Field Set for 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge

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MSU head coach Dan Mullen and former Bulldog Fred McCrary will team for the Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge charity goif tournament later this month.
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GREENSBORO, Ga. – 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:






Nick Saban

Mark Ingram



Gus Malzahn

Bo Jackson



Dabo Swinney

Steve Fuller


Florida State

Jimbo Fisher

Terrell Buckley

2010 Winners

Georgia Tech

Paul Johnson

Jon Barry

2011, 2012 Winners


Al Golden

Gino Torretta



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


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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