Columbus, Ohio – Tournament officials announced today that the 14th playing of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, concluded August 23, 2020, at The Ohio State University Golf Club - Scarlet Course, raised a total of $2,670,000 for central Ohio charitable organizations, including $2,500,000 for pediatric cancer research and treatment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The total marks the largest single-season charitable donation raised for the hospital in the 14-year history of the Korn Ferry Tour Finals event and the fourth consecutive time the $2 million mark has been exceeded. Since its inception in 2007 the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship has donated a total of over $16.2 million in support of the hospital’s pediatric cancer program.
“The commitment that our sponsors provide year after year never disappoints,” said John Carter, president and chief operating officer for Nationwide Financial and president of the Champions of the Community, the host organization for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. “Their unwavering generosity was on full display in 2020 as they went above and beyond to support the tournament and Hospital despite the unprecedented times that led to a condensed pro-am schedule and competition rounds conducted without fans. We are truly grateful for their continued partnership.”
“In a year of such uncertainty, we are humbled by the donation made through the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship to our pediatric cancer program,” said Tim Robinson, CEO, Nationwide Children’s Hospital. “We are making incredible strides in pediatric cancer care thanks to the charitable spirit of tournament’s partners, the Korn Ferry Tour, The Ohio State University Department of Athletics and all of the volunteers who contribute to this fantastic event. Whether it is personalizing a child’s treatment by way of genomics, using a child’s immune system to help fight their cancer, or helping physicians and scientists better manage a patient’s sickle cell disease, these are just a few examples of how these dollars are making a true impact on the care we can provide to our patients. We are extremely grateful for the generosity and support that has led to another record-setting year of donations from the tournament."
The 2021 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will be held August 23-29 at The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course and will be the second of three stops in the Korn Ferry Tour Finals.
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.
“On behalf of HNS Sports Group and our tournament staff, I would like to thank our partners, volunteers and The Ohio State University Golf Club,” said Tournament Director Kip McBride. “The level of support provided to this tournament during these trying times is truly inspiring and we are incredibly thankful to all who graciously donated their time, effort and resources to help us raise funds for charitable organizations in central Ohio. This has been a challenging year in so many ways, and to still be in a position to provide critical dollars to charitable causes in our community is a testament to the philanthropic spirit of this event. And as we turn a hopeful eye toward 2021, we are excited to continue our mission to grow the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. This community has some of the best golf fans on Tour and the tournament’s status as a playoff event ensures that they will be treated to one of the top Korn Ferry Tour fields of the year next August.”
For information concerning tickets, how to become a volunteer, and general tournament news, please call (614) 764-GOLF or visit www.ncc-golf.com. Stay connected with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship on Twitter @NCHC_Golf, on Instagram at NCHCGolf, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NationwideChildrensChampionship.
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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 three Korn Ferry Tour Finals tournaments that will determine the 50 players who earn PGA TOUR playing privileges for the 2020-2021 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 Korn Ferry 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 KORN FERRY TOUR
Founded (1990), owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Korn Ferry Tour identifies and develops those players who are ready to compete and win on golf’s biggest stage. In 2013, the Korn Ferry Tour became The Path to the PGA TOUR with all 50 available PGA TOUR cards coming through the Tour and the season culminating at the Korn Ferry Tour Finals. This season marks the 31st year of competition on the Korn Ferry Tour. Three out of four PGA TOUR members are Korn Ferry Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won more than 500 PGA TOUR titles, including 24 major championships and eight PLAYERS Championships. To learn more about the PGA TOUR, the Korn Ferry Tour and to follow the season-long quest for a PGA TOUR card, visit PGATOUR.COM, or follow the Tour on social media via Instagram (@KornFerryTour), Twitter (@KornFerryTour) and Facebook (facebook.com/KornFerryTour).
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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ABOUT HNS SPORTS GROUP
HNS Sports Group is a Dublin, Ohio-based LLC founded in 2000. The company offers over 125-plus years of collective experience and is committed to providing professional, efficient and effective client representation in the categories of sponsorship consultation, event management, hospitality management, sales representation and tournament operation within the golf market. To learn more about HNS Sports Group, visit www.hnssports.com.