AU notables play in Regions Charity Classic

AUBURN, AL - Auburn head coaches Tony Barbee and Gene Chizik along with Tiger greats in All-American Charles Barkley, Heisman Trophy winners Bo Jackson and Pat Sullivan as well as Al Del Greco and Stan White will participate in the Regions Charity Classic Pro-Am on Thursday at Ross Bridge in Hoover, Ala.

Barbee will tee off the No. 1 tee at 8:50 am with Barkley, Sullivan, Ryder Cup Captain Corey Pavin and Rick Karle. Chizik and Bo Jackson will participate in a putting challenge against Alabama*s Jay Barker and Anthony Grant at 9:30 am on the practice putting green.

"I am excited to be playing in the tournament with two Auburn legends who mean so much to this school,* said Barbee. *Playing alongside Charles Barkley and what he means to our basketball program and this university is going to be exciting,* said Barbee.

"Playing with Pat Sullivan, a Heisman Trophy winner, and Corey Pavin is exciting as well. I am a huge golf fan and watching him as a pro over the years in the success that he has had. I just hope all the fans wear helmets if they are standing on the side watching me swing."

The Regions Charity Classic benefits Children*s Hospital while Chizik and Jackson will be playing for the Plus Scholarship Fund. The winning team in the putting contest has $7500 donated to its charity while the other team has $2500 donated to its charity.

"I'm looking forward to teaming with Bo in this worthwhile charitable cause," Chizik said. "We had a great time last year and are excited to be returning this year."

White tees off at 8:20 am with pro Peter Jacobsen, Del Greco is paired with Hale Irwin at 12:10 pm and Jackson is with Hal Sutton at 12:30 pm.

"I am a true believer in the Children*s Hospital and all of the wonderful care it gives for children as well as the comfort the hospital gives to the families. Children*s Hospital is the real winner of this golf tournament, and I am just happy that I can be a part of it."

INFORMATION SOURCE: Auburn University Athletic Department