PEBBLE BEACH — Dwight Clark’s smooth touch on the 18th hole was worth $40,000 for charity.
The former San Francisco 49er, known for “The Catch,” teamed up with another 49er, Harris Barton, to win the Charity Shootout earlier today at Pebble Beach Golf Links.
The event is one of two celebrity contests to take place at the famed golf course before the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am begins Thursday.
With a massive crowd that looked like a typical Sunday with Tiger Woods in the hunt, members of the 49ers and San Francisco Giants battled it out on five holes for charity.
A well-dressed San Francisco Giants announcer Mike Krukow, channeling his inner Payne Stewart in terms of attire, said he was happy to be a part of the event for the second consecutive year.
“The fact we can get so many people excited about golf, it’s one of those things we look forward to,” Krukow said.
Clark and Barton won hole No. 3 to get on the board. With nobody winning the fourth hole, No. 17, the charity amount was doubled to $40,000. There was a struggle, as several people had a shot to get the job done.
“We’re all hyped to be here,” said Barton, a lineman on the 49ers dynasty teams.
Jim Harbaugh, a late addition to the Pro-Am, said he couldn’t believe the overwhelming support
He had a chance to win with a birdie putt on the 18th for charity but it just missed. Much like all of his shots during the day, he took it in stride.
His golf partner for the day, quarterback Alex Smith, nearly stole the show with Giants pitcher Matt Cain. The two athletes hit booming tee shots and to make life a little bit easier for their partners, Harbaugh and Giants great Will Clark, respectively.
“They were hitting the balls like some of the other guys (on tour),” Harbaugh said. “Some of the caddies were saying the same things.”
Cain and Smith’s shots neared 300 yards on average. Will Clark benefited more, as he and Cain won the first two holes to snag $40,000 for charities Community Health Care and the Giants Community Fund.
On the second hole, Will Clark, the only lefty, hit a drive that zoomed through the grey skies. The crowd roared in awe of the stroke.
“I’m not taking a urine test,” Clark said jokingly as the gallery laughed.
Cain and Clark nearly pulled off an eagle but struggled to save par and win the second hole.
Harbaugh and Smith had a chance to get the fourth hole but they ended in a tie with everyone else.
The duo will have a shot to make it up on the main stage Thursday. Harbaugh teams with Ryan Moore, and Smith will be his caddy.For the complete article see the 02-09-2012 issue.
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