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irby Smart Set To Compete In 2024 Southern Company Peach Bowl Challenge


Leland Barrow

Senior Associate Sports Communications Director – XC, T&F, FB

University of Georgia Athletic Association


Georgia head coach Kirby Smart will represent the Bulldogs in the 17th annual Southern Company Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament held April 28 – 30 at Reynolds Lake Oconee outside of Atlanta. A field of 23 current and former college football coaches will compete for a share of a $300,000 charity purse.

 

The nation’s premier collegiate coach golf event will be played in two-man scramble format in an 18-hole tournament. The Stableford scoring system will be used to help balance handicaps and encourage aggressive play.

 

Proceeds from the competition benefit charitable foundations selected by the coaches. Coach Smart’s winnings will go to the Kirby Smart Family Foundation, which focuses on being champions in the community by supporting and giving back to needy children and families facing adversity.

 

This represents coach Smart’s eighth appearance in the Southern Company Peach Bowl Challenge as he looks to add to the $325,000 in charitable winnings he’s already won in previous events.

 

Since its creation in 2007, the event has contributed a total of $9.3 million in scholarship and charity, helping make the Peach Bowl college football’s most charitable bowl organization.

 

The current field of competitors for this year’s Peach Bowl Challenge is projected to include:


“We have another impressive field this year as some of the sport’s top coaches tee it up for charity,” Peach Bowl, Inc. CEO and President Gary Stokan said. “Many of college football’s best rivalries extend to the green in this annual tradition, but it’s the charities who are the real winners as we’re set to raise another $300,000 this year.”

 

This year’s field includes an impressive roster of college football greats that features three former Dodd Trophy winners, and a collective group of coaches who have won six FBS national championships, 42 conference championships and boast 2,229 collegiate career wins.

 

The 2024 field also features 20 coaches who have previously competed in the Southern Company Peach Bowl Challenge, while P.J. Fleck, Brent Key and Dan Lanning make their first-ever appearances in the event.

 

Pairings for the 2024 Southern Company Peach Bowl Challenge will be announced prior to the tournament.

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