Seven months after leading his football team to a win over Georgia Tech, Miami coach Al Golden denied the Yellow Jackets again in a different venue. At the Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge, a golf tournament featuring 14 college coaches and their celebrity partners, Golden and Heisman Trophy winner Gino Torretta were champions Tuesday at Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro.
At 11 under par in the scramble format, the Miami team was one shot ahead of South Carolina (coach Steve Spurrier and former football star Sterling Sharpe) and two in front of Tech (coach Paul Johnson and former basketball great Jon Barry) and Clemson (coach Dabo Swinney and former football star Steve Fuller). Johnson and Barry, the two-time defending champions, still won $50,000 for Tech scholarship’s fund.
The field included four Heisman Trophy winners — Alabama’s Mark Ingram, Auburn’s Bo Jackson, Spurrier and Torretta. Other notable celebrity partners included North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams and Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim.
Barry won Monday’s celebrity long-drive competition for the third consecutive year with a 319-yard bomb. N.C. State coach Dave Doeren won the coaches competition with a 292-yard drive.