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Alabama’s Nick Saban and former Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram in Chick-fil-A Tournament

Alabama’s Nick Saban and Mark Ingram in charity golf tournament

One of the  better known charity golf tournaments involving primarily football coaches and former players is the Chick-fil-A-Peach Bowl Challenge, which annually includes Alabama Coach Nick Saban.
In Saban’s 11th year as head coach of the Crimson Tide, the Chick-fil-A tournament is also in its 11th year. It is a 15-team event that includes a “purse” of $630,000, all of the money going to scholarships to the schools of the participants and charitable foundations selected by the coaches. First prize in the tournament is $100,000.
Saban and his partner, former Crimson Tide running back Mark Ingram (now with the New Orleans Saints), will be playing for Saban’s Nick’s Kids Foundation.
The event is Sunday-Wednesday at the Reynolds Lake Oconee resort outside Atlanta. The tournament will be broadcast on ESPN in August and December.
Saban and Ingram will be paired with Georgia Coach Kirby Smart, formerly defensive coordinator under Saban at Bama. Smart’s partner is David Dukes.
One note about the tournament is that includes two Heisman Trophy winners and coaches with a total of 10 national championships. That makes the Alabama pairing owning half of those distinctions, Ingram with the Heisman Trophy in 2009 and Saban with four national titles at Alabama and one at LSU.
The tournament will also feature the head coaches of the two most recent national championships in football and basketball, Dabo Swinney of Clemson and Roy Williams of North Carolina (the celebrity partner of Larry Fedora).
In addition to Alabama and Georgia, other Southeastern Conference participants include Auburn (Gus Malzahn and Al Del Greco), Ole Miss (Hugh Freeze and Wesley Walls), and Florida (Steve Spurrier and Shane Matthews).
Other teams are from North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, TCU, Baylor, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and a team representing the College Football Playoff made up of Frank Beamer and Bobby Johnson.
Over the past 10 years, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge has provided a total of $6 million in scholarship and charity. Proceeds from the event benefit endowed scholarships at the participating universities and charitable foundations selected by the coaches, benefitting a wide range of organizations throughout the nation.
The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge is a significant contributor to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl’s overall charitable and scholarship donations, which total $21 million since 2002, making the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl college football’s most charitable bowl game.
Competing teams will play a two-man scramble format over 18 holes using confirmed handicap adjustments. Schools will be paired for a shotgun start on the first nine holes and then re-paired, based on scores, and the round will continue with consecutive tee times for the second nine holes.

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