Monday, April 12, 2021

Freeze And Walls Bring Home Trophy And 100K From 2017 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge

Abell Images for the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge

Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze and former Rebel TE Wesley Walls competed in the 2017 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge yesterday, and for the second straight year, Ole Miss brought home the hardware.
Thanks to five straight birdies to close out the day, Team Ole Miss edged out Team Florida, made up of Steve Spurrier and Shane Matthews, by two strokes. Freeze and Walls finished with a -11 final score at the challenge located at Reynolds Lake Oconee Resort in Georgia. 
More important than the trophy, also coming back with Freeze and Walls is a check for $100,000 which will be split between the university and the Freeze Foundation. The $50k given to the University will help fund several scholarship programs. The $50k will be used by the foundation to continue to fund projects begun by the foundation in Haiti. Executive director of the Freeze Foundation, Alice Blackmon, expressed her gratitude for the opportunities this award will allow them to accomplish. 
“We are beyond grateful and blessed to be honored as the winning beneficiary receiving $50,000 toward our mission of sharing God’s love with orphans and needy children around the world,” Blackmon said. “We look forward to using the winnings to continue to financially support our partners in Haiti, 410 Bridge.” 
The foundation will also begin a new campaign to help keep the foundation’s adopted community a self-sustained community and is reaching out for help. 
“We are also launching a fundraising campaign asking those who felt led to help us match Coach Freeze’s prize to complete our farming project in Haiti,” Blackmon said. “As a result, our adopted community, Camp Marie, will be considered a self-sustainable, fruitful community with clean drinking water and plentiful crops.”
To donate, please visit or contact Alice Blackmon at
On the golf side of things, Freeze talked about the way he and Walls competed after coming out victorious. 
“It was a gorgeous day, and Wesley and I really played well together,” Freeze said. “We really never got in trouble. If I hit a bad one, Wesley hit a good one and vice versa.” 
For a full list of standings from the challenge, click here

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