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Nationwide Children’s Championship announces annual ceremonial first tee shot for Thursday morning at 7:15 am

Columbus, Ohio – Tournament Officials announced today the 11th annual ceremonial first tee shot, named First Shot to Fight Cancer. The shot will mark the beginning of tournament competition for the 2017 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship at The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course. TheFirst Shot to Fight Cancer ceremony will begin at 7:15 a.m. on Thursday, August 31, immediately prior to the tournament’s first starting time. Professional tee times for Thursday and Friday start at 7:30 a.m. on tee Nos. 1 and 10.


Hitting the First Shot to Fight Cancer at the 2017 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will be, “Patient Champion”, 14-year-old Jack Willis of Lewis Center, Ohio. Jack’s story began when he was 13 years old, shortly after having his tonsils removed. Normally an athletic, lively kid, Jack wasn’t eating or drinking and lacked any energy to walk or move. All he ever wanted to do was sleep for hours and hours. Something was wrong.


After a blood test, Jack was taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital where he received his diagnosis; Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).


The Willis family’s worst fear was confirmed. Jack had cancer.


He began his first round of chemotherapy right away and struggled with sickness. The first three weeks Jack wasn’t allowed out of his room at all due to fevers and couldn’t leave the inpatient floor with his weakened immune system. It was during this time that Jack really got to know the nursing staff, therapists and doctors at Nationwide Children’s who would become his second family.


After enduring six long months of treatment, Jack was released from the hospital in August 2015.


“Nationwide Children’s Hospital will always have a special place in my heart. The people mean so much to me. Everyone is very honest and caring. It was a safe place. I’ve made so many friends there, the staff and other families going through the same thing. Even to this day, I look forward to going to the hospital for checkups just to see my doctors, nurses and therapists,” says Jack.


This month, Jack celebrates his second year out of the hospital with no signs of disease.


Today, Jack is thriving. He just started the 9th grade at Olentangy High School. He loves playing lacrosse and golf and watching OSU football and the Columbus Blue Jackets. Jack enjoys spending time with his family, friends and dog, Brutus.



WHO: Jack Willis and family, Tour and PGA TOUR Professionals, Nationwide Children’s Hospital representatives, tournament officials, volunteers and fans.

WHAT: The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship’s First Shot to Fight Cancer is the manner by which the tournament annually begins its professional competition. It is a tradition that helps boost the spirits of all patients being treated for cancer and brings hope to the countless families affected by the disease. It also serves as a reminder of the most important reason the tournament is staged.


WHERE: The first tee box at The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course

3605 Tremont Road, Columbus, OH  43221

WHEN: Thursday, August 31, 2017 / 7:15 a.m.




Field is set for 2017 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship at OSU’s Scarlet Golf Course

Columbus, Ohio – At 6:00 p.m. EDT Tournament Officials announced the 133 player blended field of PGA TOUR and Tour players who are eligible and have committed to compete in the 2017 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. The following players finished 126-200 on the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup points list or within the top-75 money winners on the Tour and will play in the first of four Tour Finals events being hosted August 31 – September 3 at The Ohio State University Golf Club in Columbus, OH.

The current field of competitors for Columbus is highlighted by a number of past winners on the PGA TOUR, Tour and internationally, collectively representing 52 TOUR victories, 100 Tour wins and 117 international titles.

The field includes the following players:

Adams, Blake
Albertson, Anders

Alker, Steven
Ancer, Abraham
Anderson, Mark
Appleby, Stuart
Armour, Ryan
Arnold, Jamie
Atkins, Matt
Axley, Eric
Baker, Chris

Barnes, Ricky
Beljan, Charlie (Med)
Blaauw, Jacques
Blair, Zac
Brehm, Ryan
Burgoon, Bronson (Med)
Byrd, Jonathan
Campbell, Brian
Campos, Rafael
Castro, Roberto
Cejka, Alex
Chin, John
Collins, Chad
Conners, Corey
Cook, Austin
Covello, Vince

Crane, Ben
Curran, Jon (Med)
Dahmen, Joel
Davis, Brian (Med)
Díaz, Roberto
Drewitt, Brett
Duke, Ken
Duncan, Tyler
Ernst, Derek

