Top head coaches and celebrity alumni set to compete for $540,000 in scholarship & charity.
ATLANTA (April 27, 2016) – The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge today announced the official pairings for its 10th annual charity golf tournament. A 13-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 $540,000 total purse.
“We created this event to help fulfill our mission to positively impact people’s lives through best-in-class events that create scholarships and charitable donations,” said Gary Stokan, president and CEO of Peach Bowl, Inc.
Over the past nine years, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge has provided $5.3 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 Southeast and the nation.
The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge is a significant contributor to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl’s overall charitable and scholarship donations, which total more than $19.5 million since 2002, making the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl college football’s most charitable bowl game.
Competing teams 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.
Highlighted by four Dodd Trophy-winning coaches, five College Football Hall of Famers and three Heisman Trophy winners, initial pairings for the front nine include:
|GROUP 1||COACH / CELEBRITY||SELECTED CHARITY||PAIRING NOTE|
|Alabama||Nick Saban / Chris Mohr||Nick’s Kids Foundation||Links-style rematch of 2015 CFP National Championship|
|Clemson||Dabo Swinney / Steve Fuller||Dabo’s All In Team Foundation|
|GROUP 2||COACH / CELEBRITY||SELECTED CHARITY||PAIRING NOTE|
|Georgia||Kirby Smart / David Dukes||CURE Childhood Cancer||On-the-course preview of the 2016 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.|
|North Carolina||Larry Fedora / B. J. Surhoff||UNC Children’s Hospital|
|GROUP 3||COACH / CELEBRITY||SELECTED CHARITY||PAIRING NOTE|
|Auburn||Gus Malzahn / Bo Jackson||Open Hands Overflowing Hearts||A classic football rivalry dating to 1892. Auburn leads the series 47-41-4.|
|Georgia Tech||Camp Twin Lakes|
|GROUP 4||COACH / CELEBRITY||SELECTED CHARITY||PAIRING NOTE|
|South Carolina||Steve Spurrier / Sterling Sharpe||HBC Foundation||The “Masters Group,” honoring two former winners of the Challenge.|
|Virginia Tech||Frank Beamer / Cam Young||Herma’s Readers|
|GROUP 5||COACH / CELEBRITY||SELECTED CHARITY||PAIRING NOTE|
|Cincinnati||Tommy Tuberville / J. K. Schaffer||Tommy Tuberville Foundation||Current American Athletic Conference foes with 2015 CFA Peach Bowl champs.|
|Houston||Tom Herman / Andre Ware||Autism Speaks|
|GROUP 6||COACH / CELEBRITY||PAIRING NOTE||SELECTED CHARITY|
|Miss. State||Dan Mullen / Fred McCrary||Mullen Family 36 Foundation||The pair has faced off six times (3-3) since 1930.|
|N.C. State||Dave Doeren / Terry Harvey||Wake County Special Ed. Services|
|GROUP 7||COACH / CELEBRITY||PAIRING NOTE||SELECTED CHARITY|
|Ole Miss||Hugh Freeze / Wesley Walls||2014 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game Champions||Hugh and Jill Freeze Foundation|
The nation’s premier head coach and celebrity golf event will be held May 1-3 at the Reynolds Lake Oconee resort outside Atlanta. The tournament will be broadcast on ESPNU in August and December. Specific air dates will be announced this summer.
For more information on the event, visit Chick-fil-APeachBowlChallenge.com.
About Peach Bowl, Inc.
Peach Bowl, Inc. operates the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, the ninth-oldest bowl game in the country and one of New Year’s Six Bowls selected to host the College Football Playoff. In 2014 and 2015, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl hosted top nationally ranked teams as assigned by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. In 2016, the Bowl will host its first College Football Playoff Semifinal (#1 vs. #4 or #2 vs. #3). The Bowl has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive bowls in the country, with 54% (26 of 48) of its games being decided by a touchdown or less. Peach Bowl, Inc. has disbursed $150 million in team payouts over its 48-year history and has increased team payout every year since 1996. The Bowl also leads all other bowl game organizations in charitable and scholarship contributions, giving more than $19.5 million to organizations in need since 2002. Peach Bowl, Inc. also owns and manages the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament and is the presenting sponsor and manager of The Dodd Trophy national coach of the year award. For more information, visit Chick-fil-APeachBowl.com or follow us on Twitter at @CFAPeachBowl and find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/ChickfilAPeachBowl.