Dan Mullen is back out raising money for charity.
Two weeks ago, Mullen raised over $40,000 by finishing the Boston Marathon. Now the Mississippi State coach is competing in a sport with a slower pace.
Mullen will again team up with former Bulldogs fullback Fred McCrary for the sixth straight year in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge golf tournament at Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia.
Mullen and McCrary will compete against 12 other teams from a dozen different universities for a share of a $540,000 purse. A $100,000 prize goes to the winning team.
Last year, Mullen and McCrary finished in ninth place and raised $20,000 to add to their total of $160,000 raised for the Mullen Family 36 Foundation at the event during their five year run.
Competing teams will play a two-man scramble format over 18 holes using confirmed handicap adjustments. Schools will be paired for a shotgun start on the first nine holes and then re-paired, based on scores, and the round will continue with consecutive tee times for the second nine holes.
Mullen and McCrary will be paired against Belk Bowl opponent N.C. State featuring Dave Doeren and Terry Harvey.
Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson and Jon Barry have won the event the last two years and four of the last five.
A skills challenge will take place on Monday and the golf tournament itself gets going on Tuesday.
|GROUP 1||COACH / CELEBRITY||SELECTED CHARITY||PAIRING NOTE|
|Alabama||Nick Saban / Chris Mohr||Nick’s Kids Foundation||Links-style rematch of 2015 CFP National Championship|
|Clemson||Dabo Swinney / Steve Fuller||Dabo’s All In Team Foundation|
|GROUP 2||COACH / CELEBRITY||SELECTED CHARITY||PAIRING NOTE|
|Georgia||Kirby Smart / David Dukes||CURE Childhood Cancer||On-the-course preview of the 2016 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.|
|North Carolina||Larry Fedora / B. J. Surhoff||UNC Children’s Hospital|
|GROUP 3||COACH / CELEBRITY||SELECTED CHARITY||PAIRING NOTE|
|Auburn||Gus Malzahn / Bo Jackson||Open Hands Overflowing Hearts||A classic football rivalry dating to 1892. Auburn leads the series 47-41-4.|
|Georgia Tech||Camp Twin Lakes|
|GROUP 4||COACH / CELEBRITY||SELECTED CHARITY||PAIRING NOTE|
|South Carolina||Steve Spurrier / Sterling Sharpe||HBC Foundation||The “Masters Group,” honoring two former winners of the Challenge.|
|Virginia Tech||Frank Beamer / Cam Young||Herma’s Readers|
|GROUP 5||COACH / CELEBRITY||SELECTED CHARITY||PAIRING NOTE|
|Cincinnati||Tommy Tuberville / J. K. Schaffer||Tommy Tuberville Foundation||Current American Athletic Conference foes with 2015 CFA Peach Bowl champs.|
|Houston||Tom Herman / Andre Ware||Autism Speaks|
|GROUP 6||COACH / CELEBRITY||SELECTED CHARITY||PAIRING NOTE|
|Miss. State||Dan Mullen / Fred McCrary||Mullen Family 36 Foundation||The pair has faced off six times (3-3) since 1930.|
|N.C. State||Dave Doeren / Terry Harvey||Wake County Special Ed. Services|
|GROUP 7||COACH / CELEBRITY||PAIRING NOTE||SELECTED CHARITY|
|Ole Miss||Hugh Freeze / Wesley Walls||2014 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game Champions||Hugh and Jill Freeze Foundation|