Swinney and Saban go head-to-head in golf


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ATLANTA – The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge today announced the official pairings for its 10th annual charity golf tournament. A 13-team field of NCAA head coaches and celebrity alumni will compete for the first-place prize of $100,000 in scholarship and charity. All participating teams will receive a portion of the $540,000 total purse.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney and Clemson great Steve Fuller will face off against Alabama head coach Nick Saban and former Alabama and Buffalo Bills kicker Chris Mohr in Group One.

“We created this event to help fulfill our mission to positively impact people’s lives through best-in-class events that create scholarships and charitable donations,” said Gary Stokan, president and CEO of Peach Bowl, Inc.

Over the past nine years, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge has provided $5.3 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 Southeast and the nation.

TEAM: COACH / CELEBRITY: SELECTED CHARITY:
Group 1
Links-style rematch of 2015 CFP National Championship
Alabama Nick Saban / Chris Mohr Nick's Kids Foundation
Clemson Dabo Swinney / Steve Fuller Dabo's All In Team Foundation

Group 2
On-the-course preview of the 2016 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.
Georgia Kirby Smart / David Dukes CURE Childhood Cancer
North Carolina Larry Fedora / B.J. Surhoff UNC Children's Hospital

Group 3
A classic football rivalry dating to 1892. Auburn leads a close series 47-41-4.
Auburn Gus Malzahn / Bo Jackson Open Hands Overflowing Hearts
Georgia Tech Paul Johnson / Jon Barry Camp Twin Lakes

Group 4
The "Masters Group," honoring two former winners of the Challenge.
South Carolina Steve Spurrier / Sterling Sharpe HBC Foundation
Virginia Tech Frank Beamer / Cam Young Herma's Readers

Group 5
Current American Athletic Conference foes with 2015's CFA Peach Bowl champs.
Cincinnati Tommy Tuberville / J.K. Schaffer Tommy Tuberville Foundation
Houston Tom Herman / Andre Ware Autism Speaks

Group 6
The pair has faced off 6 times (3-3) since 1930.
Miss. State Dan Mullen / Fred McCrary Nick's Kids Foundation
NC State Dave Doeren / Terry Harvey Wake Cty. Special Ed. Services

Group 7
2014 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game champs.
Ole Miss Hugh Freeze / Wesley Walls Hugh and Jill Freeze Foundation

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 more than $19.5 million since 2002, making the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl college football’s most charitable bowl game.

Competing teams 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.

Highlighted by four Dodd Trophy-winning coaches, five College Football Hall of Famers and three Heisman Trophy winners, initial pairings for the front nine include:

The nation’s premier head coach and celebrity golf event will be held May 1-3 at the Reynolds Lake Oconee resort outside Atlanta. The tournament will be broadcast on ESPNU in August and December. Specific air dates will be announced this summer.

For more information on the event, visit Chick-fil-APeachBowlChallenge.com.
The nation’s premier head coach and celebrity golf event will be held May 1-3 at the Reynolds Lake Oconee resort outside Atlanta. The tournament will be broadcast on ESPNU in August and December. Specific air dates will be announced this summer.

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