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Spurrier, Sharpe to defend golf title

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier and former USC and NFL All-Pro receiver Sterling Sharpe will represent the Gamecocks and compete for a share of the $350,000 scholarship purse in the annual Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge golf tournament.

The head coach and celebrity golf event is April 28 at the Reynolds Plantation on Lake Oconee outside Atlanta.

Eleven teams are scheduled to hit the links, all vying for the $120,000 first-place scholarship prize the duo from USC won at last year’s event.

“Don’t expect this to be a nice way for the coaches to unwind after spring practice,” Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Bowl president and CEO, said in a news release. “These guys are very competitive and we fully expect that spirit to carry over to the golf course. We’re looking for a great event with some low scores and a lot of money heading back to these schools for scholarship.”

The current field of coaches and celebrities includes:

-- Alabama: Nick Saban and Johnny Musso

-- Georgia Tech: Paul Johnson and Jon Barry

-- Kentucky: Rich Brooks and Jared Lorenzen

-- Maryland: Ralph Friedgen and Neil O’Donnell

-- Minnesota: Tubby Smith and Jim Petersen

-- Mississippi: Houston Nutt and Kris Mangum

-- N.C. State: Sidney Lowe and Monte Towe

-- South Carolina: Steve Spurrier and Sterling Sharpe

-- Vanderbilt: Bobby Johnson and Will Perdue

-- Virginia Tech: Frank Beamer and Dell Curry

-- Wake Forest: Jim Grobe and Billy Packer

More teams could be added to the event.

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