Tournament officials announced today that the 10th playing of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, held September 19-25, 2016 at The Ohio State University Golf Club - Scarlet Course, raised a total of $1,723,105 for central Ohio charitable organizations, including $1,604,500 for pediatric cancer research and treatment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The total marks the largest amount raised by the tournament for the hospital in the 10-year history of the Web.com Tour Finals event – the third consecutive year such a historic mark has been achieved. Since its inception in 2007 the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship has donated a total of over $7.3 million in support of the hospital’s pediatric cancer program.
“For the third straight year, we’ve been able to raise more than $1 million for our single-season giving total to Nationwide Children’s Hospital through this tournament,” said Terrance Williams, Chairman of the Board of the tournament’s host organization, Champions of the Community. “We’re truly grateful for the generosity of our corporate sponsors, whose support is critical to our success. Also, we extend our gratitude to our dedicated volunteers, central Ohio golf fans and the membership and staff at The Ohio State University Golf Club who continue to support the tournament each year.”
“During the past decade, the pediatric cancer program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital has benefitted from the immense generosity from Nationwide, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship tournament staff and volunteers, the Web.com Tour and The Ohio State University Golf Club,” said Steve Allen, MD, Chief Executive Officer of Nationwide Children’s. “The patients, families and staff at Nationwide Children’s are grateful for the unrelenting support and kind corporate and community pledge that is significant in helping Nationwide Children’s Hospital realize its mission of helping children everywhere regardless of a family’s ability to pay.”
On September 23, 2015 a three-year extension of the agreement between the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship and the PGA TOUR was announced that insures the tournament will continue as a Web.com Tour Finals event through 2018. Additionally, a three-year agreement with The Ohio State University Golf Club was announced, confirming the Scarlet Course will continue to host the tournament. An option for an additional three years was included within both agreements.
In 2017, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will become the first of four stops in the Web.com Tour Finals and be held August 28 – September 3 at The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course. The tournament was previously the third of four stops, a position it held since the Web.com Tour instituted the playoff system in 2013.
“We’re excited to be in a position to kickoff the 2017 Finals in Columbus,” said Tournament Director Kip McBride. “Central Ohio has some of the best golf fans on Tour and the tournament’s new place in the playoff order insures that they will be treated to the best field of the year on the Web.com Tour next August.”
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 2016-2017 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
Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-17 list of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare systems 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 staff of more than 11,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.2 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. Three out of four PGA TOUR members are Web.com Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won 452 PGA TOUR titles, including 22 majors and six PLAYERS Championships. The PGA TOUR, through the efforts of its tours and their tournaments, sponsors, players and volunteers, surpassed $2.3 billion in charitable giving through 2015. 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.