Two College Football Coaches Play in Pro-AM Game
It wasn’t quite the Egg Bowl, but two rivals converged on the golf course on the Coast. Mississippi State Head Football Coach, Dan Mullen, and Ole Miss Head Coach, Hugh Freeze, hit the links. Both coaches were happy to take a break from spring football practice to play a round of golf. Mullen says, “I love playing football right now, but the opportunity to come out here and play golf, be involved in this event here in Mississippi is a lot of fun.”
Rebels Head Coach, Freeze, was paired with hall of fame golfer, Fred Couples. Freeze says, “I’ve enjoyed walking and talking with him. He’s a sports enthusiast and he knows football. Of course I don’t know much how to play the game of golf, but I like talking to competitors about their mindset and things and he’s been a joy to play with.”
Unfortunately, some pros can’t help everyone. Mullen says, “Well you know what, it’s a lot of fun. I take coaching well. I’m always listening for different points, but I think my game may be beyond repair at this point.”
Although the rain fell Thursday at Fallen Oak, the Pro-AM gave the professionals another chance at a round of leisurely golf before the real competition begins Friday. Jay Haas, a competitor on the Champions Tour, says, “It’s always nice to not have the pressure of not having to perform on every single shot like we do from Friday to Sunday, but I’m still trying to impress these guys I’m playing with. I’m not going a very good job today, but it’s nice to just come out and play a round of golf.”
The first round of the Gulf Resort Classic is set for Friday morning. The oversized check for $240,000 will be handed to the winner Sunday afternoon. The tournament has generated over $76 million for the regional economy since 2010.