Field Set for 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge
April 19, 2010
GREENSBORO, Ga. (April 16, 2010) - Six national Coaches of the Year including Nick Saban, Steve Spurrier, Frank Beamer, Paul Johnson, Jim Grobe, Ralph Friedgen and others will team up with former professional and collegiate athletes to compete for $400,000 in scholarship money at the annual Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament April 27.
Last year, Saban teamed with UA great Johnny Musso and the Crimson Tide duo posted a score of -10. The finish was good for a third-place tie and earned $37,500 in scholarship donations for the University of Alabama.
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 three years, the Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge has provided more than $1.3 million in scholarship and charity to its participating universities.
Two-time defending champions Steve Spurrier and Sterling Sharpe from the University of South Carolina will lead an impressive list of top NCAA head coaches and celebrities. In all, 12 teams are scheduled to hit the links in the featured event, all vying for the $120,000 first-place scholarship prize.
"From a golf standpoint, this might be the strongest field we've ever had in this tournament," Chick-fil-A Bowl president and CEO Gary Stokan said. "Not only are they highly competitive on the football field, but they are ultra competitive when competing for this championship - especially with our largest scholarship purse yet on the line."
The current field of competitors for the featured event includes:
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.
Past winners: 2009 South Carolina (Spurrier/Sharpe / -12, playoff winners), 2008 South Carolina (Spurrier/Sharpe / -12), 2007 Virginia Tech (Beamer/Curry / -10).
In addition to the $400,000 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 $5.8 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.
For more information on the event, visit www.Chick-fil-ABowlChallenge.com.