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Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship: Erik Barnes makes charge in 2nd round to tie for 3rd

Pos Player R2 Thru Total
1 C. Luck -5 F -8
2 C. Young -2 F -7
T3 L. Hodges -1 F -6
T3 J. Stanger E F -6
T3 E. Barnes -4 F -6

 

32-year-old Erik Barnes is one of the older members of the Korn Ferry Tour, which is the developmental tour for the PGA Tour. It features golfers who have either not made it to the top tour or who have played there before and have been dropped out because they failed to win enough FedEx Cup points to keep their Tour card.

Those who are on the top 25 of the money list at year’s end are given PGA Tour memberships for the next season. Since the 2013 season, the Korn Ferry Tour has been the primary pathway for those seeking to earn their PGA Tour card. Q-School, which had previously been the primary route for qualification to the PGA Tour, has been converted as the pathway to the Korn Ferry Tour.

Erik Barnes (courtesy PGA Tour)

Barnes, a native of Kalamazoo, Michigan, and a graduate of Austin Peay State University, is trying to get to the top tour.

He was ranked 45th coming into the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship and is projected to get to 33rd after it.

The 2007 Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year and 2009 Player of the Year, has put himself into contention at this year’s event after 36 holes by shooting a -4 under par 67. One of his key shots in Friday’s second round was making a birdie on the tough Par 5 12th hole at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course, home of the annual Korn Ferry Tour tournament.

Barnes, who has one professional win since turning pro in 2011, is at 136 after 36 holes, tying him with Lee Hodges and first round co-leader Jimmy Stanger. That trio trails Cameron Young, who is in second place at 135 and leader Curtis Luck at 134.

He talks about his 2nd Round of Golf.

END OF ROUND INTERVIEW

Erik Barnes NCHC 2nd Round Top 5 tied for 3rd August 21, 2020 (2:12)

 

 

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship: First round lead shared by Stanger and Hardy

First-Round Leaderboard

Pos. Name Scores
T1 Jimmy Stanger 65 (-6)
T1 Nick Hardy 65 (-6)
T3 Lee Hodges 66 (-5)
T3 Cameron Young 66 (-5)
 

 

 

 

 

FIRST ROUND LEADERS INTERVIEWS

Jimmy Stanger NCHC 1st Round Co-leader 8 20 2020

Nick Hardy NCHC 1st Round Co-leader 2020 8 20 2020

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jimmy Stanger and Nick Hardy posted matching rounds of 6-under 65 on Thursday to claim a share of the first-round lead at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. Lee Hodges and Cameron Young sit one stroke off the pace in a tie for third at 5-under 66.

Beginning the day on the back nine, Stanger got off to a fast start with birdies on Nos. 10 and 12. After pars on his next seven holes, the 25-year-old dropped his only shot of the day at the par-4 second.

Despite the setback, Stanger tallied his third birdie of the day on the par-4 third followed by an eagle on the par-5 fourth. The University of Virginia product finished his opening round with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 8 and 9 to claim a share of the lead at 6-under.

Jimmy Stanger

Nick Hardy

“It was just one of those rounds where I stayed in there mentally,” Stanger said. “I didn’t hit the ball particularly great, didn’t putt the ball particularly great, but the wedges came on strong at the end and I was able to manage a 6‑under par round, which was fantastic.”

Stanger, who is playing in his third season on the Korn Ferry Tour, entered the week ranked 47th on the Korn Ferry Tour points list and earned his best finish of the season with a T6 result at last week’s Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco.

“It’s just more so that confidence, the idea that I’m ready to be here,” he said of his strong finish last week. “It’s just a matter of gaining confidence in that area and going out there and staying in the present and trying not to think too much.”

Tied atop the leaderboard is Hardy who tallied nine birdies during Thursday’s first round. After opening his round with pars on Nos. 1 and 2, Hardy carded four consecutive birdies on Nos. 3-6. Despite a double bogey on the par-4 seventh, he rebounded with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 8 and 9 to make the turn at 4-under.

Hardy dropped a shot on the par-4 11th to fall back to 3-under but converted birdies on three of his final four holes to gain a share of the lead.

“There’s obviously more at stake this week but I kind of treat it like every other week,” Hardy said. “I’m trying to position myself well for the weekend and Sunday, so I got off to a good start. Hopefully, I keep that going.”

Hardy is making his professional debut at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship but is no stranger to the Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course. As a standout at the University of Illinois, Hardy played several rounds in Columbus during his collegiate career. In 2018, he finished T2 at the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate contested at the Scarlet Course. Later that spring, he finished T4 at the NCAA Columbus Regional, also played at the Scarlet Course.

