Saban, Ingram Team Up In Golf Event

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Alabama Coach Nick Saban and former Crimson Tide Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram are going to team up again later this month, but it won't be on the football field. They will represent Bama in an 11-team field of coaches and celebrity alumni in the eighth annual Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament.



Alabama Coach Nick Saban is the headliner among coaches who will play for a share of a $520,000 scholarship purse for their universities April 27-29 at the Reynolds Plantation resort on Lake Oconee outside Atlanta. In the past seven years, the Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge has provided more than $4 million in scholarship and charitable contributions.

Saban is an avid out-of-season golfer. When Mark Ingram played at Alabama, he revealed that (in his opinion) golf was his best sport. He now plays for the New Orleans Saints.

"This event is really a celebration of college football, with National Coaches of the Year, Heisman Trophy winners and celebrity alumni, all representing their universities in a competition for scholarship money for their schools," said Gary Stokan, president and CEO of the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

The main event features pairings that include a university head coach and a celebrity or former athlete from the same school competing in a scramble format against other university teams from around the country. The tournament will be broadcast by ESPN in August and December.

Over the three-day event, several tournament rounds will be played in addition to the televised round of coaches and celebrities. The field of competitors for the featured round is scheduled to include three former winning teams including Paul Johnson and Jon Barry of Georgia Tech (2011, 2012), Steve Spurrier and Sterling Sharpe from South Carolina (2008, 2009), and Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer (2007). A new addition to this year's field of competitors is Team Cincinnati, featuring Head Coach Tommy Tuberville and celebrity partner J.K. Schaffer, a linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals.

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