Dabo Swinney Paired with Paul Johnson in 2023 Southern Company Peach Bowl Challenge 

Nation’s premier collegiate coach golf event to raise $300,000 for charity

Greensboro, Ga. (May 1, 2023) – The Southern Company Peach Bowl Challenge today announced the official pairings for its 16th annual charity golf tournament. A nine-team field of current and former college football coaches will compete for a share of the $300,000 charity purse May 2 at Reynolds Lake Oconee outside Atlanta. 

Pairings were determined by balancing handicaps between teams. The nation’s premier collegiate coach golf event will be played in Two Man Scramble format with Stableford scoring in an 18-hole tournament. 

Proceeds from the event benefit charitable foundations selected by the coaches. The first-place duo will split $65,000 between the two winning coaches’ charities, while the remainder of the purse will be divided based on the finish of the other teams. 

Since its creation in 2007, the event has contributed a total of $9 million in scholarship and charity, helping make the Peach Bowl college football’s most charitable bowl organization. 

Official pairings for this year’s Southern Company Peach Bowl Challenge will include:

Team 1 
Kirby Smart Georgia The Kirby Smart Family Foundation
Steve SpurrierDuke, Florida, South Carolina HBC Foundation 
Team 2
Dabo SwinneyClemsonAll In Team Foundation 
Paul Johnson Navy, Georgia TechPaul and Susan Johnson Family Foundation
Team 3
Shane BeamerSouth Carolina The Beamer Family Foundation
Tom O’BrienBoston College, NC State National Medal of Honor Leadership & Education Center
Team 4
Mike NorvellFlorida StateKeep Climbing Family Foundation 
Bobby JohnsonVanderbilt Sea Island Habitat for Humanity
Team 5
Pat NarduzziPittUPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Chan GaileyGeorgia TechFellowship of Christian Athletes- Georgia Region 
Team 6
Dino BabersSyracuseDick Tomey Legacy Fund- Positive Coaching Alliance
Rick NeuheiselColorado, Washington, UCLAWedgewood Charity
Team 7
Eliah DrinkwitzMizzouCarePortal
Jim GrobeOhio, Wake Forest, Baylor Fisher DeBerry Foundation
Team 8
Jeff MonkenArmy Legacies Alive
Randy EdsallMaryland, UConnEdsall Family Foundation 
Team 9
Urban MeyerBowling Green, Utah, Florida, Ohio StateUrban And Shelley Meyer Family Foundation 
Dan MullenMississippi State, FloridaMullen Family 36 Foundation


About Peach Bowl, Inc.:

Peach Bowl, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization that operates the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, the Southern Company Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament, and manages The Dodd Trophy national coach of the year award. It is the ninth-oldest bowl game in the country and is recognized as college football’s most charitable bowl organization, having donated more than $61 million to organizations in need since 2002. Visit Chick-fil-APeachBowl.com for more information.

Peach Bowl, Inc Events:

The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is one of the New Year’s Six bowls selected to host the College Football Playoff including a CFP Semifinal every third year and top-ranked teams from around the country in the other two years of each three-year cycle. Over its 54 years, the game has drawn 3.2 million fans in attendance, a total television audience of 232 million viewers on ESPN, delivered $233.1 million in team payouts, and has created $840 million in direct economic impact for Atlanta and Georgia.

Our Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game is the nation’s longest-running kickoff game and has reshaped the opening weekend in college football. Over 19 games since 2008, the game has regularly hosted the nation’s top teams and has drawn 1.26 million fans, 98.8 million television viewers, distributed $114 million in team payouts and created an additional $549.3 million in economic impact.

The Southern Company Peach Bowl Challenge is the nation’s premier charity golf tournament featuring top current and former college football coaches. Hosted at the beautiful Reynolds Lake Oconee resort outside Atlanta each spring, the event has generated $9 million for the various foundations and charities supported by its coaches.

The Dodd Trophy Presented by PNC is college football’s most coveted national coaching award. Named for legendary Georgia Tech coach Bobby Dodd, The Dodd Trophy annually honors the FBS football coach whose program represents three pillars of success: scholarship, leadership and integrity.

About Southern Company:

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy provider serving 9 million residential and commercial customers across the Southeast and beyond through its family of companies. Providing clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy with excellent service is our mission. The company has electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company, a leading distributed energy distribution company with national capabilities, a fiber optics network and telecommunications services. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, resilience and sustainability, we are taking action to meet customers’ and communities’ needs while advancing our goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and are the key to our sustained success. We are transforming energy into economic, environmental and social progress for tomorrow. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have earned the company national awards and recognition from numerous organizations, including Forbes, The Military Times, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, J.D. Power, Fortune, Human Rights Campaign and more. To learn more, visit www.southerncompany.com.

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