First three-peat in tournament history solidifies Ole Miss dynasty.
Greensboro, Ga. (May 1, 2018) – Team Ole Miss carded 11 birdies with no bogeys to win its third consecutive Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge by one stroke today at the Reynolds Lake Oconee Resort outside Atlanta.
Head Coach Matt Luke and celebrity partner Wesley Walls teamed up to finish at 11-under-par and a one stroke victory to win the $110,000 first-place prize. Team N.C. State finished second at -10, while the teams from Alabama, Florida and Georgia tied for third at -8.
The first place prize money will be split between and endowed scholarship at Ole Miss and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization at the university.
“I never felt like we had it under control, but we were making some putts. There was maybe the long par-3 where we ran in a birdie and that was probably the turning point right there,” said Ole Miss Head Coach Matt Luke. “With the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl being the most charitable bowl game, it is truly an honor to be out here.”
“I think we ham-and-egged it perfectly. When I was in trouble, Matt would hit a great shot. To be honest with you, when you’re rolling the putter well in a tournament format like this, you have a chance to win. He was dead on – bullseye with that putter,” said former Ole Miss tight end Wesley Walls. “To the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and everyone here, this is a first-class event. We are just happy to be a part of it.”
The Ole Miss victory marks the first time in the event’s history where a team has won the tournament in three consecutive years.
“It was just a great, beautiful week of fun, fellowship and golf, and most importantly, charity,” said Gary Stokan, president and CEO of Peach Bowl, Inc. “Congratulations to Ole Miss for capturing their third title in a row.”
Final results from the 2018 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge including total charity and scholarship winnings:
|1||Ole Miss (Matt Luke, Wesley Walls)||-11||$110,000|
|2||N.C. State (Dave Doeren, Terry Harvey)||-10||$90,000|
|3 (T)||Alabama (Nick Saban, Mark Ingram)||-8||$70,000|
|3 (T)||Florida (Dan Mullen, Judd Davis)||-8||$70,000|
|3 (T)||Georgia (Kirby Smart, David Dukes)||-8||$70,000|
|6||Notre Dame (Brian Kelly, Jimmy Dunne)||-7||$50,000|
|7 (T)||Auburn (Gus Malzahn, Al Del Greco)||-5||$37,500|
|7 (T)||Georgia Tech (Paul Johnson, Jon Barry)||-5||$37,500|
|9||North Carolina (Larry Fedora, Roy Williams)||-4||$35,000|
|10||Pittsburgh (Pat Narduzzi, John Congemi)||-1||$30,000|
|11||Clemson (Dabo Swinney, Steve Fuller)||E||$30,000|
|SKILLS COMPETITION RESULTS|
|Long Drive (Coach Division)||Kirby Smart, Georgia||278 yards||$5,000|
|Long Drive (Celebrity Division)||Terry Harvey, N.C. State||274 yards||$5,000|
|Closest to the Pin (Coach Division)||Gus Malzahn, Auburn||3″6′||$5,000|
|Closest to the Pin (Celebrity Division)||Mark Ingram, Alabama||37″||$5,000|
Team winnings will be split evenly between endowed scholarships at the universities and foundations or charities of the coach’s choice. The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge is the country’s premier head coach and celebrity charity golf event featuring NCAA head coaches and former athletes and celebrities from the same school competing against their rivals for a share of a $650,000 scholarship purse.
In addition to the $650,000 charity and scholarship purse, another $162,520 was generated for charitable organizations bringing the 2018 total to $812,520 in charitable giving. 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 game.
|2018||Ole Miss (Matt Luke / Wesley Walls)||-11||1 stroke|
|2017||Ole Miss (Hugh Freeze / Wesley Walls)||-11||2 strokes|
|2016||Ole Miss (Hugh Freeze / Wesley Walls)||-11||2 strokes|
|2015||Georgia Tech (Paul Johnson / Jon Barry)||-9||1 (playoff)|
|2014||Georgia Tech (Paul Johnson / Jon Barry)||-13||4 strokes|
|2013||Miami (Al Golden / Gino Torretta)||-11||1 stroke|
|2012||Georgia Tech (Paul Johnson / Jon Barry)||-10||1 stroke|
|2011||Georgia Tech (Paul Johnson / Jon Barry)||-11||3 strokes|
|2010||Florida State (Jimbo Fisher / Terrell Buckley)||-7||1 stroke|
|2009||South Carolina (Steve Spurrier / Sterling Sharpe)||-12||1 (playoff)|
|2008||South Carolina (Steve Spurrier / Sterling Sharpe)||-12||5 strokes|
|2007||Virginia Tech (Frank Beamer / Dell Curry)||-10||1 stroke|