I'm pleased but not surprised to report that the city has recently been notified that it is a recipient of the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

I'm pleased but not surprised to report that the city has recently been notified that it is a recipient of the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

Auditor of State Dave Yost's office recently undertook a financial audit of the city, with a resulting clean audit report speaking to the city's continued practice of excellent record-keeping.

In a statement, Auditor Yost said: "Taxpayers expect accurate financial records from their local governments. The city of Upper Arlington's dedication to accountability is evident."

The Auditor of State Award with Distinction is presented to local governments and school districts upon the completion of a financial audit. Entities that receive the award meet the following criteria of a "clean" audit report:

* The entity must file timely financial reports with the auditor's office in the form of a CAFR (Comprehensive Annual Financial Report).

* The audit report does not contain any findings for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, single audit findings or questioned costs.

* The entity's management letter contains no comments related to: ethics referrals; questioned costs less than $10,000; lack of timely report submission; reconciliation; failure to obtain a timely single audit; findings for recovery less than $100; public meetings or public records; no other financial or other concerns exist that involve eligible entity.

My thanks and congratulations to Finance & Administrative Services Director Cathe Armstrong and her capable staff for a job well done. It takes more than the finance team to achieve accolades such as this, however -- from department heads to frontline staff across the organization, an adherence to the city's financial and accounting policies is critical to be sure that we are going about our day-to-day business efficiently and cost-effectively.

Championship golf

Enjoy watching some golf this upcoming week as the Nationwide Children's Championship and Web.com Finals are welcomed back to the Scarlet Course of The Ohio State University Golf Club. Last year's event raised a record-breaking $1,125,069 for charitable organizations, including $1,003,769 for pediatric cancer research and treatment at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

The official first round starts the morning of Thursday, Sept. 24, with play continuing through Sunday. Approximately 55 players from the PGA Tour are expected to compete, included veterans such as Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, Aaron Baddeley, Ricky Barnes, Jonathan Byrd and Tim Petrovic. Another 75 Web.com Tour money-winners will join the group in what is sure to be a competitive few days of golf.

A little background on the Nationwide Children's Championship: As of 2013, the tournament became one of four in the Web.com Tour Finals. Throughout the finals, top Web.com Tour players compete with PGA Tour pros for one of 25 cards available for the PGA Tour. Along with the tournament becoming one of the finals in the Web.com Tour comes increased publicity and draw for the tournament and its overall goal.

To purchase tickets, visit ncc-golf.com. Thanks to the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship's Charity Ticket Program, 100 percent of revenue from ticket sales will benefit a local participating charitable organization of the purchaser's choice. Also, children younger than 16 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult who has a ticket.

Please join me in welcoming our guests, whether they are players or fans, over the next week of what is sure to be great golf and a great turnout for Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Theodore J. Staton is Upper Arlington's city manager.