A's of yesterday and today golf for charity

A's of yesterday and today golf for charity

ALAMO, Calif -- Thursday might have been an off-day for the A's, but members of the organization were busy at the Round Hill Country Club for the 33rd annual A's Community Fund Golf Classic.

Reliever Dan Otero took part in the round on the links with some lucky guests, while other players such as Jesse Chavez, Mark Canha, Billy Burns and Max Muncy also enjoyed the day's events.

"Definitely not a bad way to spend an off-day," Otero said. "Any time you can help the A's Community Fund and the organization, it's nice to be a part of."

Otero has become well known in the A's clubhouse for being able to play golf on one leg.

"I try to keep that on the down low," Otero said. "I had hip surgery back in college. I loved playing golf, so I started just playing on my left leg. I still use it to hustle people for long-drive contests. I got [A's starter] Sonny Gray on it a couple years ago. He won't bet me again on that."

Proceeds from the event went to the A's Community Fund, which has been helping people throughout the Bay Area since 1981.

Current coaches Curt Young, Mike Gallego, Tye Waller and Scott Emerson also enjoyed the cool, breezy day on the course, along with A's alumni like Bert Campaneris, Vida Blue, John "Blue Moon" Odom, Shooty Babitt and Billy North. Other Oakland A's fixtures like longtime clubhouse manager Steve Vucinich, head groundskeeper Clay Wood and radio broadcasters Vince Cotroneo, Chris Townsend and Roxy Bernstein even got in on the action.

Young -- regarded as the best golfer on the A's coaching staff -- said he enjoys getting to spend time with fans in a casual setting.

"You get to know them at the stadium," Young said. "A lot of them are around the dugout -- you say hello -- and around our bullpen, so you say hello to them. It's good, and we're all here for a good cause -- the community fund. It's a good chance to meet new people and new A's fans."

The golf groups didn't have to tee off on hole No. 18, thanks to a state-of-the-art golf ball launcher designed by Chevron. The cannon shot the ball about 400 yards along the par 5 hole, setting up the groups for eagle chances. With every eagle, Chevron made a $2,500 donation to support the A's Community Fund and other local charities.

Chavez even tried his hand at the launcher and was thrilled.

"Let me get a mulligan," Chavez said.

Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.