Web.com Tour Wives give back through “Fill the Cart with Fun” Campaign – Enhanced Pros fore Patients program returns

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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 11 – 14. 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 Thursday, September 11 at 10 a.m. near the main admission tent at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship.

“It is truly wonderful to be in a position to help those in need, especially children and their families,” said Katherine Swafford, wife of PGA TOUR member Hudson Swafford, who is chairing this event on behalf of the Web.com Tour Wives. “Fill the Cart with Fun is a unique and uplifting program. We are incredibly thankful that our partnership with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship helps touch so many young lives and we are excited to start this year’s campaign with an additional boost of $1,500 to help supplement the items collected through Sunday’s final round.”

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 12 through Sunday, September 13. Fans will enjoy a sports bar atmosphere with drink specials for 15 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 2014 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. Fans can have their picture taken in front of a tournament themed background at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship Social Booth open Friday – Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. behind the 18th green. The pictures will be instantly available for fans to post on their social media channels directly from the booth. The Kids Autograph Zone presented by Nationwide Insurance will be open Thursday – Sunday and include a controlled space for kids to obtain autographs and a Fan Guide, featuring information on prominent players in the field, and Nationwide Insurance branded fine-point markers.

Other events of note at the 2014 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. The grand prize will be an iPad 2 and Germain Lexus of Dublin will supply a two-year lease of a Lexus, which will be determined by a putt-off of the four daily winners on Sunday, September 14 at 2:30 p.m. Graeter’s Ice Cream will be onsite Saturday, September 13, to give away free ice cream, compliments of Nationwide Insurance from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. next to the 18th green. The tournamentwill also offer a free pancake breakfast on Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 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 9 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 $3.4 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-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 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.




 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.



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.



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 390 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.



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.



Supporting children and their families is the mission of the PGA TOUR Wives Association. The PGA TOUR Wives Association is actively engaged in outreach, volunteer service projects and fundraising initiatives, which impact local communities throughout the year in cities that support PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour tournaments. Celebrating its 26th year in 2014, the PGA TOUR Wives Association is a Florida not-for-profit, IRS designated 501c(3) corporation, organized to render support and provide assistance to needy children and their families through the means of charitable events. Its members, individually and as a group, are dedicated to helping children and their families. For more information, visit their website www.pgatourwives.org.


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