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Read Q&A with honorary chairperson Meg Mallon, Clark Kellogg hosts Copart Celebrity Pro-Am

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The fourth installment of the Nationwide Tour’s annual stop at The Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational, is underway in Columbus this week. Festivities kicked off Monday with Buckeye alum and CBS’ lead college basketball analyst Clark Kellogg hosting the Copart Celebrity Pro-Am.

Kellogg wasn’t the only familiar face on the famed course with former Ohio State basketball players Michael Redd, Scoonie Penn, Michael Conley, William White, Herb Williams, Troy Taylor and Ron Stokes among the guests. Also out on the links were several Buckeye football alums including Archie Griffin, Raymont Harris, Will Allen, Keith Byers, John Hicks, William White, Mike Tomczak, Tom Skladany, Jeff Logan, Craig Krenzel and Coach John Cooper.

Meg Mallon, another Ohio State great who won three Big Ten titles with the women’s golf team from 1982-85 and has 18 victories on the LPGA Tour, also was at the OSU Golf Club Monday to talk to reporters as the tournament’s 2010 Honorary Chairperson.

OhioStateBuckeyes.com caught up with Mallon at Scarlet Course:

What does it mean to you to be named Honorary Chairperson for this year’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational?

I was thrilled they asked me. This Nationwide event that helps the Children’s Hospital here has been a great event. I was excited not only the chairperson but to come back to Columbus and see the Scarlet Course and the great facilities again – it’s just been a thrill for me.

This is the fourth year of the NCHI and the event has grown every year, is it exciting to see your college course featured at a professional event?

It really is. This is a great Alister MacKenzie designed course here and one of the best college courses in the country. It should be showcased like this and I’m thrilled the Nationwide Tour has looked at this course as one that is viable for a professional event.

What does that say about you playing this course every day in college?

(Laughing) I knew it was a hard golf course when I was playing on it and I knew it prepared me very well. Nationwide has done a wonderful job of selecting this venue and I think the players are really excited to be here.

What are some of your favorite memories of being on this course during your Ohio State days?

So many great memories – just the fact that the guys and the girls teams interacted a lot and we practiced together. I learned so much from people that came here from all over the country, and we even had a teammate from England. I learned so much from everyone and the experiences I had here. I am very thankful to Ohio State for giving me that opportunity.

This should be a fun week here, what are you looking forward to the most?

Just being out here at the Ohio State University Golf Course, seeing this facility and how it’s improved since I’ve been here. I’m excited to see what Jack Nicklaus has done to the design of the course and just to get the feeling of being back when I was in college. It’s pretty cool.

Update Buckeye fans what you’re up to now.

I just announced my retirement – well, it’s not really my retirement, I’m just stepping away from the (LPGA) Tour. I’m still playing golf. I’ll be playing in some senior events and I’ll be playing a lot of little outings here and there. You never really retire from golf, but I’m looking forward to figuring out what the next step in my life is going to be. Certainly reflecting back on the great 25 years I had on Tour.

For more information on the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational, please call (614) 764-GOLF or visit www.nchigolf.com.