JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Golfers can tee it up with famous athletes and coaches June 24 at Johns Creek’s Atlanta Athletic Club for the Bobby Dodd Memorial Tournament. The charity tournament will feature some of the most prolific names in college and professional athletics who will be paired with attendees for the scramble tournament.
The tournament, now in its 24th year, honors legendary Georgia Tech football coach Bobby Dodd, who led the Yellow Jackets to 165 wins and the 1952 national title in his 22-year tenure as head coach. The event has also raised nearly $1 million for the Bobby Dodd Charities Foundation.
Each foursome will be paired with a celebrity to play a round at Atlanta Athletic with a shotgun start at 10:30 a.m. Some athletes and coaches expected to attend include former Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year recipients Tommy Tuberville, former Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe and former Georgia coach Ray Goff.
Athletes include former Atlanta Brave Phil Niekro, Jesse Tuggle, Buddy Curry and Brian Finneran of the Atlanta Falcons, Kevin Butler of UGA, and Georgia Tech’s Randy Rhino and Coleman Rudolph.
Shane Kimbrough, a Georgia Tech graduate and former commander of the International Space Station, will also be in attendance.
“There are a lot of charity golf events, but I always make time for the Bobby Dodd outing because it’s really rewarding and all for a good cause,” said Tony Barnhardt of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “It also keeps the memory of Bobby Dodd alive for his former players and coaches who are very loyal to him. He was a special, special man.”
That sentiment was shared by Bill Curry, who played under Dodd before a ten-year tenure as a center in the NFL. Curry also served as the head football coach at Georgia Tech, Alabama, Kentucky and Georgia State.
“Bobby Dodd had a huge impact on who I am today,” Curry said. “He was a great coach, and he won a lot of games, but more importantly he gave me a mission in life. Everything Dodd taught me I have shared with the thousands of young men I’ve coached over the years.”
Jim Terry, Bobby Dodd Foundation chairman, said Atlanta Athletic Club is a pristine venue for the tournament. The club has hosted the tournament each year since 2014.
“Atlanta Athletic has done a fantastic job, and we’ve had great success there,” Terry said. “We are looking to make Atlanta Athletic the home of the tournament.”
Terry said the Bobby Dodd tournament is all about having a good time.
“It’s a really fun tournament, no one gets too serious about anything,” Terry said. “And of course, it’s for a good cause. Every year we raise between $65,000 and $100,000 dollars that all goes back to Atlanta-based charities.”
Registration and breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by an introduction of the celebrities and a shotgun start at 10:30. Following play, a buffet dinner will be served, teams will be given awards and a silent auction will be held.
A unique feature to the tournament is the helicopter ball drop which will take place in the afternoon. Any attendee can purchase golf balls that will be dropped from a helicopter hovering above a hole with a cash prize given to the person whose ball ends up closest to the pin.
For more information, visit Doddgolf.org.