“We played well here as a team,” Hardy recalled. “I had a couple really high finishes here. It suits my game pretty well and it feels like a Chicago golf course to me, tree lined and long. You can’t really fake it out here, you’ve got to drive it well and you’ve got to hit strong sides, you cannot short‑side yourself out here at all.”

Second-round tee times will run from 7:30 a.m. to 2:36 p.m. EDT on Friday. The tournament will be broadcast live on Golf Channel from 1-3 p.m. on Friday.

 

THURSDAY NOTES:

* Thursday’s weather: Mostly sunny, with a high of 82. Wind NE at 4-8 mph.

* This week’s purse is $1,000,000 with $180,000 going to the champion. The champion will also receive 600 Korn Ferry Tour points.

* This marks the first time that Jimmy Stanger and Nick Hardy have held at least a share of the lead after 18-holes on the Korn Ferry Tour.

* Three of the 16 first-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win this season. Max McGreevy most recently won after holding a share of the first-round lead at the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper.

* Stanger is making his second start at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. Last season, he finished T66 in Ohio.

* Hardy leads the field after carding nine birdies during his opening round on Thursday.

* Since the Tour’s return to golf, Lee Hodges (T3, -5) has missed only one cut and has recorded seven top-25s including a victory.

* Cameron Young (T3, -5) is making his fourth Korn Ferry Tour start of the season and has yet to finish outside the top-15 this year.

* Brandon Wu sits T5 after an opening-round 67. Wu finished T2 at last week’s Albertsons Boise Open and is making only his fifth start of the season this week.

* Charlie Saxon (T5, -4) continued his strong play of late with an opening-round 67. Saxon finished T6 at last week’s Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco.

* In his first competitive round since his daughter Mia’s passing, Camilo Villegas sits T30 at 1-under.

* The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship serves as the third event of the four-event Korn Ferry Tour Championship Series, which includes elevated purses and points. Five exemptions into the 2020 U.S. Open are also available to the top-five players (not otherwise exempt) in a points list specific to the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship and Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance. The top-10 players on the Korn Ferry Tour’s overall point standings following the conclusion of the Korn Ferry Tour Championship will also earn entry into the PGA TOUR’s additional events (also known as opposite-field events) during the 2020-21 season.

* The combined 2020-21 Korn Ferry Tour schedule will conclude with 25 PGA TOUR cards awarded at the 2021 WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by KraftHeinz, with an additional 25 cards awarded at the conclusion of the 2021 Korn Ferry Tour Finals.

* The par-4 11th hole (473 yards) played as the hardest hole on Thursday with a scoring average of 4.313.

* The par-5 12th hole (562 yards) played as the easiest hole on Thursday with a scoring average of 4.646.

 

*Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course Scoring Average:


Front                    Back                     Total

R1                                       36.285                35.68                  71.972

 

FIRST ROUND RECAP WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF THE PGA TOUR & NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CHAMPIONSHIP

 

 

 

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship Summary

TOURNAMENT DATES: 08/20/2020-08/23/2020

COURSE: OSU GC – Scarlet Course

LOCATION: Columbus, OH,

USA YARDAGE: 7,444

PAR VALUE: 71

ARCHITECT: Jack Nicklaus

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Scottie Scheffler

PRIZE MONEY/1ST:$1,000,000 /$180,000

PLAYOFF HOLES: , 13, 18, 13

DRIVING DISTANCE HOLES: 6, 12

 

 

Crew SC plays first home game since March 1, shuts down Chicago Fire FC, 3-0

ZOOM VIDEO TELECONFERENCE WITH CREW SC HEAD COACH CALEB PORTER

Caleb Porter Crew SC coach On 3-0 win over Chicago Fire FC 8 20 2020 (8:59)

 

Both sides traded chances throughout the evening, but Columbus Crew SC (5-0-1, 16 pts.) wound up cruising to a 3-0 victory over Chicago Fire FC at MAPFRE Stadium on Thursday, courtesy of a first-half goal from Derrick Etienne Jr, a screamer from Darlington Nagbe and a late insurance tally from Gyasi Zardes.

At 5-0-1 for the first time in franchise history, the Crew continues to hold its spot atop the Supporters’ Shield race while notching four straight regular-season wins for the first time since 2012. The last time the Black & Gold won five straight was back in 2009.

Derrick Etienne

Darlington Nagbe

Gyasi Zardes

After a back-and-forth start on Thursday as part of the Phase 1 opener, Columbus found the game-winning goal in the 20th minute, when Milton Valenzuela found Etienne unmarked in the penalty box, allowing the midfielder to slot home a cheeky finish past Chicago goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth.

