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June 16, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Officials of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational announced today that Buckeye legend and seven-time PGA TOUR winner Joey Sindelar will serve as Honorary Chairman for the fifth edition of the prestigious invitational Tournament scheduled for July 18-24 at The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course.

Sindelar was a four-time Letterwinner at Ohio State from 1978-1981 and a two-time First Team All-American in 1980 and 1981. He helped lead the Buckeyes to an NCAA and Big Ten Championship in 1979, and added another Big Ten Championship the following year in 1980. The three-time First team All-Big Ten selection (1979-1981) ranks second all-time at Ohio State (since 1974) in individual tournament wins with 10. Sindelar was the Les Bolstad Award winner in 1981 with the Big Ten’s lowest stroke average. He was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1992.

Sindelar has recorded seven PGA TOUR victories in his 30-year professional career. He joined the Champions Tour in 2008 and has since posted 21 top-10 finishes and more than $2.7 million in earnings.

“I was completely surprised and thrilled when asked to be the Honorary Chairman of the fifth annual Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational,” said Sindelar. “A huge part of my life and golf life revolves around Columbus and it is truly an honor to come back and represent The Ohio State University, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the city of Columbus.”

The 2011 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational will feature a purse of $800,000, the second largest on the Nationwide Tour. The Golf Channel will broadcast Tournament coverage from Thursday’s opening round to the trophy presentation on Sunday. The Invitational will be played July 18 – 24 at The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course, rated as the top collegiate golf course in the country by Golf Digest. The Tournament integrates the top professionals on the Nationwide Tour with the top players from the collegiate ranks to create a unique field of 144 of the best up and coming players in the United States.

For questions concerning ticket prices and availability, how to become a volunteer, and general Tournament information please call (614) 764-GOLF or visit www.nchigolf.com.