April 13, 2016
Former Head Football Coach Steve Spurrier and former Gamecocks and Packers wide receiver Sterling Sharpe will represent South Carolina in the ninth annual Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament. The duo will compete for a share of a $540,000 total purse, and the team’s winnings will be split between the HBC Foundation and an endowed scholarship at the University of South Carolina.
The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge features pairings that include a university head coach and a celebrity or former athlete from the same school competing in a scramble format against other university teams from around the country. In the past nine years, the event has provided $5.3 million in scholarship and charitable contributions.
This year’s edition, set for May 1-3 at the Reynolds Lake Oconee resort outside Atlanta, is scheduled to feature 14 teams and top national coaches such as Spurrier, Urban Meyer, Nick Saban, Dabo Swinney, and many more. In special recognition of their coaching legacies, newly retired coaches Spurrier and Frank Beamer (Virginia Tech) will represent their former teams for the final time in this year’s event.
The field of competitors is scheduled to include three former winning teams including Paul Johnson and Jon Barry of Georgia Tech (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015), Steve Spurrier and Sterling Sharpe from South Carolina (2008, 2009), and Frank Beamer and Dell Curry of Virginia Tech (2007). Five of the participating coaches led their teams to New Year’s Six Bowl Games in the College Football Playoff last season, including Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney, who faced off for the National Championship. The lineup includes three Heisman Trophy winners, four Dodd Trophy winners, and two new teams from the University of Georgia and University of Houston.
Teams will be vying for the $100,000 first-place prize, with each team receiving a portion of the $540,000 purse. All charity payouts will be split equally between an endowed scholarship at each university and a charity of the coach’s choice.
The field of competitors for the featured event is projected to include:
TEAM COACH CELEBRITY ALUM ALL-TIME WINNINGS
Alabama Nick Saban Chris Mohr $228,333
Auburn Gus Malzahn Bo Jackson $100,000
Cincinnati Tommy Tuberville J.K. Schaffer $90,000
Clemson Dabo Swinney Steve Fuller $155,000
Georgia Kirby Smart David Dukes New participant
Georgia Tech Paul Johnson Jon Barry $682,500
Houston Tom Herman Andre Ware New participant
Mississippi State Dan Mullen Fred McCrary $160,000
North Carolina Larry Fedora B.J. Surhoff $115,000
NC State Dave Doeren Terry Harvey $150,000
Ohio State Urban Meyer Jeff Logan $80,000
Ole Miss Hugh Freeze Wesley Walls $182,500
South Carolina Steve Spurrier Sterling Sharpe $477,000
Virginia Tech Frank Beamer Dell Curry $355,000
The tournament will be broadcast on ESPNU in August and December. Specific dates will be announced this summer.
For more information, visit Chick-fil-APeachBowlChallenge.com.
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