Top head coaches and celebrity alumni set to compete for $650,000 in scholarship & charity
ATLANTA (April 27, 2018) – The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge today announced the official pairings for its 12th annual charity golf tournament. An 11-team field of NCAA head coaches and celebrity alumni will compete for a first-place prize of $110,000 in scholarship and charity. All participating teams will receive a portion of the $650,000 total purse.
“This event annually brings together some of college football’s most iconic figures, all in the name of scholarship and charity,” said Gary Stokan, CEO and president of Peach Bowl, Inc.
Over the past 11 years, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge has provided a total of $6.8 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 $30.3 million since 2002, making the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl college football’s most charitable bowl game.
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|
|Alabama||Nick Saban / Mark Ingram||Nick’s Kids Foundation||The Iron Bowl rivalry extends onto the golf course.|
|Auburn||Gus Malzahn / Al Del Greco||Fort Smith Boys and Girls Club|
|GROUP 2||COACH / CELEBRITY||SELECTED CHARITY||PAIRING NOTE|
|Florida||Dan Mullen / Judd Davis||Mullen Family “36” Foundation||The annual Jacksonville showdown moves north to Lake Oconee.|
|Georgia||Kirby Smart / David Dukes||Kirby Smart Family Foundation|
|GROUP 3||COACH / CELEBRITY||SELECTED CHARITY||PAIRING NOTE|
|Georgia Tech||Paul Johnson / Jon Barry||The Methodist Home of the South Georgia Conference, Inc.||Four-time winning pair (Georgia Tech) vs. Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge rookies (Notre Dame).|
|Notre Dame||Brian Kelly / Jimmy Dunne||Kelley Cares Foundation|
|GROUP 4||COACH / CELEBRITY||SELECTED CHARITY||PAIRING NOTE|
|N.C. State||Dave Doeren / Terry Harvey||Wake County Schools Special Needs||Bragging rights are on the line for the Tar Heel State.|
|North Carolina||Larry Fedora / Roy Williams||UNC Children’s Hospital|
|GROUP 5||COACH / CELEBRITY||SELECTED CHARITY||PAIRING NOTE|
|Clemson||Dabo Swinney / Steve Fuller||Dabo’s All In Team Foundation||ACC showdown between the Atlantic and Coastal divisions.|
|Pittsburgh||Pat Narduzzi / John Congemi||Pat Narduzzi Football Camp|
|GROUP 6||COACH / CELEBRITY||SELECTED CHARITY||PAIRING NOTE|
|Ole Miss||Matt Luke / Wesley Walls||Ole Miss FCA||Two-time defending champs look to compete for the hat trick.|
This year’s Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge will also feature an inaugural Legends Tournament, consisting of 10 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 five 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|
|Steve Spurrier||Duke, Florida, South Carolina||HBC Foundation|
|Bob Stoops||Oklahoma||HBC Champions Foundation|
|Mack Brown||North Carolina, Texas||The Rise School of Austin|
|Jim Grobe||Wake Forest, Baylor||Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta|
|Frank Beamer||Virginia Tech||Herma’s Readers|
|Bobby Johnson||Vanderbilt||College Football Playoff Foundation Extra Yard for Teachers|
|Tom O’ Brien||Boston College, N.C. State||U.S.M.C. Toys for Tots|
|Tommy Tuberville||Ole Miss, Auburn, Texas Tech, Cincinnati||Tommy Tuberville Foundation|
|Ralph Friedgen||Maryland||College of Charleston Foundation|
|Chan Gailey||Georgia Tech||Fellowship of Christian Athletes|
The nation’s premier head coach and celebrity golf event will be held April 29 – May 2 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.
In total, both the main event and Legends Tournament include an impressive roster of college football greats that features two Heisman Trophy winners, eight Dodd Trophy winners, and a total of 10 FBS National Championships won by the head coaches.
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, one of the New Year’s Six Bowls selected to host the College Football Playoff. This past season, the Peach Bowl celebrated its Golden Season, including its 50-year history of traditions and successes as the nation’s ninth-oldest bowl organization. The Bowl has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive bowls in the country, with 54 percent of its games being decided by a touchdown or less. Peach Bowl, Inc. has disbursed $240.5 million in team payouts over its 50-year history. Peach Bowl, Inc. also leads all other bowl game organizations in charitable and scholarship contributions, giving more than $30.3 million to organizations in need since 2002. Peach Bowl, Inc. also runs the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament, manages The Dodd Trophy national coach of the year award and led the relocation and financial foundation of the College Football Hall of Fame to Atlanta. For more information, visit Chick-fil-APeachBowl.com or follow us on Twitter at @CFAPeachBowl and find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/CFAPeachBowl.