Etulain, Julián
Fdez-Castaño, Gonzalo
Garnett, Brice
Gibson, Rhein

Gonzales, Andres
Gooch, Talor
Gore, Jason
Griffin, Lanto
Gunn, Jimmy
Guthrie, Luke
Gutschewski, Scott
Hadley, Chesson
Harkins, Brandon
Harmon, Matt
Harrington, Scott

Hend, Scott (N-M)
Hodge, Jonathan
Hoge, Tom
Hossler, Beau
Hubbard, Mark
Hueber, Justin
Ishikawa, Ryo
Jaeger, Stephan
Johnson, Michael

Jones, Matt
Kennerly, Billy
Kohles, Ben

Lamb, Rick
Landry, Andrew
Langley, Scott
Lashley, Nate
Lee, D.H.
Lee, Kyoung-Hoon

Levin, Spencer
Lindheim, Nicholas
Long, Adam
Loupe, Andrew
Lovelady, Tom
Luck, Curtis (N-M)
Lunde, Bill
MacKenzie, Will
Mahan, Hunter
McCarthy, Denny
Merritt, Troy
Mitchell, Keith
Moore, Taylor

Mullinax, Trey
Muñoz, Sebastián
Norlander, Henrik (N-M)
Núñez, Augusto
Oppenheim, Rob
Ortiz, Carlos

Owen, Greg
Park, Jin
Park, S.J. (Med)
Percy, Cameron
Pereira, Mito
Peterson, John
Piller, Martin
Poston, J.T.
Potter, Jr., Ted
Power, Seamus
Pride, Dicky
Prugh, Alex
Putnam, Andrew
Randolph, Jonathan
Reeves, Seth
Reifers, Kyle
Ridings, Tag
Roach, Wes
Romero, Andres
Ryder, Sam
Saunders, Sam
Schenk, Adam
Shindler, Conrad
Silverman, Ben
Skinns, David
Sloan, Roger
Southgate, Matthew (N-M)
Stefani, Shawn
Stegmaier, Brett
Straka, Sepp
Summerhays, Daniel
Svensson, Adam
Teater, Josh
Thompson, Kyle
Thompson, Michael
Thompson, Nicholas
Tracy, Ethan
Tringale, Cameron
Uihlein, Peter (N-M)
Wagner, Johnson
Wheatcroft, Steve
Wilcox, Willy (Med)
Wilkinson, Tim
Wittenberg, Casey
Yun, Andrew

1) Tour players Nos. 1-75 are in bold. PGA TOUR players Nos. 126-200 are unbolded. Those in italics are either non-members who earned enough equivalent FedExCup points to finish 126-200 (N-M) or PGA TOUR players with medical exemptions (Med) as noted.

2) Field size is 133 players as of 5:00 p.m. ET, Monday, August 28, 2017.

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will play a pivotal role in determining who will earn PGA TOUR membership for 2017-2018 season. At the end of the four Finals events, a second set of PGA TOUR cards will be awarded to those players who earn the most cumulative money in the four Finals events.

The top-25 from the Tour Regular Season have already secured their TOUR cards and will carry their earnings into the Finals. The order of priority for all 50 cards will be determined at the conclusion of the Finals.

The exempt players from the Tour Regular Season top 25 will be identified at the conclusion of the four Finals events, using combined Regular Season and Finals money. Therefore, any top-25 player can earn the coveted No. 1 position if he performs well enough in the four Finals events. A second full exemption will be awarded to the highest cumulative earner among the four Finals events, if different from the No. 1 player among the Top 25.

The ordering of all 50 players after the Tour Finals will be done on an alternating basis, beginning with the No. 1 player from the combined Regular Season and Finals money list and followed by the leading money winner from the four Tour Finals. The sequence then alternates between the combined Regular Season and Finals money list (3, 5, 7, 9, etc.) and the Tour Finals money list (4, 6, 8, 10, etc.) through the 25th player on both lists.

Since 2013, all 50 PGA TOUR cards have come through the Tour. Previously, 25 cards were awarded to the leading money winners on the Tour at season’s end and 25 more cards via the PGA TOUR Qualifying School in December. The PGA TOUR Qualifying School is no longer in existence, having been replaced by the Tour Qualifying School, which provides a first step on the path to the PGA TOUR.

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.

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship raised a total of $1,723,105 for charitable organizations last year, including $1,604,500 for pediatric cancer research and treatment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The total marked the largest single-season charitable donation raised by the tournament for the hospital in the history of the Tour Finals event. 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.

