GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Danny Wuerffel helped Florida to four straight wins over Georgia from 1993-96, including some of the more lopsided results in the longstanding rivalry.
So it’s no surprise the former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback would want to remain involved during Florida-Georgia week each year.
Wuerffel does that through his annual golf tournament, The Desire Cup, which brings former Gators and Bulldogs back together in competition in a Ryder Cup-type format.
The tournament, in which the Gators have a 3-2 all-time lead, takes place Friday at Dye’s Valley Course at the TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Proceeds benefit Wuerffel’s Desire Street Ministries, which aims to transform impoverished urban neighborhoods into stronger communities through the support of urban ministries.
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“There’s so much energy and excitement around the rivalry between Florida-Georgia or Georgia-Florida, depending on where you’re from. We kind of enjoy that intensity and fun and capture that around a really fun golf and dinner event at the beautiful venue of TPC Sawgrass,” Wuerffel said. “Thursday night we’ve got a really nice dinner with all the celebrities headlined by coach Vince Dooley and coach Steve Spurrier. And then we’re playing at Sawgrass on Friday morning. We just have tons of fun.”
Representing the Gators at the event this year are Lou Groza Award-winning kicker Judd Davis, professional golfer and former Florida standout Chris DiMarco, former pro golfer Gary Koch, All-American baseball player Matt LaPorta, quarterback Terry LeCount, quarterback Shane Matthews, linebacker Wilber Marshall, wide receiver David Nelson, quarterback Tom Shannon, Head Ball Coach Steve Spurrier, linebacker Charlie Williams and Wuerffel.
Representing the Bulldogs will be radio host and Georgia alumn Tony Barnhart, All-American kicker Kevin Butler, legendary coach Vince Dooley, quarterback David Greene, quarterback John Lastinger, wide receiver Lindsay Scott, quarterback D.J. Shockley, running back Musa Smith, offensive lineman Jon Stinchcomb and quarterback Eric Zeier.
Tony Dovolani, of “Dancing With The Stars” fame, will also be there.
“Everybody enjoys the event that gets there. We actually have more celebrities that want to be a part of it than we have spots for,” Wuerrfel said.
As for his own golf game, Wuerrfel said he is probably a 9 or 10 handicap.
“Golf is an exciting and frustrating sport, especially for people that are naturally good at most other sports. It doesn’t translate as easy,” he said. “I love it, I’m fascinated and maddened by it.”