Edsall to Play in Chick-fil-A Challenge
April 12, 2012
GREENSBORO, Ga. - A 16-team field of NCAA head coaches and celebrity alumni, including Maryland head coach Randy Edsall and former Terp quarterback Stan Gelbaugh, are set to compete in the sixth annual Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament. They will vie for shares of the $520,000 scholarship purse for their respective universities.
Edsall and Gelbaugh are teaming up for the second straight year.
The nation's premier head coach and celebrity golf event will be held April 29 - May 1 at the Reynolds Plantation resort on Lake Oconee outside Atlanta. In the past five years, the Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge has provided $2.55 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.
"As college football's most charitable bowl game, this event is enormously important to us in terms of what we can give back to our partner conferences and universities," said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Bowl president and CEO. "At this year's event, we will surpass the $3 million mark in charity and scholarship donations as we continue to grow the field and donations each year with the help of some of the best college coaches in the nation."
The field of competitors for the featured round is scheduled to include four former winning teams including 2011 tournament champions Paul Johnson and Jon Barry of Georgia Tech, 2010 champions Jimbo Fisher and Terrell Buckley of Florida State, two-time winners Steve Spurrier and Sterling Sharpe from South Carolina who won the event in 2008 and 2009, and Frank Beamer and Dell Curry from Virginia Tech who won in 2007.
The 16 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 - Head Coach / CelebrityAlabama - Nick Saban / Johnny Musso
Clemson - Dabo Swinney / Steve Fuller
Georgia Tech - Paul Johnson / Jon Barry
Florida State - Jimbo Fisher / Terrell Buckley
Maryland - Randy Edsall / Stan Gelbaugh
Miami - Al Golden / Gino Torretta
Mississippi State - Dan Mullen / Fred McCrary
North Carolina - Larry Fedora / Roy Williams
NC State - Tom O'Brien / Tom Gugliotta
Ohio State - Urban Meyer / Jeff Logan
Ole Miss - Hugh Freeze / Sean Tuohy
South Carolina - Steve Spurrier / Sterling Sharpe
Tennessee - Derek Dooley / Stanley Morgan
Virginia - Mike London / Jim Dombrowski
Virginia Tech - Frank Beamer / Dell Curry
Wake Forest - Jim Grobe / Riley Skinner
Two schools will be paired together in a foursome.
Past winners: 2011 Georgia Tech (Johnson/Barry/-11), 2010 Florida State (Fisher/Buckley/ -7), 2009 South Carolina (Spurrier/Sharpe / -12, playoff winners), 2008 South Carolina (Spurrier/Sharpe / -12), 2007 Virginia Tech (Beamer/Curry / -10).
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 $13 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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