General admission for this award winning stop on the Tour is free. For details and to print free tickets the public may visit

For Tournament information please visit or call (614) 764-GOLF. Stay connected with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship on Twitter (@NCHC_Golf), Instagram (@NCHCGolf) and Facebook (




NFL Foundation matches Hurricane Harvey relief donation by Texans’ owner Robert McNair

Robert McNair (courtesy Houston Texans)

The NFL Foundation will match Mr. McNair and the Houston Texans’ $1 million contribution to the United Way Relief Fund to address the immediate needs of those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The total $2 million contribution will support first response efforts by the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and the United Way of Greater Houston. Our thoughts are with the Houston community during this difficult time and we encourage fans to text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey relief.




”1ST & GOAL” Inaugural broadcast on Eastmoor Academy shows they may not be rebuilding in Week 1 rout of Franklin Heights, 46-19




46-19 Eastmoor


A surprising score since last year’s game was closely played and won 26-20 by Franklin Heights.

Both teams have talent, but only return 3 starters each on each side of the ball

Eastmoor has a lot more depth, speed and is more talented

Both teams made the playoffs last year

FRANKLIN HEIGHTS was 10-2, 4-1 in the OCC Capital Division finishing 2nd to 5-0 New Albany

EASTMOOR was 8-3, 7-0 in the City League South Divison

Eastmoor averaged 36.6 ppg and looks like they will do it again.

Franklin Heights will play at Harvest Prep this week and host Arch-rival Briggs in Week 3. The two schools are on 1.5 miles or 4 minutes away from each other. Briggs is on Briggs Road which dead ends into Demorest Road and Franklin Heights High School.

Eastmoor will be on the road for the next 4 weeks. At Lima Senior next week, Westerville Central in Week 3, At South in the City League opener in Week 4.


Eastmoor going 6 deep at running back and gaining 315 yards was too much for the Falcons. Savon Edwards Jr. our MEGA PAWN SHOP PLAYER OF THE GAME, ran for 145 yards on 17 carries and 3 touchdowns.

The Falcons’ Cody Little, who plays QB and is a KR, ran for 98 yards and 2 scores, one was an electrifying 78-yard TD dash down the left sideline that had the entire crowd in ARCHIE GRIFFIN STADIUM applauding.

Little’s teammate, Jacob Slark, had a great game at WR, making 4 catches for 125 yards.

Eastmoor put the game away with 22 points in the 2nd quarter for a 28-7 halftime advantage.

Eastmoor has a junior-laden team with 22 Juniors. There are only 5 Seniors.


The Falcons won the toss and deferred. They tried to take advantage of being on the road and Eastmoor’s inexperienced team by squib kicking the opening kickoff. It almost worked. The ball road around a bit before the Warriors finally corraled it. I know head coach James Miranda breathed a sigh of relief on that.

He started an inexperienced but a senior in LH QB Alex Ushry. He and backup Marquise Laster are both good and bring different skills to the table. Ushry has leadership and intelligence. Laster has the arm and is a better runner.

Ushry proved the coach right has he marched the Warriors down the field and they scored on a 27-yard reception to WR Napoleon Harris. But it was negated by a holding penalty. So on the drive, the Warriors moved the ball with ease but stopped itself with 2 holds and a QB sack and got no points.

After holding the Falcons to 3 and out, the Warriors got down to business!

They took advantage of a 32 yard punt with Edwards running back the return 27 yards to start the second drive from the FH 26. From there they got an 18 yard run from Micah Coleman and a 4-yard TD run by Edwards and it was 6-0. PAT was blocked.


This is the quarter where Eastmoor blew the game open!

On their third drive, the Warriors used a 20-yard reception from Kenneth Lawrence and a 45 yard TD run by Edwards with a 2-point conversion from Coleman and it was 14-0.

The rout was on!

Roshawn Harper intercepted a Falcons pass and returned it 5-yards from the 20 to the 15. From there in one play, Edwards scored on a 15-yard run, Ke’von Guice connected on the PAT for a 21-0 Warriors lead.

The Warriors were still not through!

After getting the ball back with 8:10 to go in the quarter, Harris made a 53-yard catch and run. Then Coleman scored from the 12, Guice made the PAT for a 28-0 lead. The stadium was in shock!

The Falcons finally put points on the board as Cody Little ran through the middle of the Eastmoor defense for a 15-yard TD, Jeromy Romans connected on the PAT. EA28 FH 7 Halftime.


