Saban, Malzahn get Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge pairings


ATLANTA, GA ( – 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 a first-place prize of $100,000 in scholarship and charity. All participating teams will receive a portion of the $540,000 total purse.

“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.

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:


Group One      
Alabama Nick Saban / Chris Mohr Links-style rematch of 2015 CFP

National Championship.

Nick’s Kids Foundation
Clemson Dabo Swinney / Steve Fuller Dabo’s All In Team Foundation
Group Two      
Georgia Kirby Smart / David Dukes On-the-course preview of the 2016

Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.

CURE Childhood Cancer
North Carolina Larry Fedora / B.J. Surhoff UNC Children’s Hospital
Group Three      
Auburn Gus Malzahn / Bo Jackson A classic football rivalry dating to 1892.

Auburn leads a close series 47-41-4.

Open Hands Overflowing Hearts
Georgia Tech Paul Johnson / Jon Barry Camp Twin Lakes
Group Four      
South Carolina Steve Spurrier / Sterling Sharpe The “Masters Group,” honoring two former winners of the Challenge. HBC Foundation
Virginia Tech Frank Beamer / Cam Young Herma’s Readers
Group Five      
Cincinnati Tommy Tuberville / J.K. Schaffer Current American Athletic Conference

foes with 2015’s CFA Peach Bowl champs..

Tommy Tuberville Foundation
Houston Tom Herman / Andre Ware Autism Speaks
Group Six      
Miss. State Dan Mullen / Fred McCrary The pair has faced off 6 times (3-3) since


Mullen Family 36 Foundation
NC State Dave Doeren /  Terry Harvey Wake Cty. Special Ed. Services
Group Seven      
Ole Miss Hugh Freeze /  Wesley Walls 2014 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game champs. Hugh and Jill Freeze Foundation


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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