Columbus, Ohio – Tournament officials announced today that the 12th playing of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, concluded August 26, 2018, at The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course, raised a total of $2,218,004 for central Ohio charitable organizations, including $2,104,254 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 12-year history of the Web.com Tour Finals event and the second 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 nearly $11.5 million in support of the hospital’s pediatric cancer program.
“Every year, our corporate sponsors as well as other local and national businesses continue to support this tournament and Nationwide Children’s Hospital at record-setting levels,” said Mike Boyd, senior vice president of Marketing for Nationwide and president of the Champions of the Community, the host organization for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. “We are truly grateful for the funds they provide and the time they dedicate to support the life-saving work being done by the doctors, nurses and staff at the hospital.”
“Clinicians and researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital are advancing the field of pediatric cancer treatment and this is only possible with the support of our philanthropic partners,” said Steve Allen, MD, CEO, Nationwide Children’s Hospital. “The commitment of Nationwide, the Web.com Tour, The Ohio State University Department of Athletics and countless volunteers allows us to care for young cancer patients now, and to make discoveries that will help families in the years to come.”
The tournament’s commitment to Nationwide Children’s Hospital was ensured through 2021 when in August 2017, a three-year extension of the agreement between the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship and the PGA TOUR was announced that preserves the tournament as a Web.com Tour Finals event. Additionally, a three-year agreement with The Ohio State University Golf Club was announced, confirming the Scarlet Course will continue to host the tournament.
The 2018 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will be held August 12–18 at The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course and once again be the first of three stops in the Web.com Tour Finals.
“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 is truly inspiring and we are incredibly thankful to all who graciously donate their time to support and help raise funds for charitable organizations in central Ohio. We are also excited to be able to once again kickoff the Web.com Tour Finals in Columbus. This community has some of the best golf fans on Tour and the tournament’s position in the playoff order insures that they will be treated to the best field of the year on the Web.com Tour 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.
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 managed by HNS Sports Group and is one of three Web.com Tour Finals tournaments that will determine the 50 players who earn PGA TOUR playing privileges for the 2019-2020 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 2018-19 list of “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 nearly 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.4 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. 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. Web.com became the Tour’s umbrella sponsor on June 27, 2012, with a 10-year agreement in place through 2021. 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. This season marks the 29th year of competition on the Web.com Tour. Three out of four PGA TOUR members are Web.com Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won more than 500 PGA TOUR titles, including 23 major championships and eight PLAYERS Championships. To learn more about the PGA TOUR, the Web.com Tour and to follow the season-long quest for a PGA TOUR card, visit PGATOUR.COM, or follow the Tour on social media via Twitter (@WebDotComTour), Facebook (facebook.com/WebDotComTour) and Instagram (Instagram.com/WebDotComTour).
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.
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.
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