Petersen to Participate in Charity Golf Tournament

Lynx first-year Assistant Coach Jim Petersen, along with University of Minnesota Men's Basketball Head Coach Tubby Smith will represent the University of Minnesota for a second consecutive year and compete for a share of the $350,000 scholarship purse in the annual Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge golf tournament.

The celebrity golf event will be held at the beautiful Reynolds Plantation on Lake Oconee outside Atlanta on April 28.

The field will include defending champions Steve Spurrier and Sterling Sharpe from the University of South Carolina along with an impressive list of top NCAA head coaches and celebrities. In all, 11 teams are scheduled to hit the links, all vying for the $120,000 first-place scholarship prize. Petersen and Smith shot 74 in last year’s event.

Petersen played eight seasons in the NBA for the Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors. With the Rockets, Petersen shared the frontcourt with All-stars Hakeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson. Before the NBA, Petersen played four seasons for the Minnesota Golden Gophers and was a member of the 1982 Big Ten Championship team.

The Chick-fil-A Bowl challenge features pairings that include a university head coach and a celebrity alumnus from the same school competing in a scramble format against other university teams from around the country.

In addition to the $350,000 scholarship purse, another $130,000 of the proceeds will be donated to selected charities. The Chick-fil-A Bowl leads all bowls in the country in charitable giving, including record gifts of more than $1.2 million in 2008 alone.

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