(CHARLESTON, S.C.) – Michael Sim, 2009 Nationwide Tour year-end money leader and runner-up at the 2009 Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island, has surpassed the $1 million earnings mark on the PGA TOUR with an -18 T3 $244,800 finish on Sunday, August 22nd at the Wyndham Championship, in Greensboro, NC. Currently ranked 67th on the PGA TOUR’s money list, Sim now leads the Class of 2009’s “The 25” with $1,098,463 in earnings, contributing to the class’s grand total that currently stands at $10,348,349. The Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island is the Nationwide Tour’s season-ending event where the top 60 money winners compete for 25 PGA TOUR cards and a spot on the 2011 PGA Tour.

“Michael Sim’s incredible success is a perfect example of the opportunities available and the dreams that can be achieved at the Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island,” said Denis J. Gallagher, tournament chairman of the Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island, and chairman of the Student Transportation of America Education Foundation. “We congratulate Michael and look forward to celebrating the success of other members of the Class of 2009 who are set to break the million dollar threshold very soon. These players are the next generation of PGA TOUR champions and we are proud to provide a launching pad for these future stars.”

Sim, a 25-year-old Australian, almost notched a PGA TOUR victory at the Wyndham Championship, briefly tied for the lead, but eventually fell to third, two strokes behind winner Arjun Atwal. Sim has posted very solid results this year on the PGA TOUR including 10 of 17 cuts and three Top 10 finishes, including a T3 at Turning Stone and T2 at the Farmers Insurance Open.

On the 2009 Nationwide Tour, Sim won three events prior to competing in the Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island where he finished as runner-up (Stonebrae Classic, BMW Charity Pro-Am, Christmas in October Classic), and finished the year with record single-season earnings of $644,142, as well as another $130,188 on the PGA TOUR.

Tickets Fore Charity
Tickets are available now for the Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island through the tournament’s TICKETS FORE CHARITY program. All ticket proceeds benefit local charities, and a list of participating charitable organizations is available to choose from while making a purchase. Click here to make a purchase and support this program.

About the STA Education Foundation
The Student Transportation of America Education Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Student Transportation, Inc., the third largest provider of school bus transportation services in North America. The STA Education Foundation is a 501(c) (3) public charity that focuses the experience of the company and the talents of more than 6,000 employees on advancing educational opportunities available to the students it transports daily in more than 200 school districts in 11 U.S. states and Ontario, Canada. Since its creation in 2003, the Foundation has raised nearly $200,000 and awarded more than 80 scholarships to students who demonstrate academic achievement, community service and leadership. Learn more about STA and its commitment to the community at STA.org.

About the Nationwide Tour
Founded (1990), owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Nationwide Tour identifies those players who are ready to compete and win on golf's biggest stage. As the official proving ground of the PGA TOUR, two out of three PGA TOUR members are Nationwide Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won 275 PGA TOUR titles, including 13 majors and four PLAYERS Championships. Twenty-five PGA TOUR cards will be at stake over the course of 29 events in 2010. Recognizing the Tour’s growing stature, Nationwide Insurance has renewed its umbrella sponsorship of the Nationwide Tour through 2012. The PGA TOUR, through the efforts of its three tours and their tournaments, sponsors, players and volunteers, supports over 2,000 local charities and has surpassed $1.5 billion in charitable giving. To learn more about the PGA TOUR and Nationwide Tour, and to follow the season-long quest for a PGA TOUR card, visit PGATOUR.COM.

About Daniel Island
The ideal setting for living, working and playing in Charleston, South Carolina, Daniel Island is a 4,000-acre award-winning island town featuring traditional neighborhoods, a vibrant downtown, parks, marsh-lined rivers and creeks, and a private country club with golf courses by Tom Fazio and Rees Jones.

With a spectacular coastal setting, surrounded by rivers, creeks and the Charleston harbor, the island offers an endless array of water sports and recreation. Daniel Island has been honored with numerous accolades and is the 2007 recipient of the prestigious 'Award for Excellence' by the Urban Land Institute. Select from golf, marsh, deepwater or interior lots priced from $175,000 to over $1 million. A wide variety of homes, townhomes and condominiums are available from $200,000 to over $6 million.

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