Jack W. Nicklaus



Jack Nicklaus, Founder of the Memorial Tournament and Muirfield golf course, became a member of the Columbus Partnership in 2010.

Jack Nicklaus founded the Memorial, one of the world’s most respected tournaments in 1976, just two years after the opening of Muirfield Village, which the Golden Bear designed with the late Desmond Muirhead.

The Memorial Tournament is one of only five tournaments given “invitational” status by the PGA Tour. Nationwide Children’s Hospital has been the Memorial Tournament’s primary beneficiary since its inception in 1976. The Tournament has raised more than $5.7 million to support the programs and services at Nationwide Children’s in those 30-plus years, and the Memorial Tournament Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is named to honor that generous commitment.