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DATES: Thursday, July 26th through Sunday, July 29th
SITE: The OSU Golf Club (Scarlet Course), Columbus, Ohio
COURSE ARCHITECT: Dr. Alister MacKenzie (1938), Jack Nicklaus (2005)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 7,455
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 435 Yds10 - Par 4 442 Yds
2 - Par 4 472 0ds11 - Par 4 473 Yds
3 - Par 4 429 Yds12 - Par 5 562 Yds
4 - Par 5 586 Yds13 - Par 3 221 Yds
5 - Par 3 233 Yds14 - Par 4 473 Yds
6 - Par 5 618 Yds15 - Par 4 443 Yds
7 - Par 4 401 Yds16 - Par 4 378 Yds
8 - Par 3 202 Yds17 - Par 3 221 Yds
9 - Par 4 427 Yds18 - Par 4 439 Yds
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36 3,803 Yds35 3,652 Yds
 
Annual:  6th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 12:30-2:30 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. (et) - taped,
  - Sunday -- 7-9 p.m. (et) - taped
Defending Champion:  Harris English (Not defending)
Runner-Up:  Kyle Reifers, John Peterson
Tournament Record:  270 (Harris English, 2011)
54-Hole Record:  199 (John Peterson, 2011)
36-Hole Record:  131 (John Peterson, 2011)
Course Record:  63 (Jonathan Kaye, 2010; James Sacheck, 2011)
Total Purse:  $800,000
Shares:  1st Place - $144,000; 2nd Place - $86,400; 3rd Place - $54,400
 
2011 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Harris English (a)270Ted Potter, Jr.273
Kyle Reifers271Brett Wetterich273
John Peterson (a)271Mathew Goggin273
Josh Broadaway272Four players at274
Brian Smock272
 
Past Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011(a) Harris English (270) -- Kyle Reifers, John Peterson (a)
2010D.J. Brigman (274) -- Jamie Lovemark
2009* Derek Lamely (273) -- (a) Rickie Fowler
2008Bill Lunde (279) -- Dustin Bray
2007(a) Daniel Summerhays (278) -- Chad Collins, Chris Nallen

* - Won in Playoff

Top Contenders in the Field
Player20072008200920102011
Josh BroadawayT-56T-6mcmcT-4
Brett Wetterich------------T-6
Brenden PappasT-5---mc---18th
Camilo BenedettimcT-40mc11thT-26
Casey Wittenberg---T-31---T-51T-33
Nick FlanaganT-27------T-3T-54
Doug LaBelle II------mcT-33mc
James Hahn---------mcmc
Luke List---------mcmc
D.J. Brigman---mcmcWon---
Michael Putnam---T-6mcT-33---
Scott Gutschewski---T-60---mc---
Andres Gonzales---------------
Paul Haley II---------------
Sam Saunders---------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Scott Gutschewski
Darkhorse - James Love
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Scott Gardiner) - Missed the cut
Last Week's Darkhorse (Richard Scott) - Finished tied for 9th
 
NOTES:
The Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational begins this week in Columbus, Ohio. The top 22 players on the money list are scheduled to compete. Paul Haley II currently leads the money list by more than $4,000 over Casey Wittenberg. Wittenberg is the only two-time winner on tour this season. If he wins this week, he would receive a promotion to the PGA Tour.

This week's event is being held at the Ohio State University's Scarlet Course, which was designed by Dr. Alister MacKenzie in 1938. Golf legend and Ohio State alum Jack Nicklaus renovated the course in 2005. Golf Digest rated the Scarlet Course as one of the top collegiate golf courses in the country.

Last year, Harris English birdied the final hole to become the third amateur winner in Nationwide Tour history. English fired rounds of 66-66-68-70 to win by one stroke over Kyle Reifers and fellow amateur John Peterson. He finished at 14-under-par 270. The Georgia Bulldog joined Daniel Summerhays and Russell Henley as amateurs that have won on the Nationwide Tour. Summerhays was the first amateur winner, when he won this event in 2007. Henley claimed the Stadion Classic earlier in 2011.

English will not be on hand to defend his title, as he is currently playing on the PGA Tour as a professional. He is 75th on the PGA Tour money list with over $865,000 in earnings.

The par-71 Scarlet Course featured a scoring average of 71.017 for the week last year. For the fourth straight year, the course was ranked in the top 10 of toughest courses on tour.

In 2009, Derek Lamely overcame an 8-shot deficit and then parred the second extra hole from three feet to defeat then-amateur Rickie Fowler for his first career Nationwide Tour title. Lamely's 8-shot comeback was the largest on tour in 2009 and the biggest since Jim Rutledge came from nine shots back at the 2006 New Zealand PGA Championship.

Bill Lunde chipped in for birdie on the 18th hole in the final round of 2008 to earn his first Nationwide Tour victory. Lunde, the third-round leader, lost a 2-shot edge thanks to back-to-back bogeys at the 15th and 16th holes, but his birdie at the 72nd hole gave him the win. Lunde carded rounds of 67-72-67-73 and finished the tournament at 5-under 279 for a 1-stroke victory over Dustin Bray.

In 2007, Summerhays played like a veteran and became the first amateur ever to win on the Nationwide Tour. Summerhays closed with a 2-under 69 in the final round and finished at 6-under 278 to beat Chad Collins and Chris Nallen by two shots. Summerhays turned professional three days after winning the tournament.

Ohio State alumni who are current or past members of the Nationwide Tour are: Ryan Armour, Mike Austin, Stephen Gangluff, Craig Kanada, Greg Ladehoff, Gary Nicklaus, Chris Perry, Steve Runge, Chris Smith, Ted Tryba and Chris Wollmann.

The Nationwide Tour travels to Nebraska next week for the Cox Classic, where J.J. Killeen captured the 2011 title.

07/24 17:56:37 ET

As of July 24, 2012, at 05:56 PM ET

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