Spurrier, Sharpe Win Chick-Fil-A Golf Tourney
Chick Fila - Golf Challenge

Posted Apr 30, 2009

Gamecock's Head Coach Defends Chick-Fil-A Golf Title

By: BE Coleman

Steve Spurrier and team mate Sterling Sharpe defended their return to the fairways in the Chick-Fila Bowl Scholarship Golf Challenge. Spurrier and Sharpe teamed to win the tourney last season, showed no mercy to fellow rival SEC coaches in 2009.

The going was a bit tougher in this season's challenge. The ACC led by Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer forced a playoff between the two schools.

In regulation play, Sterling Sharp holed a dramatic 10-foot putt on the 18th hole to force the playoff with Frank Beamer and Dell Curry representing the ACC Hokies.

After repeating the 18th hole, the teams were still tied and a four-shot closest-to-the-pin competition decided the championship. From 150 yards, Beamer's approach finished 23 feet from the cup. Sharpe then stroked his approach to win by five feet.

"It was a fun day today. Sterling made a bunch of crucial putts down the stretch and I pitched in there a little" said Spurrier. "I think this was the first playoff that I've ever won, and I've been in a few," of them.

The pair of Gamecocks took $120K back to Columbia, SC from the scholarship purse for the university.

Alabama's Nick Saban and Johnny Musso battled to a third place tie with Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson and Jon Barry. The four men each took $37.5K back to their respective schools.

The Ole Miss combination of Houston Nutt and Kris Mangum took sixth place honors and a paycheck for $17.5K back to Oxford. Kentucky's Rich Brooks and Jared Lorenzen teamed up for 8th place, finishing -4 under, good for $15K in earnings.

Vanderbilt's Bobby Johnson and his partner Will Perdue finished 9th at -2 under that saw them leave with a check for $10K back to Nashville.

The six coaches earned $200.5K for their respective schools in this years challenge.

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