Paul Johnson: golfer extraordinaire


Bo might know long drives, but Paul knows winning golf tournaments.

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson proved once again he knows his way around a golf course, teaming with Jon Barry to win their second straight Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament Tuesday outside Atlanta. Talk about home-course advantage.

Johnson and Barry have won the tournament four times in the last five years.

And by the looks of it, Johnson takes his golf pretty seriously. Game face is securely on, even after the playoff victory.

Georgia Tech finished in a four-way tie with Alabama, South Carolina and the NC State team of Dave Doeren and Terry Harvey. NC State bowed out on the first hole; the Jackets ended up beating the Alabama team of Nick Saban and Mark Ingram on the fourth playoff hole.

"Well, I rode Jon pretty hard today, but in the end, we were able to grind it out," Johnson said. "I didn't think we had much of a chance after the front nine, but Jon hit some really good shots and we found a way."

On Monday, Bo Jackson won the long drive competition in the celebrity division, while Barry finished second. But Jackson's long drives didn't help Tuesday -- Auburn finished 10th.

That was better than the Clemson team of Dabo Swinney and Steve Fuller, and the North Carolina team of Roy Williams and Larry Fedora. Clemson finished 11th at 1-under; North Carolina was last at 2-over.

At least Fedora has something else to fall back on ...