Top NCAA Head Coaches and Celebrities Meet their Rivals on the Links

Chick-fil-A Bowl Alma Mater at Reynolds Plantation Offers $375,000 Scholarship Purse

Ralph Friedgen will take part in the 2007 Chick-fil-A Alma Mater golf tournament.

April 10, 2008

GREENSBORO, Ga. - On April 29, the Chick-fil-A Bowl Alma Mater at Reynolds Plantation, the nation's premier head coach and celebrity golf event, will again assemble a "who's who" list of teams competing against their rivals for a $375,000 scholarship purse.

The field will include defending champions Frank Beamer and Dell Curry of Virginia Tech and an impressive list of top NCAA head coaches and celebrities. In all, 14 teams are scheduled to hit the links - all vying for the $100,000 first-place prize.

Newly added teams from Boston College - including head football coach Jeff Jagodinski and actor Chris O'Donnell - and UConn - with head basketball coach Jim Calhoun and former NBA forward Donny Marshall - will help make this the most elite coach and celebrity golf event in the country.

Other returning players include Ralph Friedgen (Maryland), Jim Grobe (Wake Forest), Mark Richt (Georgia), Nick Saban (Alabama), Steve Spurrier (South Carolina) and Tommy Tuberville (Auburn).

More new teams will be announced in the weeks leading up to the event.

"This field of coaches and celebrities is simply awesome," said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Bowl president. "One thing is for sure, this year's match will be even more toughly contested than last year's. These guys are coming out here to win."

The Chick-fil-A Bowl Alma Mater at Reynolds Plantation features pairings that include a university head coach and a celebrity alumnus from the same school competing in a scramble format against other university teams from around the country.

The celebrity round will be taped for broadcast and aired nationally by CBS from 2 - 4 p.m. (ET) on Christmas Day. The made-for-TV portion is being produced by Savlov Consulting, Inc.

"Reynolds Plantation is excited to be hosting, for a second year, the Chick-fil-A Bowl Alma Mater at Reynolds Plantation - designated the "Best of the Best" golf community by Robb Report," said Bob Mauragas, vice president of golf operations at Reynolds Plantation. "The powerful combination of this wonderful event broadcast on CBS on Christmas Day and the championship golf course, The Oconee, designed by Rees Jones, makes this an unparalleled partnership."

In addition to the $375,000 scholarship purse, another $50,000 of the proceeds will be donated to the Reynolds Foundation.

"We are blessed to be in a position to give back through this event and continue our support of college scholarships and our community by donating a total of $425,000 back to the participating universities and the Reynolds Foundation," Stokan said.

For more information on the event, visit

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