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Vogelsong, Snow win charity shootout

Modified: Tuesday, Feb 5th, 2013

The Giants' Ryan Vogelsong hits the ball out of the rough on hole No. 3 during the Chevron Charity Shootout on Tuesday at Pebble Beach Golf Links. (Glenn Cravens/Register-Pajaronian)

PEBBLE BEACH – The duo of Ryan Vogelsong and J.T. Snow teamed up to win $30,000 for charity and the first-place prize in the 2013 Chevron Charity Shootout on Tuesday at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

The third annual event, which pits current and former San Francisco 49ers against members of the San Francisco Giants in a friendly competition, was finally won by a Giants representative.

It took a chip-off to do it.

In the extra session, Vogelsong’s chip landed five feet from the hole. He had to sweat out a couple of other attempts, including one by former 49ers great Dwight Clark, before he and Snow were declared the winners. The $30,000 will go toward Sun Street Centers, an organization that helps people with treatment and avoidance of drug and alcohol addiction.

“We’re just trying to raise money for charity,” Vogelsong said. “It was fun. I had a good time, and we got to help each other out.”

It was the first time Vogelsong was participating in the event. He had only played golf a few times in the past 12 months, the previous round taking place in Arizona with friends.

A few of his shots early in the five-hole event were wild, but he and Snow managed to survive the troubles because the other participants had their own share of struggles.

The 49ers duo of Brent Jones and Harris Barton broke the ice on No. 2, when they won with a par to win $20,000 for their charity. Nobody won holes 3 or 17, setting up a big finale on 18 for $30,000.

Giants broadcaster Dave Flemming and pitching coach Dave Righetti each had lengthy putts of more than 15 feet to stay in contention for the prize. With Clark given a chance to force a chip-off, he nailed a putt as well.

Most of the attempts in the chip-off ended up hitting the lip. Former Giant first baseman Will Clark had a rough try, as his chip went a couple of feet. Event host and KNBR morning host Brian Murphy ribbed Clark for the bad shot and Clark, in turn, softly tossed his golf ball right at Murphy.

The toss, as well as the five holes of action, was all in good fun, and that’s what the participants said after it was over.

“All of the Giants get to enjoy our relationship with the 49ers,” said Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow. “When all of the Giants get back together, we can laugh about October.”

Krukow was the most lavishly dressed of the participants, wearing a black sweater vest, black collared shirt and orange knickers.

“Hey, you’ve got to mix it up,” he said.

Snow said it was fun to team with Vogelsong and be the winning team in the charity event. The former first baseman had his share of good and bad moments. He even took swings from both sides.

“This was a blast,” Snow said. “We got to play for charity, and Ryan hit that chip shot to win it. I thought it had a good chance. Ryan pulled off the perfect shot.”

Vogelsong wore mostly grey and black attire but had a light jacket representing the Giants Community Fund. He said he’d be back if given the opportunity.

For a man whose baseball journey took him from the Northeast, to the Far East and back to the Bay Area, he said it’s still surreal all that’s happened on and off the diamond.

“There are days when I still have to pinch myself,” Vogelsong said. “This has been a really fun and amazing two years. Today is just another special thing, and I look forward to the team being together. Doing stuff like this helps.”

For the complete article see the 02-07-2013 issue.

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