November 26, 2015

Steve Spurrier edges Dabo Swinney on the links

Steve Spurrier had just enough to top his rival from the Upstate Tuesday.

Steve Spurrier had just enough to top his rival from the Upstate Tuesday.

Steve Spurrier and Sterling Sharpe came up one stroke short of winning the share of the Chick-Fil-A Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament, but they did manage to edge Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and Steve Fuller. Oh, and Jim Boeheim apparently is not such a great golfer. So there you go.

Here’s how it went down per tournament officials:

Miami’s 11-under-par round was one better than the Steve Spurrier and Sterling Sharpe duo and just good enough to earn the victory in the 14-team field and take home the first-place scholarship prize of $125,000.

Team Miami finished the front nine with five straight birdies to make the turn at -8, one shot ahead of two-time-defending champion Georgia Tech and two shots clear of South Carolina.

The Hurricanes and Yellow Jackets played stroke-for-stroke on the back nine until Miami pulled ahead with birdies on 16 and 17. The Gamecocks went birdie-eagle-birdie over the final three holes to make a run at Miami, but fell just short when Al Golden holed a five-foot putt for par on 18.

“South Carolina and Georgia Tech are really good teams. We had a lot of fun down the stretch and Gino hit some big putts to keep us in it,” Miami head coach Al Golden said. “We scrambled and got lucky down the stretch.”

“Hitting that 30-footer for par on 15 and another big putt on 17 were huge. We didn’t know they were so close on our heels until we finished 17,” Gino Torretta said. “We just tried to stay within ourselves and we kept the ball in play. It just seemed to work today.”

Final official results from the 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge including scholarship winnings:


  • 1 Miami (Al Golden, Gino Torretta) -11 $125,000
  • 2 South Carolina (Steve Spurrier, Sterling Sharpe) -10 $65,000
  • 3 (T) Georgia Tech (Paul Johnson, Jon Barry) -9 $50,000
  • 3 (T) Clemson (Dabo Swinney, Steve Fuller) -9 $50,000
  • 5 Virginia Tech (Frank Beamer, Dell Curry) -8 $35,000
  • 6 Alabama (Nick Saban, Mark Ingram) -7 $25,000
  • 7 Wake Forest (Jim Grobe, Riley Skinner) -6 $25,000
  • 8 (T) Auburn (Guss Malzahn, Bo Jackson) -5 $21,667
  • 8 (T) Miss. State (Dan Mullen, Fred McCrary) -5 $21,667
  • 8 (T) Ole Miss (Hugh Freeze, Sean Tuohy) -5 $21,667
  • 11 Ohio State (Urban Meyer, Jeff Logan) -4 $20,000
  • 12 North Carolina (Larry Fedora, Roy Williams) -2 $15,000
  • 13 NC State (Dave Doeren, Tom Gugliotta) -1 $15,000
  • 14 Syracuse (Scott Shafer, Jim Boeheim) +2 $10,000

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  1. A buddy of mine played golf at Syracuse back in the day. He told me that Boeheim was his golf coach. No wonder my buddy can’t play worth a crap.