Bama Football Men Compete In Golf

Football is their business for almost every day of the year, but football players and football coaches in great numbers enjoy time away from football, frequently on the golf course. The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl gives them that opportunity, while also giving them a chance to earn money for their universities’ scholarship funds.

The ninth edition of this challenge charity golf tournament is Sunday through Tuesday at Reynolds Plantation Resort on Lake Oconee outside Atlanta.

Alabama Coach Nick Saban has not been the most successful coach in the tournament, but he is certainly a big draw. His celebrity partner will be Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, now playing for the New Orleans Saints. When Ingram was an Alabama player he revealed that he thought golf was his best sport.

In the past eight years the event has provided $4.7 million in scholarship and charitable contributions. The college teams in this year’s event will be playing for a share of $520,000 in scholarship and charities.

Among participating schools, Saban and Alabama have the third highest amount of all-time winnings for The University’s scholarship fund, $163,333.

There will be 13 teams in a scramble format. Each team will be vying for the $125,000 first place prize with each team receiving a portion of the purse. Charity payouts will be split equally between an endowed scholarship at each university and a charity of the coach’s choice.

The field includes two former winning teams – Paul Johnson and Jon Barry of Georgia Tech (2011, 2012, and 2014) and Steve Spurrier and Sterling Sharpe of South Carolina (2008 and 2009).

Six of the participating coaches – including Saban – led their teams to New Year’s Six Bowl Games in the inaugural College Football Playoff last season and three – again, including Saban – have won national championships.

Also participating will be former Crimson Tide player and assistant coach Dabo Swinney, now head coach at Clemson.

The event will be seen on a delayed telecast on ESPNU in August and again in December.

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