Ole Miss cards five straight birdies to win second consecutive title.
Greensboro, Ga. (May 2, 2017) – Team Ole Miss closed out with five straight birdies to win the 2017 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge by two strokes today at the Reynolds Lake Oconee Resort outside Atlanta.
Head Coach Hugh Freeze and celebrity partner Wesley Walls carded a final score of -11 to win the $100,000 first-place prize and their second consecutive Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge. Team Florida finished second with a score of -9, while the teams from Georgia and N.C. State tied for third at -8.
“It was a gorgeous day and Wesley and I really played well together,” said Ole Miss Head Coach Hugh Freeze. “We really never got in trouble. If I hit a bad one, Wesley hit a good one and vice versa.”
“When you’re going down the stretch and you need a six-footer for a birdie, coach is the guy I want on my team,” said former Ole Miss tight end Wesley Walls.
The Ole Miss victory marks the fourth time in the event’s history where teams won the tournament in consecutive years.
“This has been a wonderful week of fellowship, golf and charity,” said Gary Stokan, president and CEO of Peach Bowl, Inc. “Congratulations to Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze and Wesley Walls for taking home the title for the second year in a row. We’re honored to donate $100,000 to them for university scholarships and the Hugh and Jill Freeze Foundation.”
Final official results from the 2017 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge including total charity and scholarship winnings:
|1||Ole Miss (Hugh Freeze / Wesley Walls)||-11||$100,000|
|2||Florida (Steve Spurrier, Shane Matthews)||-9||$80,000|
|3 (T)||Georgia (Kirby Smart, David Dukes)||-8||$65,000|
|3 (T)||N.C. State (Dave Doeren, Terry Harvey)||-8||$65,000|
|5||Alabama (Nick Saban, Mark Ingram)||-7||$50,000|
|6||Baylor (Jim Grobe, David Crowder)||-6||$40,000|
|7 (T)||TCU (Gary Patterson, LaDainian Tomlinson)||-5||$27,500|
|7 (T)||Virginia Tech (Justin Fuente, Dell Curry)||-5||$27,500|
|9 (T)||Auburn (Gus Malzahn, Al Del Greco)||-4||$25,000|
|9 (T)||Cincinnati (Tommy Tuberville, Brendon Kay)||-4||$25,000|
|11 (T)||Georgia Tech (Paul Johnson, Jon Barry)||-3||$22,500|
|11 (T)||North Carolina (Larry Fedora, Roy Williams)||-3||$22,500|
|13||CFP (Frank Beamer, Bobby Johnson)||-1||$20,000|
|14||Pittsburgh (Pat Narduzzi, Chris Doleman)||+1||$20,000|
|15||Clemson (Dabo Swinney, Steve Fuller)||+2||$20,000|
|SKILLS COMPETITION RESULTS|
|Long Drive (Coach Division)||Kirby Smart, Georgia||261 yards||$5,000|
|Long Drive (Celebrity Division)||Jon Barry, Georgia Tech||288 yards||$5,000|
|Closest to the Pin (Coach Division)||Tommy Tuberville, Cincinnati||29’7″||$5,000|
|Closest to the Pin (Celebrity Division)||David Dukes, Georgia||4’7″||$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 $630,000 scholarship purse.
In addition to the $630,000 charity and scholarship purse, another $170,000 was generated for charitable organizations bringing the 2017 total to $800,000 in charitable giving. Since its creation in 2007, the event has contributed a total of $6.8 million in scholarship and charity, helping make the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl college football’s most charitable bowl game.
Champions of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge include:
|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|