Franklin Heights gets the ball first and goes 2 plays, 78 yards and scores in 54 seconds as Little out races the Eastmoor secondary down the left sideline for a TD. Romans PAT no good. EA 28 FH 13.

Eastmoor came back and answered that when they got the ball back. Harris caught a pass in the middle of the field and ran in for a 34-13 lead as the PAT was wide left.


There were 3 scores in this quarter.

For the Warriors, Lawrence took a swing pass and went down the left side line for a score and it was 40-13.

RB Cameron Long made it 46-13 with a 31 yard scamper for the Warriors.

The final score of the game was by Falcons QB Dave Fenice, who ran in from 5 yards out to give us the final of 46-19.


FC Dallas comes to town for second game of crucial homestand for Crew SC; Game time tonight 7:30


Black & Gold return to MAPFRE Stadium to face FC Dallas for their third match in eight days

For Immediate Release: August 25, 2017

COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC (12-12-3, 39 points) faces FC Dallas (9-6-9, 36 points) at MAPFRE Stadium, Saturday, August 26. The match kicks-off at 7:30 p.m. ET and is set to be televised regionally on The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports and BCSN2, with Neil Sika, Dwight Burgess and Marisa Contipelli on the call. Coverage on The CW Columbus begins at 7:30 p.m. ET. Exclusively on Spectrum Sports and BCSN2, “Crew SC Matchday,” the pre-match show, begins at 7:00 p.m. ET, with “Crew SC Post-Match” immediately following the action. Saturday’s match also airs locally on the radio on CD102.5 FM in English, featuring simulcast audio from the television broadcast. La Mega 103.1 FM has the match airing in Spanish, with Juan Valladares behind the microphone. The Spanish radio calls are also set to be streamed in Spanish on the LaMega1 App and via Tunein Radio as WVKO-FM. The club’s official website,, is set to stream the English-language radio broadcast online.


Crew SC returns to MAPFRE Stadium tomorrow to host FC Dallas for the second of two home matches this week as well as the club’s third match in eight days. This will be the Black & Gold’s 28th match of the 2017 MLS season and their lone regular-season meeting against Dallas this year. The match marks the 46thregular-season meeting between Columbus and Dallas, with the Black & Gold holding an all-time winning record of 18-17-10 against their Western Conference opponent over that span.

Crew SC is coming off a 2-0 shutout victory over the LA Galaxy at MAPFRE Stadium on Wednesday. Goals by Ola Kamara in the 45th minute and Justin Meram in the 90th minute gave the hosts the three points. The match against the Galaxy marked the debut of Designated Player Pedro Santos at MAPFRE Stadium, with the midfielder providing the game-winning assist on Kamara’s 45th-minute goal. Wednesday’s match also marked the first time in club history that Crew SC fielded three Designated Players at the same time, as Jonathan Mensah, Federico Higuain and Pedro Santos all started for the Black & Gold. The win was Columbus’ seventh shutout victory of the 2017 regular season, with the Black & Gold backline denying the Galaxy a single shot on target.

Coming into the match against Dallas, Crew SC has scored nine goals over its last five matches overall, with forward Ola Kamara tallying four strikes over that span. Kamara is currently the Black & Gold’s leading scorer in regular-season action with 13 tallies in 27 appearances (26 starts). He is trailed by midfielder Justin Meram, who has 11 goals in 27 regular-season appearances (26 starts). Meram scored Crew SC’s lone goal in last year’s 1-1 draw against Dallas at Toyota Stadium on April 2. Following Saturday’s match at MAPFRE Stadium, the Black & Gold host Sporting Kansas City on Sunday, September 10 for the third match in Crew SC’s three-match homestand.


Columbus Crew SC vs. FC Dallas

Saturday, August 26 – 7:30 p.m. ET – MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, OH)


Regional Television: The CW Columbus (coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET), Spectrum Sports, BCSN2 (Pre-match show “Crew SC Matchday” begins exclusively on Spectrum Sports and BCSN2 at 7:00 p.m. ET)

Regional Television Channel Guide:

Crew SC Radio: CD102.5 FM (English); La Mega 103.1 FM (Spanish), Spanish radio broadcast also simulcast on LaMega1 App and via TuneIn Radio as WVKO-FM, English radio broadcast also simulcast on
International Television: Abu Dhabi Sports (Middle East and North Africa), BeIN Sports (Asia, Australia)




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