Steve Spurrier and Sterling Sharpe played 4-under golf through the final three holes of the Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge at Reynolds Plantation on Tuesday, but it wasn’t enough to catch winning pair Al Golden and Gino Torretta of Miami.
Spurrier and Sharpe, who won this event in 2008 and 2009, were 10-under par and watched nervously from beside the 18th green at the Oconee Course as Golden, using a belly putter, sunk a 3-foot putt that won the event at 11-under par.
“We had a lot of fun down the stretch, and Gino hit some big putts to keep us in it,” Golden said. “We scrambled and got lucky down the stretch.”
Spurrier and Sharpe earned $65,000, which will go to a scholarship at South Carolina that is endowed by the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Golden and Torretta took home $125,000 with their victory. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and former Tiger Steve Fuller finished tied for third at 9-under and earned $50,000.
“It was good to play a little better this year,” Swinney said. “My partner extended his contract. He’s been on a one-year renewable. It’s competitive, but it’s another type of competition. It’s always fun to be around the other coaches. You don’t really get to see them very often in a setting like this.”
In Monday’s skills challenge, first-year N.C. State football coach Dave Doeren won the long drive competition in the coaches division with a drive of 292 yards. Former Georgia Tech basketball star Jon Barry won the celebrity division with a drive of 319 yards. Swinney won the closet to the pin competition at a distance of 9 feet, 5 inches, and Sean Tuohy won the celebrity division at 3 feet, 2 inches. Tuohy is a former Ole Miss basketball player who, along with his wife, adopted Michael Oher, leading to the story told in the movie “The Blind Side.”
Tebow holding up
Former Florida coach Urban Meyer, who finished 11th along with Jeff Logan at the event, has talked to former Gator star Tim Tebow since Tebow was cut by the New York Jets on Monday and said Tebow is holding up well.
“He’s doing great,” Meyer said. “Tim’s very positive. Like any young man in his situation (he’s thinking) what’s going on with his future. No one knows.”
Video: Spurrier, Sharpe at event
Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge
|1. Miami (Al Golden, Gino Torretta)||-11||$125,000|
|2. USC (Steve Spurrier, Sterling Sharpe)||-10||$65,000|
|t3. Georgia Tech (Paul Johnson, Jon Barry)||-9||$50,000|
|t3 Clemson (Dabo Swinney, Steve Fuller)||-9||$50,000|
|5. Virginia Tech (Frank Beamer, Dell Curry)||-8||$35,000|
|6. Alabama (Nick Saban, Mark Ingram)||-7||$25,000|
|7. Wake Forest (Jim Grobe, Riley Skinner)||-6||$25,000|
|t8. Auburn (Guss Malzahn, Bo Jackson)||-5||$21,667|
|t8. Miss. State (Dan Mullen, Fred McCrary)||-5||$21,667|
|t8. Ole Miss (Hugh Freeze, Sean Tuohy)||-5||$21,667|
|11. Ohio State (Urban Meyer, Jeff Logan)||-4||$20,000|
|12. North Carolina (Larry Fedora, Roy Williams)||-2||$15,000|
|13. N.C. State (Dave Doeren, Tom Gugliotta)||-1||$15,000|
|14. Syracuse (Scott Shafer, Jim Boeheim)||+2||$10,000|