Brian Kelly and Jimmy Dunne to compete in 2018 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge

Greensboro, Ga. (April 19, 2018) – Notre Head Coach Brian Kelly and alumnus Jimmy Dunne will represent the Irish in the 12th annual Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament. Coach Kelly will make his first appearance in the event as he looks to compete for a share of a $650,000 total purse. The team’s winnings will be split between an endowed scholarship at the University of Notre Dame and the Kelly Cares Foundation.

The Kelly Cares Foundation, now in its tenth year, was founded with the objective of supporting organizations, initiatives, and programs that closely align with the goals and values of the Kelly family. The Kelly Cares Foundation strengthens communities and inspires hope by investing resources to improve health and education. The foundation has established itself as a “Playbook for Hope” in its local Indiana community and beyond as it seeks to provide direct and immediate assistance for as many people as possible. Since its founding in 2008, the Kelly Cares Foundation has donated more than $4.2 million to support causes locally, nationally and globally.

The nation’s premier head coach and celebrity golf event will be held April 29 to May 2 at Reynolds Lake Oconee resort outside Atlanta. Proceeds from the event benefit endowed scholarships at the participating universities and charitable foundations selected by the coaches. Since its creation in 2007, the event has contributed a total of $6.8 million in scholarship and charity, helping make the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl college football’s most charitable bowl game.

The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge main event features pairings that include a university head coach and a former athlete or prominent alumnus from the same school competing in a scramble format against other university teams from around the country. The event will be broadcast on ESPN in August and December. Specific dates will be announced this summer.

This year’s Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge will also feature an inaugural Legends Tournament, consisting of 10 former coaches who will be vying for a share of a $50,000 purse that will go toward their selected charities. 

The main event field of competitors is scheduled to include the four-time winning pair of Paul Johnson and Jon Barry of Georgia Tech (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015), as well as first-time appearances from Brian Kelly of Notre Dame and Matt Luke of Ole Miss. In total, both the main event and Legends Tournament include an impressive roster of college football greats that features two Heisman Trophy winners, eight DoddTrophy winners, and a total of 10 FBS National Championships won by the head coaches.

The current field of competitors for the main event is projected to include:

Nick Saban
Mark Ingram
Nick's Kids  Foundation
Gus Malzahn
Al Del Greco
Fort Smith Boys and Girls Club
Dabo Swinney
 Steve Fuller
Dabo's All in Team Foundation
Dan Mullen
Judd Davis
Mullen Family "36" Foundation
Kirby Smart
David Dukes
The Kirby Smart Family Foundation
Georgia Tech
Paul Johnson
Jon Barry
The Methodist Home of the South Georgia Conference, Inc.
North Carolina
Larry Fedora
Roy Williams
UNC Children's Hospital
N.C. State
Dave Doeren
Terry Harvey
Wake County Special Needs
Notre Dame
Brian Kelly
Jimmy Dunne
Kelly Cares Foundation
Ole Miss
Matt Luke
Wesley Walls
Ole Miss FCA
 Pat Narduzzi
John Congemi  
Pat Narduzzi Football Camp


Additionally, the inaugural Legends Tournament will feature the following coaches playing for their respective charities:

Frank Beamer
Virginia Tech
Herma's Readers
Mack Brown
North Carolina, Texas
The Rise School of Austin  
Ralph Friedgen
College of Charleston Foundation
Chan Gailey
Georgia Tech
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Jim Grobe
Wake Forest, Baylor
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Bobby Johnson
College Football Playoff Foundation
Tom O’ Brien
Boston College, N.C. State
U.S.M.C. Toys for Tots
Steve Spurrier
Duke, Florida, South Carolina
HBC Foundation
Bob Stoops
HBC Champions Foundation
Tommy Tuberville
Ole Miss, Auburn, Texas Tech, Cincinnati
Tommy Tuberville Foundation



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Posted on April 25, 2018