Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship returns to Columbus

From left to right: Dr. Steve Allen, CEO of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, 2015 NCHC winner Andrew Loupe, and VP of Marketing for Nationwide, Rich Foster

Over the past eight years, Central Ohio golf fans have seen some of the greatest golfers in the game play at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championships. While fans have watched former Tour players Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, and Dustin Johnson face the test that is the Ohio State University Scarlet Course, they’ve also helped fund leading edge pediatric cancer research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Up and coming players on the tour returned to the Scarlet Course to compete in the 9th annual Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship in the hopes of securing a spot on the PGA TOUR next season.

“This is a great event for area golf fans for two reasons,” said Rich Foster, president of the tournament and vice-president of Marketing at Nationwide. “They get to see the future stars of the PGA TOUR play in their backyard, and they help raise much needed funds for Nationwide Children’s Hospital.”

Nationwide associates continue to play a big part in making the tournament a success. More than 300 Nationwiders volunteered at this year’s tournament, ensuring that players and fans alike would enjoy their experience at the Scarlet Course. The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship has been such a successful part of the Tour Finals that earlier in the week tournament officials announced that the Scarlet Course will remain the tournament site until at least 2018.

The players didn’t disappoint golf fans who attended the tournament, Andrew Loupe fired five under par to win the event, but the real winners are the patients of Nationwide Children’s Hospital. This year’s tournament is expected to break last year’s record donation of $1 million. Since its inception in 2007, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship has donated a total of $4.5 million in support of the hospital’s pediatric cancer program.

Nationwide’s sports sponsorship events have raised almost $15 million for the hospital over the past five years. In 2015, Nationwide hopes to raise more than $4 million through sports sponsorship events like the Memorial, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon and ½ Marathon, and the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship.