut to the top-60 players and ties after 36 holes. Golf Channel will broadcast tournament coverage from Thursday’s opening round to the trophy presentation on Sunday in high definition.

 

Tickets for the 2015 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship are available to the general public. The cost for one Any Day ticket, valid for any single day grounds admission Thursday – Sunday, is $10. A Weekly Ticket, providing admission to the tournament grounds Thursday – Sunday, is available at a cost of $30 per ticket. Practice rounds, Monday – Wednesday, including Wednesday’s Official Pro-am, are open to the public free of charge. Kids 16 years of age and under receive free admission all week with a ticketed adult. The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship’s Charity Ticket Program, now entering its eighth year, allows for 100 percent of the revenue from ticket sales to the benefit participating charity organizations. For a list of participating charities or to purchase tickets please visit www.ncc-golf.com.

 

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

 

ABOUT THE NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CHAMPIONSHIP

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship is owned and operated by Champions of the Community, Inc., an Ohio non-profit corporation. The event is one of four Web.com Tour Finals tournaments that will determine the 50 players who earn PGA TOUR playing privileges for the 2014-2015 season and their eligibility position under the TOUR’s enhanced qualifying system. Featuring a purse of $1,000,000 the tournament is conducted to showcase the best golf on the Web.com Tour on one of the most challenging venues in the world, The Ohio State University – Scarlet Course, for the enjoyment of spectators and to benefit charitable organizations in central Ohio. For more information, call 614-764-GOLF or visit our website at www.ncc-golf.com.

 

ABOUT NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

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

 

ABOUT THE WEB.COM TOUR

Founded (1990), owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Web.Com Tour continues to identify those players who are ready to compete and win on golf’s biggest stage. In 2013, the Web.com Tour became The Path to the PGA TOUR with all 50 available PGA TOUR cards coming through the Web.com Tour and the season culminating at the four-event Web.com Tour Finals. Web.com became the Tour’s umbrella sponsor on June 27, 2012. A 10-year agreement (through 2021) is in place. The Tour completed its 25th year of competition in 2014. Three out of four PGA TOUR members are Web.com Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won 418 PGA TOUR titles, including 21 majors and five PLAYERS Championships. The PGA TOUR, through the efforts of its tours and their tournaments, sponsors, players and volunteers, surpassed $2 billion in charitable giving in Jan. 2014. To learn more about the PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour and to follow the season-long quest for a PGA TOUR card, visit PGATOUR.COM, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

 

ABOUT THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT

The Ohio State University Department of Athletics is completely self supporting and receives no university monies, tax dollars or student fees. The Department of Athletics sponsors 36 fully funded varsity teams – 17 for women, 16 for men and three that are co-educational – and is committed to providing the very finest in academic and athletics support in an effort to provide its more than 1,000 student-athletes with a quality, life-changing experience at Ohio State.

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