Top coaches and celebrity alumni tee it up for $650,000 in scholarship & charity
ATLANTA (April 23, 2019) – The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge today announced the official pairings for its 13th annual charity golf tournament. A 12-team field of NCAA head coaches and celebrity alumni will compete for a first-place prize of $100,000 in scholarship and charity. All participating teams will receive a portion of the $650,000 total purse.
“We’re honored to have some of college football’s biggest names compete in this year’s event, all in the name of scholarship and charity,” said Gary Stokan, CEO and president of Peach Bowl, Inc. “It will be intriguing to see some of the sport’s biggest rivalries shift from the gridiron to the green with this year’s pairings.”
Over the past 12 years, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge has provided a total of $7.6 million in scholarship and charity. Proceeds from the event benefit endowed scholarships at the participating universities and charitable foundations selected by the coaches, benefitting a wide range of organizations throughout the nation.
The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge is a significant contributor to Peach Bowl, Inc.’s overall charitable and scholarship donations, which total $32.9 million since 2002, making it college football’s most charitable bowl organization.
Competing teams at the main event will play a two-man scramble format over 18 holes using confirmed handicap adjustments. Schools will be paired for a shotgun start on the first nine holes and then re-paired, based on scores, and the round will continue with consecutive tee times for the second nine holes.
Pairings for the main event include:
|GROUP 1||COACH / CELEBRITY||SELECTED CHARITY||PAIRING NOTE|
|Clemson||Dabo Swinney / Bill Spiers||Dabo’s All In Team Foundation||Rematch of last season’s College Football Playoff Semifinal|
|Notre Dame||Brian Kelly / Jimmy Dunne||Kelley Cares Foundation|
|GROUP 2||COACH / CELEBRITY||SELECTED CHARITY||PAIRING NOTE|
|Florida||Dan Mullen / Judd Davis||Mullen Family “36” Foundation||Rematch of the 2007 BCS National Championship Game; both programs have won national championships under Meyer|
|Ohio State||Urban Meyer / Jeff Logan||Urban & Shelley Meyer Fund for Cancer Research|
|GROUP 3||COACH / CELEBRITY||SELECTED CHARITY||PAIRING NOTE|
|Georgia||Kirby Smart / David Dukes||Kirby Smart Family Foundation||Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate rivalry moves from the gridiron to the green|
|Georgia Tech||Paul Johnson / Jon Barry||The Paul and Susan Johnson Foundation|
|GROUP 4||COACH / CELEBRITY||SELECTED CHARITY||PAIRING NOTE|
|NC State||Dave Doeren / Terry Harvey||Wake County Schools Special Needs||Bragging rights are on the line for the Tar Heel State.|
|North Carolina||Mack Brown / Roy Williams||Champions Off the Field|
|GROUP 5||COACH / CELEBRITY||SELECTED CHARITY||PAIRING NOTE|
|Auburn||Gus Malzahn / Tim Hudson||Malzahn Family Foundation||SEC West showdown between the Rebels and Tigers|
|Ole Miss||Matt Luke / Wesley Walls||Ole Miss FCA|
|GROUP 6||COACH / CELEBRITY||SELECTED CHARITY||PAIRING NOTE|
|Pittsburgh||Pat Narduzzi / John Congemi||Stanley M. Marks MD Endowed Research Fund||Former Big East foes face off|
|UConn||Randy Edsall / Dan Orlovsky||Edsall Family Foundation Philanthropy Fund|
Team Alabama, featuring head coach Nick Saban and former running back Mark Ingram, was forced to withdraw from this year’s tournament following Saban’s successful hip replacement surgery yesterday. Saban has represented Alabama in every Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge since 2007 and is expected to be back in the field next year.
In total, this year’s field has won six national championships, 25 FBS conference championships and has 1,345 career wins.
This year’s Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge will also feature the second annual Legends Tournament, consisting of eight former coaches who will be vying for a share of a $50,000 purse that will go toward their selected charities. The Legends Tournament will include four teams in a two-man scramble format over 18 holes using confirmed handicap adjustments.
Teams for the Legends Tournament feature:
|Coach||Former Power Five Team(s)||Charity/Foundation|
|Jim Grobe||Wake Forest, Baylor||Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta|
|Tommy Tuberville||Ole Miss, Auburn, Texas Tech, Cincinnati||Tommy Tuberville Foundation|
|Chan Gailey||Georgia Tech||Fellowship of Christian Athletes|
|Steve Spurrier||Duke, Florida, South Carolina||HBC Foundation|
|Ralph Friedgen||Maryland||College of Charleston Foundation: Friedgen Family Scholarship|
|Rick Neuheisel||Colorado, Washington, UCLA||TBD|
|Bobby Johnson||Vanderbilt||Sea Island Habitat for Humanity|
|Tom O’ Brien||Boston College, NC State||U.S.M.C. Toys for Tots|
The nation’s premier head coach and celebrity golf event will be held April 28 – 30 at the Reynolds Lake Oconee resort outside Atlanta. The tournament will be broadcast on ESPN in August and December. Specific air dates will be announced this summer.
For more information on the event, visit Chick-fil-APeachBowlChallenge.com.