April 28, 2015
GREENSBORO, Ga. — Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson and Jon Barry successfully defended their 2014 title by outlasting Alabama’s Nick Saban and Mark Ingram in a four-hole playoff in the 2015 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge.
Tech’s duo took home the one-stroke victory on the fourth and final playoff during Tuesday’s charity golf tournament at Reynolds Plantation.
The Yellow Jackets’ victory is their second straight and fourth in the last five years. Johnson and Barry took home $100,000 in charity and scholarship with their win, and have now accumulated $682,500 in total winnings at the event.
“Well, I rode Jon pretty hard today, but in the end, we were able to grind it out,” Johnson said after the round. “I didn’t think we had much of a chance after the front nine, but Jon hit some really good shots and we found a way.”
Georgia Tech, Alabama, South Carolina and NC State all finished the 18 holes at 9-under before the four met in the playoff. NC State was eliminated on the first playoff hole with a bogey; South Carolina on the second playoff hole with a bogey. Alabama and Georgia Tech both carded a par on the third playoff hole before the Crimson Tide bowed out with a bogey on the final hole.
“We battled them, but they played well. It was great to be in the final competition,” Saban said of his round with Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram. “You have to be a long hitter and Mark hit some great shots out there. It was a lot of fun.”
Johnson and Barry closed with an eagle on 17 and a birdie on 18 to get to 9-under and join the playoff.
After the first nine, old nemeses Saban and Spurrier led the field at (6-under) with their teammates Mark Ingram and Sterling Sharpe, respectively. Saban led the Alabama team to an eagle on the par-4, hole number three, while Spurrier and Sharpe eagled the par-4 second, to finish strong at the top of the leaderboard as they headed into the Club House at Oconee.
NC State’s Doeren and Harvey birdied their final five holes to pull within one stroke of the leaders and forcing a three-way tie for second place at (5-under) with Maryland’s Edsall and McBrien and Arizona’s Rodriguez and Lofton, with only nine holes left to play. All together, the 13-team field combined for six eagles and 27 birdies in the first nine holes.
The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge is the country’s premier head coach and celebrity charity golf event featuring NCAA head coaches and former athletes and celebrities from the same school competing against their rivals for a share of a $520,000 scholarship purse.
In addition to the $520,000 charity and scholarship purse, another $113,305 was generated for charitable organizations including the American Diabetes Association. Over the last nine years, the event has contributed a total of $5.3 million in scholarship and charity, helping make the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl college football’s most charitable bowl game.
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PAST CHICK-FIL-A PEACH BOWL CHALLENGE CHAMPIONS
2007 Virginia Tech (Frank Beamer / Dell Curry) -10, 1 stroke
2008 South Carolina (Steve Spurrier / Sterling Sharpe) -12, 5 strokes
2009 South Carolina (Steve Spurrier / Sterling Sharpe) -12, 1 stroke
2010 Florida State (Jimbo Fisher / Terrell Buckley) -7, 1 stroke
2011 Georgia Tech (Paul Johnson / Jon Barry) -11, 3 strokes
2012 Georgia Tech (Paul Johnson / Jon Barry) -10, 1 stroke
2013 Miami (Al Golden / Gino Torretta) -11, 1 stroke
2014 Georgia Tech (Paul Johnson / Jon Barry) -13, 4 strokes
2015 Georgia Tech (Paul Johnson / Jon Barry) -9, 1 stroke