Georgia Tech Blog

A sports blog about the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Johnson, Barry win Chick-fil-A golf tournament for 4th time


Georgia Tech football coach Paul Johnson and former Tech basketball star Jon Barry won the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge, a charity golf tournament, yet again Wednesday. Johnson and Barry bested a field of13 football coaches and their celebrity playing partners for a fourth time, winning $100,000 to be given to charity and the Tech scholarship fund. Johnson and Barry won for the second year in a row and fourth time in the past five years.

The Johnson/Barry team won at Reynolds Plantation in a four-team playoff, eliminating N.C. State (Dave Doeren and Terry Harvey), South Carolina (Steve Spurrier and Sterling Sharpe) and finally Alabama (Nick Saban, Mark Ingram) on the fourth sudden-death hole.

The playoff followed after each team finished 18 holes at 9-under-par (scramble format). Johnson and Barry eagled on 17 and birdied 18 to get to 9-under to get into the playoff.

“Well, I rode Jon pretty hard today, but in the end, we were able to grind it out,” Johnson said in the news release. “I didn’t think we had much of a chance after the front nine, but Jon hit some really good shots and we found a way.”

Johnson and Barry have earned $682,500 in winnings at the event.

It was evidence again of Johnson's legendary competitive streak and his considerable golf game. He said in 2013 that he is a 7-handicap, though he plays little or not at all from August through April and then about twice a week May through July. Growing up in Newland, N.C., he learned the game through caddying.


Reader Comments ...


About the Author

Ken Sugiura covers Georgia Tech sports for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.