It’s just a golf tournament in late April, but you know Paul Johnson is enjoying the heck out of this.
For the fourth time in five years, the Georgia Tech head coach and former basketball player Jon Barry led the Yellow Jackets to victory in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge.
“Well, I rode Jon pretty hard today, but in the end, we were able to grind it out,” Johnson said in a statement. “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.”
After 18 grueling holes of play, Georgia Tech found itself knotted in a three-way tie with Alabama (Nick Saban/Mark Ingram), N.C. State (Dave Doeren/Terry Harvey) and South Carolina (Steve Spurrier/Sterling Sharpe). The four squads entered a sudden death playoff, where N.C. State was eliminated after a bogey on the first hole, and South Carolina followed suit on the second hole.
Alabama and Georgia Tech both carded pars on the third hole, and the Yellow Jackets claimed victory on the fourth hole following a Crimson Tide bogey.
The greatest active dynasty in college sports is the Chick-fil-A golf tandem of Paul Johnson and Jon Barry.
— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) April 29, 2015
“We battled them, but they played well. It was great to be in the final competition,” Saban said. “You have to be a long hitter and Mark hit some great shots out there. It was a lot of fun.”
The win marks three straight victories for Johnson over his favorite conference to beat; Georgia Tech closed the 2014 regular season with an overtime win over Georgia and then toppled Mississippi State in the Orange Bowl.
Georgia Tech’s victory claimed $100,000 in scholarship money. Alabama netted $65,000, with South Carolina and N.C. State following at $50,000 and $45,000, respectively. For those wondering – and we know you are – Cincinnati (Tommy Tuberville/Kevin Huber) and North Carolina (Larry Fedora/Roy Williams) tied for last place at +2. They each brought home a measly $20,000 in scholarship monies.
Elsewhere, Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze won the coaches’ longest drive competition, while Auburn’s Gus Malzahn claimed the coaches’ closest to the pin prize. Each won an additional $5,000 scholarship for their schools.