An 11-team field of NCAA head coaches and celebrity alumni competed in the 12th annual Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament, all vying for their share of $650,000 in scholarship and charity. This year’s field featured three of the four head coaches who led their teams to last season’s College Football Playoff (CFP), including both CFP National Championship coaches in Nick Saban and Kirby Smart.
The celebrity golf event was held April 29 to May 2 at the Reynolds Lake Oconee resort outside Atlanta. Proceeds from the event benefit endowed scholarships at the participating universities and charitable foundations selected by the coaches. Since its creation in 2007, the event has contributed a total of $6.8 million in scholarship and charity donations, helping make the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl college football’s most charitable bowl game.
The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge main event features pairings that include a university head coach and a former athlete from the same school competing in a scramble format against other university teams from around the country. The event was broadcast on ESPN in August and December.
This year’s Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge also featured an inaugural Legends Tournament, consisting of 10 former coaches who will be vying for a share of a $50,000 purse that will go toward their selected charities.
The main event field of competitors is scheduled to include the four-time winning pair of Paul Johnson and Jon Barry of Georgia Tech (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015), as well as first-time appearances from Brian Kelly of Notre Dame and Matt Luke of Ole Miss. In total, both the main event and Legends Tournament include an impressive roster of college football greats that features two Heisman Trophy winners, eight Dodd Trophy winners, and a total of 10 FBS National Championships won by the head coaches.
The current field of competitors for the main event included:
Additionally, the inaugural Legends Tournament featured the following coaches playing for their respective charities:
For more information, visit Chick-fil-APeachBowlChallenge.com.
Marine Toys for Tots was honored to have Legends Coach Tom O'Brien select Toys for Tots as his charity of choice. While serving as head football coach at Boston College and North Carolina State, Coach O'Brien also served on the Board of Directors of Marine Toys for Tots. Coach O'Brien enjoyed a great day on the course finishing in second place and winning $5000 for Marine Toys for Tots. Coach O'Brien has already committed to next year's tournament vowing to win first place!