GOALS:

  • 20′ – CLB – Derek Etienne Jr. | WATCH
  • 81′ – CLB – Darlington Nagbe | WATCH
  • 88′ – CLB – Gyasi Zardes | WATCH

 

MATCH NOTES

  • With his goal in tonight’s match against Chicago Fire FC, forward Gyasi brought his 2020 regular-season total to five tallies in six matches. Zardes’ goal came in the 88th minute, when he finished off a pass from midfielder Pedro Santos. The forward also provide an assist in the 81st minute, setting up Darlington Nagbe’s goal. Since joining MLS in 2013, Zardes has made 198 regular-season appearances (183 starts), scoring 72 goals and providing 20 assists.
  • Midfielder Darlington Nagbe scored his first goal of the 2020 regular season – as well as his first goal for Crew SC – in the 81st minute of tonight’s match against the Chicago Fire. In the 88th minute of the match, Nagbe turned provider, as he combined with Pedro Santos to set up Gyasi Zardes’ goal. Since joining the Crew ahead of the 2020 MLS season, Nagbe has made six regular-season appearances (all starts), registering one goal and one assist for the Black & Gold.
  • Midfielder Derrick Etienne Jr. scored his first goal with Crew SC in tonight’s match against Chicago Fire FC. The goal came in the 20th minute of the match, when he put away a pass from defender Milton Valenzuela. Since joining Crew SC ahead of the 2020 MLS season, Etienne Jr. has made five regular-season appearances (two starts), scoring one goal and providing one assist.
  • Defenders Milton Valenzuela and Josh Williams, as well as midfielder Pedro Santos each registered an assist in tonight’s match. Valenzuela’s and Williams’ helper came in the 20th minute of the match, when the two players combined to set up Derrick Etienne Jr.’s opening goal. Santos’ assist came in the 88th-minute, as he crossed the ball for Gyasi Zardes to make the score 3-0.
  • Midfielder Emmanuel Boateng made his first appearance for the Crew as a 75th -minute substitute for midfielder Derrick Etienne Jr. in tonight’s match against the Chicago Fire. Boateng recently joined Crew SC via a trade with D.C. United in exchange for defender Axel Sjoberg on August 14.
  • Goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell posted his second regular-season shutout of the year in tonight’s 3-0 victory over the Chicago Fire, helping Crew SC record its fifth clean sheet of the year. Notably, the last regular-season goal Crew SC allowed from open play was against Vancouver last year in a 1-1 draw on September 21, 2019.
  • With the result against Atlanta United, Crew SC’s record moved to 5-0-1 (16 pts.) for the 2020 MLS regular season. Tonight’s win was the Crew’s fourth regular-season win a row, the first streak of that length since the 2012 campaign that started with a victory over Toronto FC at home (August 22, 2012) and ended with a defeat against the New England Revolution (September 5, 2012).
  • Up next, Crew SC goes on the road to face New York City FC on Monday, August 24 (7:00 p.m. ET [FOX Sports Ohio, FOX Sports Go App (Stream)] / Streaming online via the “Listen Live” button at  971TheFan.com / Spanish audio on ColumbusCrewSC.com).

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS AND MLSsoccer.com

 

 

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, Iowa to discontinue 4 Athletic Programs

 

Aug. 21, 2020

 

IOWA CITY, Iowa – - The University of Iowa announced Friday its plan to discontinue four intercollegiate athletics sports programs at the conclusion of the 2020-21 academic year: men’s gymnastics, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and men’s tennis. The announcement was made by President Bruce Harreld and Gary Barta, Henry B. and Patricia B. Tippie Director of Athletics Chair.

 

In an open letter, Harreld and Barta make the following statement:

 

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a financial exigency which threatens our continued ability to adequately support 24 intercollegiate athletics programs at the desired championship level. With the Big Ten Conference’s postponement of fall competition on August 11, UI Athletics now projects lost revenue of approximately $100M and an overall deficit between $60-75M this fiscal year. A loss of this magnitude will take years to overcome. We have a plan to recover, but the journey will be challenging.

 

The four sport programs will have the opportunity to compete in their upcoming 2020-21 seasons, should the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 permit, before they are discontinued. All existing scholarships will be honored through graduation for those student-athletes who choose to remain at Iowa. The contracts of affected coaches will be honored.

 

Factors considered in this action, in part, include sponsorship at the NCAA Division I level, impact on gender equity and Title IX compliance, expense savings, history of the sport at Iowa, and engagement level.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Steve Roe; COURTESY IOWA ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS