The tournament was filled with Super Bowl- and World Series-winning participants, so it was no surprise when the friendly contest quickly turned competitive.
But with the proceeds going to charity, everybody won in Tuesday's first annual Google Charity Shoot-Out hosted by the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, a friendly golf competition between members of the San Francisco 49ers and San Francisco Giants.
The 49ers won four out of five holes and won $40,000 for the 49ers Foundation and $40,000 for local Monterey/Peninsula charities ($30,000 to the American Heart Association and $10,000 to Interim, Inc.).
The two 49ers teams consisted of alumni Harris Barton and Dwight Clark, and Brent Jones and Jerry Rice. The Giants teams consisted of current players pitcher Matt Cain and Cody Ross, and alumni Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper.
The format – covering holes 1,2, 3, 17 and 18 – consisted of alternate shots of two players with each hole worth a total $20,000, half going to a local Monterey-Peninsula charity and the other half to either the 49ers Foundation or the Giants Community Fund.
"The 49ers are going to take this away from the World Championship Giants and take this cash back to the 49ers Foundation," Clark said at the beginning of the competition.
"They are sporting a (championship) ring, I should have brought all five of mine. I should have used them as a ball marker but I forgot," he added. "Just kidding, I'm a huge Giants fan. It's great to be out here with these guys."
The first hole was quickly taken by Rice and Jones who were on the green in two and two-putted for an easy par.
The 49ers also took the second hole, but not quite as easily. From a drive that landed in the sand and a second shot also in the sand, the duo of Barton and Clark still managed to pull away with the hole, bringing the 49ers up two on the day.
The third hole was looking to go to the Giants as Cain hit an enormous 360-yard drive to close within 100 yards for their second shot but the two 49ers teams came back and tied the hole to bring the 49ers Foundation another $10,000 and pushing the $10,000 for the local charities to the fourth hole of the day.
On the par three 17th, Barton and Clark took another hole for the 49ers and won $10,000 for the 49ers Foundation and $20,000 for Interim, Inc. on the carryover from hole three.
The 49ers were hoping for a clean sweep to end the day, but the Giants edged out the final hole with a chip from Cain. The teams pushed on the final hole and for a tie-breaker, each player was given a chip shot from behind a bunker for a closest-to-the-pin competition for the final $20,000. Quite a few shots landed around 10 yards from the hole, but Cain had the final attempt and chipped his ball within three yards for the win.
Overall, the event donated more than $100,000 on the day.
- 49ers Foundation - $40,000
- Interim, Inc. - $30,000
- American Heart Association - $10,000
- Giants Community Fund - $10,000
- Sunrise House - $10,000
- CALSTAR - $1,000
"The 49ers Foundation was so honored to have our alumni out here today to represent our organization. We are proud of the heritage of our team and to have these players out here and showing they have the spirit for life is really exciting," said 49ers Foundation director Joanne Pasternack. "Being down here today on the Monterey Peninsula was really wonderful to be able to connect with some of our fans that live outside of the immediate Bay Area. We were so enthusiastic about being a part of the charitable organization on the Monterey Peninsula and this historic and amazing event."
The San Francisco 49ers Foundation is the non-profit community funding extension of the San Francisco 49ers. Now in its 19th year, the 49ers Foundation supports development programs for underserved youth that keep them "Safe, on Track and In School." A significant portion of the foundation's funding goes toward family violence prevention programs and activities that teach youth leadership and respect.
Through the leadership of 49ers team owners Denise and John York, the 49ers Foundation has donated more than $10 million over the last seven years to non-profits throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.