Official pairings announced for Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge


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GREENSBORO, GA - The Chick-fil-A Bowl today announced the official pairings for its Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament May 3. Twelve university teams of head coaches and celebrity alumni will compete in six groups vying for their share of the $415,000 scholarship purse.


The groups will tee off at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 3 and play a two-man scramble format over 18 holes. The tournament's championship team will earn a $120,000 first place scholarship donation to their university.


Featured groups include rivalry pairings that mirror the Chick-fil-A Bowl's ACC vs. SEC format. Two of the pairings will match teams that have competed or are set to compete in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game (Alabama vs. Virginia Tech - 2008 and NC State vs. Tennessee - 2012). Official group pairings include:


Group One:

Clemson - Dabo Swinney / Steve Fuller VS.

South Carolina - Steve Spurrier / Sterling Sharpe



Group Two:

Alabama - Nick Saban / Chris Mohr VS.

Virginia Tech - Frank Beamer / Dell Curry



Group Three:

NC State - Tom O'Brien / Torry Holt VS.

Tennessee - Derek Dooley / Stanley Morgan



Group Four:

Maryland - Randy Edsall / Stan Gelbaugh VS.

Ole Miss - Houston Nutt / Wesley Walls



Group Five:

Mississippi State - Dan Mullen / Fred McCrary VS.

Wake Forest - Jim Grobe / Riley Skinner



Group Six:

Georgia Tech - Paul Johnson / Jon Barry VS.

Miami - Al Golden / Gino Torretta



The nation's premier head coach and celebrity golf event will be held at the beautiful Reynolds Plantation resort on Lake Oconee outside Atlanta. Over the past four years, the Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge has provided $1.9 million in scholarship and charity to its participating universities.



In addition to the $415,000 scholarship purse, additional proceeds will be donated to selected charities including Chick-fil-A's WinShape Homes. The Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge is a significant contributor to the Chick-fil-A Bowl's overall charitable and scholarship donations. The Chick-fil-A Bowl leads all bowls in the country in charitable giving, including gifts of more than $7 million since 2002.


The tournament is being taped by ESPN for broadcast in the fall. The event will air Aug. 6 at noon and Dec. 31 at 11 a.m. on ESPN-2.
For more information on the event, visit www.Chick-fil-ABowlChallenge.com.



About the Chick-fil-A Bowl

The Chick-fil-A Bowl is the ninth-oldest bowl game in the country and hosts the longest-running rivalry series between the ACC and SEC. Now in its 44th year, the Chick-fil-A Bowl has established itself as one of the nation's elite bowl games with a string of 14 consecutive sellouts and has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive bowls in the nation. Ten of the last 19 games have been decided by a touchdown or less. The Chick-fil-A Bowl has disbursed more than $100 million in team payouts during its 43-year history and has increased team payout every year since 1996. The Bowl also leads all other bowl games in charitable and scholarship contributions, giving more than $7 million to organizations in need since 2002. Other events under the Chick-fil-A Bowl brand include the Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge head coach and celebrity golf event and the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game season-opening game over Labor Day weekend which will host two projected pre-season top 25 teams, Boise State and Georgia, to open the 2011 season

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