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.

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