Auburn’s Gus Malzahn wins second consecutive title to become all-time winningest coach in the competition’s history

Greensboro, Ga. (April 29, 2019) – Auburn head football coach Gus Malzahn took home the Closest to the Pin title in the Coach Division at today’s skills competition during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament.

In an SEC Western Division showdown, defending Closest to the Pin champion Gus Malzahn’s 16’7” shot edged Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke’s 16’9” shot by two inches to secure the win for Auburn.

The win represents Malzahn’s second consecutive Closest to the Pin title and his third in five years. Malzahn is now the all-time winningest coach in the competition’s history with three wins.

This year’s Closest to the Pin competition featured all 12 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge coaches competing in a bracket-style format shooting 88 yards away from the pin. Each coach received two shots per round with the best shot determining who would advance. Teams Ole Miss, Auburn, Georgia Tech and Georgia received first-round byes based on previous Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge results.

In the first round, teams UConn, Pitt, Notre Dame and Clemson advanced to square off against the four teams who received a first-round bye. Teams Ole Miss, Pitt, Auburn and Notre Dame then won their respective second round matchups to move onto the semifinals, which were then followed by Auburn and Ole Miss victories to create an all-SEC Western Division final.

“Wow, I’ll tell you what, it’s a game of inches. There’s no doubt about that. I needed those two inches,” said Coach Malzahn. “I’ll tell you what, 88 yards, I guess I’ve got the distance down.”

Coach Malzahn will receive $5,000 for his selected charity, the Malzahn Family Foundation, which will go toward the organization’s mission to help meet the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of children and their families in times of need.

The full 12-team field of NCAA head coaches and celebrity alumni will compete in the main tournament round of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge tomorrow, for a share of $650,000 in scholarship and charity. Coaches and celebrities will also face off in the second skills contest with the Long-Drive competition on Tuesday as well.

Since its creation in 2007, the event has contributed a total of $7.6 million in scholarship and charity, helping make the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl college football’s most charitable bowl organization.

Proceeds from the event will benefit endowed scholarships at the participating universities and charitable foundations selected by the coaches, benefiting a wide range of organizations throughout the country.

The event will be broadcast on ESPN in August and December. Specific dates will be announced this summer.


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