2019 check presentation to Nationwide Children’s Hospital – pictured left to right: Board members Alex Fischer (Columbus Partnership), Kyle Rooney (Turner Construction), Tom Feeney (Safelite AutoGlass), Tim Robinson (Nationwide Children’s Hospital), Kirt Walker (Nationwide), John Carter (Nationwide), and President of Champions of the Community Mike Boyd (Nationwide)
Columbus, Ohio – Tournament officials announced today that the 13th playing of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, concluded August 18, 2019, at The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course, raised a total of $2,437,194 for central Ohio charitable organizations, including $2,305,854 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 13-year history of the Korn Ferry Tour Finals event and the third 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 $13.8 million in support of the hospital’s pediatric cancer program.
“It’s inspiring to see the level of support our local, national and corporate business partners provide to this tournament year-after-year,” 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. “Their unwavering generosity is what makes this event such a successful fundraising endeavor for Nationwide Children’s Hospital and for that, we are truly grateful.”
“Nationwide Children’s continues to be a national leader in pediatric cancer care thanks to the charitable spirit of Nationwide, the Korn Ferry Tour, The Ohio State University Department of Athletics and all of the volunteers who contribute to this fantastic event,” said Tim Robinson, CEO, Nationwide Children’s Hospital. “Another record-setting year of donations is an incredible achievement and we are extremely grateful for the generosity of our philanthropic partners who support the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship.”
The tournament’s commitment to Nationwide Children’s Hospital was ensured through 2021, when in August 2017, a three-year extension of the existing agreement between the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship and the PGA TOUR was announced that preserves the tournament as a Korn Ferry 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 2020 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will be held August 17-23 at The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course and will be the second of three stops in the Korn Ferry 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, effort and resources to help us raise funds for charitable organizations in central Ohio. Even as we celebrate this year’s success, we have an eye towards next year and are excited to continue our mission to grow the tournament. 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 best fields of the year on the Korn Ferry 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 one of three Korn Ferry 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 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 NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care 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 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.5 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 Abigail Wexner 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 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 30th 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.
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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