Fisher, Buckley win Chick-fil-A Challenge

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher and former Seminoles defensive back Terrell Buckley combined to shoot a 7-under-par 65 to win the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament Tuesday at the Reynolds Plantation resort outside Atlanta.

Buckley holed a 15-foot, right-breaking putt for birdie on 18 to move to -7 and hold off a charging Georgia Tech team down the stretch. The Yellow Jackets finished one back at -6, and two-time defending champion South Carolina (Steve Spurrier and Sterling Sharpe) finished third at -5.

“We regrouped on the back nine and strung together a few birdies,” Fisher said. “Then we made that big putt on 18. It was very competitive out there and just a super event.”

“It’s a lot of fun when you get a chance to get out on the course and compete,” Buckley added. “You want to test your game and we certainly did that today.”

The Seminoles team took home $120,000 in scholarship donations for FSU in its winning effort. In total, the Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge contributed $400,000 in scholarship money to the 12 universities that competed. Over the past four years, the event has combined to give more than $1.8 million in scholarship and charitable donations.

“We really had a spectacular day on the golf course today and this incredible group of coaches and celebrities represented their universities in a first-class way,” said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Bowl president and CEO. “But the privilege was all ours in being able to give so much back to these great schools and great competitors.”

“This was tremendous,” Fisher said. “Giving back to kids, giving scholarships and helping further their education, that’s what we’re all in this for. This has really been first-class and we thank the Chick-fil-A Bowl for having us.”

The Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge featured pairings that included a university head coach and a celebrity or former athlete from the same school competing in a scramble format against other university teams from the ACC and SEC.