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Nationwide Tour will stop at Scarlet Course for fifth-annual tournament July 19-25

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Brian Kelly, head golf professional at The Ohio State University Golf Club, has received an exemption to compete in the fourth-annual Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational, tournament officials announced Tuesday. The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational (NCHI) is the Nationwide Tour’s annual stop at OSU Golf Club’s Scarlet Course and will take place July 19-25.

“I am completely honored to receive this exemption,” Kelly, who has been head pro at Ohio State for two years, said. “It’s very surreal – like an early Christmas present.

“To see how this tournament has grown over its years at Scarlet has been a cool thing. One of the biggest reasons I think it has is has grown are the local stories that are tied to it. It’s great to be included in that now. “

Kelly has more than 16 years of teaching experience and has continued to develop his training through Nicklaus/Flick Golf Schools and PGA teaching seminars. The Columbus native played with the Southern Ohio PGA, but he said the NCHI will “by far be the highest level of competition” he has faced.

“I will have the inside information; we’ll see if my ability comes out,” Kelly said. “It’s just a dream come true. To play a tour event – it’s hard to say it gets any better.”

While he will tee off in the tournament, for Kelly the week of the NCHI will not only be about playing. As the club’s head pro, he also has to continue his hosting duties that include the Amateur Instructional Challenge at Muirfield Village Golf Club and various clinics at the OSU Golf Club.

“It will be busy, but to (make the cut and) play Saturday and Sunday I’ll have to be playing out of my mind,” Kelly laughed.

“If he plays Saturday and Sunday, I’ll give him Monday off,” Marc Lucas, the OSU Golf Club general manager, replied.

For more information on the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational, please visit www.nchigolf.com.