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Gus Malzahn wins Closest to the Pin title at Peach Bowl Challenge
As a result of winning Monday's Closest to the Pin competition, Gus Malzahn will receive $5,000 for his selected charity, the Fort Smith Boys & Girls Club. <i>Photo: Marvin Gentry/Abell Images for Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl</i>
As a result of winning Monday's Closest to the Pin competition, Gus Malzahn will receive $5,000 for his selected charity, the Fort Smith Boys & Girls Club. Photo: Marvin Gentry/Abell Images for Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
April 30, 2018

Greensboro, Ga. – Auburn head football coach Gus Malzahn took home the Closest to the Pin title during today’s skills competition at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament.

Coach Malzahn hit the 84-yard shot 3’ 6″ from the pin to win the coach division, more than a foot and a half closer than second-place finisher, Dan Mullen from Florida. The win marks Coach Malzahn’s second Closest to the Pin title, after previously winning the competition in 2015.

“Some of these guys have for-real golf swings. It’s always fun to get out here with these guys,” said Coach Malzahn. “I hope it’s a good sign for the main competition tomorrow. I’ve played seven rounds of golf since last July, so we’ll see what happens.”

Coach Malzahn will receive $5,000 for his selected charity, the Fort Smith Boys & Girls Club, which will go toward the organization’s mission to help youth develop qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders.

The final results from the Closest to the Pin Coach Division include:

Gus Malzahn, Auburn: 3’ 6”
Dabo Swinney, Clemson: 5’ 1”
Dan Mullen, Florida: 7’ 11”
Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech: 10’ 4”
Larry Fedora, North Carolina: 11’ 8”
Dave Doeren, North Carolina State: 17’ 9”
Brian Kelly, Notre Dame: 21’
Matt Luke, Ole Miss: 33’ 7”
Pat Narduzzi, Pittsburgh: 33’ 8”

The full 11-team field of NCAA head coaches and celebrity alumni will compete in the main tournament round of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge on Tuesday for a share of $650,000 in scholarship and charity. Coaches and celebrities will also face off in the second skills contest with the Long-Drive competition Tuesday.

 

 

Since its creation in 2007, the event has contributed a total of $6.8 million in scholarship and charity, helping make the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl college football’s most charitable bowl game.

Proceeds from the event will benefit endowed scholarships at the participating universities and charitable foundations selected by the coaches, benefiting a wide range of organizations throughout the country.

The event will be broadcast on ESPN in August and December. Specific dates will be announced this summer.

For more information, visit Chick-fil-APeachBowlChallenge.com.

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