Top head coaches and celebrity alumni set to compete for $630,000 in scholarship & charity
ATLANTA (April 26, 2017) –The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge today announced the official pairings for its 11th annual charity golf tournament. A 15-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 $630,000 total purse.
“This event creates a memorable experience where some of the sport’s biggest names trade the gridiron for the green, all in the name of charitable giving,” said Gary Stokan, president and CEO of Peach Bowl, Inc.
Over the past 10 years, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge has provided a total of $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 the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl’s overall charitable and scholarship donations, which total $21 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 six Dodd Trophy recipients, two Heisman Trophy winners, two representatives from the College Football Playoff selection committee and a total of 10 national championships won among the coaches, initial pairings for the front nine include:
|GROUP 1||COACH / CELEBRITY||SELECTED CHARITY||PAIRING NOTE|
|Clemson||Dabo Swinney / Steve Fuller||Dabo’s All In Team Foundation||Both of this year’s football and basketball national title winners|
|North Carolina||Larry Fedora / Roy Williams||UNC Children’s Hospital|
|GROUP 2||COACH / CELEBRITY||SELECTED CHARITY||PAIRING NOTE|
|Alabama||Nick Saban / Mark Ingram||Nick’s Kids Foundation||Reunited after 11 years of coaching together (LSU, Miami Dolphins, Alabama)|
|Georgia||Kirby Smart / David Dukes||Kirby Smart Family Foundation|
|GROUP 3||COACH / CELEBRITY||SELECTED CHARITY||PAIRING NOTE|
|Auburn||Gus Malzahn / Al Del Greco||A Level Up||SEC Western Division rivals. Auburn leads Ole Miss 30-11 in head-to-head matchups|
|Ole Miss||Hugh Freeze / Wesley Walls||Freeze Foundation|
|GROUP 4||COACH / CELEBRITY||SELECTED CHARITY||PAIRING NOTE|
|N.C. State||Dave Doeren / Terry Harvey||Wake County Schools Special Needs||ACC foes. The Hokies lead the all-time series 27-18|
|Virginia Tech||Justin Fuente / Dell Curry||Herma’s Readers|
|GROUP 5||COACH / CELEBRITY||SELECTED CHARITY||PAIRING NOTE|
|Georgia Tech||Paul Johnson / Jon Barry||Georgia Tech FCA||Two former Dodd Trophy winners|
|TCU||Gary Patterson / LaDainian Tomlinson||Gary Patterson Foundation|
|GROUP 6||COACH / CELEBRITY||SELECTED CHARITY||PAIRING NOTE|
|Baylor||Jim Grobe / David Crowder||Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta||Coaching legends with nearly 400 total all-time wins between them|
|College Football Playoff||Frank Beamer / Bobby Johnson||Extra Yard for Teachers|
|GROUP 7||COACH / CELEBRITY||SELECTED CHARITY||PAIRING NOTE|
|Cincinnati||Tommy Tuberville / Brendon Kay||Tommy Tuberville Foundation||Tuberville and Spurrier are even with three wins a piece after six meetings on the gridiron|
|Florida||Steve Spurrier / Shane Matthews||HBC Foundation|
|GROUP 8||COACH / CELEBRITY||SELECTED CHARITY||PAIRING NOTE|
|Pittsburgh||Pat Narduzzi / Chris Doleman||TBD||Newcomers to the tournament|
The nation’s premier head coach and celebrity golf event will be held April 30 – May 3 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.
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 2014-15, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl hosted top nationally ranked teams as assigned by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. In 2016, the Bowl hosted its first College Football Playoff Semifinal (#1 Alabama vs. #4 Washington). The Bowl has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive bowls in the country, with 53 percent (26 of 49) of its games being decided by a touchdown or less. Peach Bowl, Inc. has disbursed $161 million in team payouts over its 49-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 $21 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 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.