Courtesy of the Chick-fil-A Bowl
GREENSBORO, Ga. â€“ Florida State University head coach Jimbo Fisher and former â€˜Noles defensive back Terrell Buckley combined to shoot a seven-under-par 65 to win the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament Tuesday at the Reynolds Plantation resort outside Atlanta.
Buckley holed a 15-foot, right-breaking putt for birdie on 18 to move to -7 and hold off a charging Georgia Tech team down the stretch. The Yellow Jackets finished one back at -6, and two-time defending champion South Carolina finished third at -5.
â€œWe regrouped on the back nine and strung together a few birdies,â€ FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher said. â€œThen we made that big putt on 18. It was very competitive out there and just a super event.â€
â€œItâ€™s a lot of fun when you get a chance to get out on the course and compete,â€ Buckley added. â€œYou want to test your game and we certainly did that today.â€
The Seminole team took home $120,000 in scholarship donations for FSU in their winning effort. In total, the Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge contributed $400,000 in scholarship money to the 12 universities that competed. Over the last four years, the event has combined to give more than $1.8 million in scholarship and charitable donations.
â€œWe really had a spectacular day on the golf course today and this incredible group of coaches and celebrities represented their universities in a first-class way,â€ said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Bowl president and CEO. â€œBut the privilege was all ours in being able to give so much back to these great schools and great competitors.â€
â€œThis was tremendous,â€ Fisher said, â€œgiving back to kids, giving scholarships and helping further their education, thatâ€™s what weâ€™re all in this for. This has really been first-class and we thank the Chick-fil-A Bowl for having us.â€
The Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge featured pairings that included a university head coach and a celebrity or former athlete from the same school competing in a scramble format against other university teams from the ACC and SEC.
The final standings and scholarship winnings were as follows:
Team Score Winnings
Florida State (Jimbo Fisher/Terrell Buckley) -7 $120,000
Georgia Tech (Paul Johnson/Jon Barry) -6 $60,000
South Carolina (Steve Spurrier/Sterling Sharpe) -5 $50,000
North Carolina (Butch Davis/Natrone Means) -4 $40,000
N.C. State (Sidney Lowe/Monte Towe) -2 $30,000
Alabama (Nick Saban/Steve Sloan) +1 $17,500
Maryland (Ralph Friedgen/Stan Gelbaugh) +1 $17,500
Vanderbilt (Bobby Johnson/Will Perdue) +1 $17,500
Wake Forest (Jim Grobe/Billy Packer) +1 $17,500
Ole Miss (Houston Nutt/Wesley Walls) +2 $10,000
Clemson (Dabo Swinney/Dwight Clark) +3 $10,000
Virginia Tech (Frank Beamer/Brad Clontz) +4 $10,000
The nationâ€™s premier head coach and celebrity golf event was held Tuesday at the beautiful Reynolds Plantation resort on Lake Oconee outside Atlanta.
In addition to the $400,000 scholarship purse, an additional $135,000 was donated to Chick-fil-Aâ€™s WinShape Homes, a long-term foster care program. The Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge is a significant contributor to the Chick-fil-A Bowlâ€™s overall annual charitable and scholarship donations. The Chick-fil-A Bowl leads all bowls in the country in charitable giving, including gifts of more than $5.8 million since 2002.
The tournament was taped by ESPN for broadcast in the fall. The date of the broadcast will be announced this summer.
Past winners: 2009 South Carolina (Spurrier/Sharpe / -12, playoff winners), 2008 South Carolina (Spurrier/Sharpe / -12), 2007 Virginia Tech (Beamer/Dell Curry / -10).