Field Set for 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge


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Greensboro, Ga. (April 26, 2013) – A 15-team field of NCAA head coaches and celebrity alumni are set to compete in the seventh annual Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament. Top national coaches such as Frank Beamer, Urban Meyer, Nick Saban, Steve Spurrier and many others will hit the links, all vying for their share of the $520,000 scholarship purse for their respective universities.

The nation’s premier head coach and celebrity golf event will be held April 28-30 at the Reynolds Plantation resort on Lake Oconee outside Atlanta. In the past six years, the Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge has provided $3.3 million in scholarship and charitable contributions.

Over the three-day event, several tournament rounds will be played in addition to the featured, televised round of coaches and celebrities. The complete field of head coaches, professional golfers, former athletes and celebrities includes three NFL Hall of Famers, six Heisman Trophy winners, 10 national Coaches of the Year and 16 Pro Bowlers.

The field of competitors for the featured round is scheduled to include four former winning teams including back-to-back defending champions Paul Johnson and Jon Barry of Georgia Tech (2011, 2012), Jimbo Fisher and Terrell Buckley of Florida State (2010), two-time winners Steve Spurrier and Sterling Sharpe from South Carolina (2008, 2009), and Frank Beamer and Dell Curry from Virginia Tech (2007).

New additions to this year’s tournament include Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram (Alabama), Bo Jackson (Auburn) and new ACC member Syracuse. Reigning National Champion Alabama and Virginia Tech, who will square off in this year’s Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, are also set to participate.

The 15 university teams will be vying for the $125,000 first-place prize with all teams receiving a portion of the $520,000 scholarship purse.

The field of competitors for the featured event is scheduled to include:


TEAM
COACH
CELEBRITY

Alabama
Nick Saban
Mark Ingram

Auburn
Gus Malzahn
Bo Jackson

Clemson
Dabo Swinney
Steve Fuller

Florida State
Jimbo Fisher
Terrell Buckley
2010 Winners
Georgia Tech
Paul Johnson
Jon Barry
2011, 2012 Winners
Miami
Al Golden
Gino Torretta

Mississippi
Hugh Freeze
Sean Tuohy

Mississippi State
Dan Mullen
Fred McCrary

North Carolina
Larry Fedora
Roy Williams

NC State
Dave Doeren
Tom Gugliotta

Ohio State
Urban Meyer
Jeff Logan

South Carolina
Steve Spurrier
Sterling Sharpe
2008, 2009 Winners
Syracuse
Scott Shafer
Jim Boeheim

Virginia Tech
Frank Beamer
Dell Curry
2007 Winners
Wake Forest
Jim Grobe
Riley Skinner


The Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge main event 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 addition to the $520,000 scholarship purse, an additional $135,000 charitable donation will be made to 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 $15.7 million since 2002.

The tournament is being taped by ESPN for broadcast in the fall. The date of the broadcast will be announced this summer.

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