Dream Foundation hosts annual golf outing
Charity event expected to raise more than $100,000
RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. -- Tommy Davis summed up Trump National Golf Course as he approached the first tee with his four playing partners at Thursday's Dodgers Dream Foundation Charity Golf Invitational.
"It's gorgeous," the three-time Dodgers All-Star said. "But you'll hate it, because it's so tough."
Davis was one of many notable Dodgers alumni and members of the organization who participated in the 10th annual scramble event -- the seventh consecutive year it was held at Trump National. At 11 a.m. PT, 180 golfers in groups of five took to the course for a shotgun start.
The lone current Dodger at the event was pitcher Chad Billingsley, who was participating for the fourth time. The worst part of the day, he said, was dealing with the quick greens. The best part: the atmosphere at the event.
"You meet a lot of nice and great people and spend a day out here for a great cause, also," Billingsley said. "What better way to spend the day?"
The proceeds from the event go to the Dodgers Dream Foundation, which puts its efforts into what it calls the four bases -- education, health, environment and youth sports.
Dream Foundation fundraising manager David Brennan said the event will raise more than $100,000, some of which he said will go to Dodgers Dream youth baseball fields.
"This is the biggest year thus far," Brennan said. "Our sponsors have supported the Foundation and have given back to the community."
The event consisted of breakfast, lunch provided during the round and a banquet after the round. Throughout the day, there was a silent auction in the clubhouse, which included autographed jerseys and baseballs and rounds of golf at some of the area's top courses.
The biggest prize in Brennan's eyes was the Scully Experience -- an afternoon at Dodger Stadium with broadcaster Vin Scully, the opportunity to watch batting practice and great seats to the game.
As for the golf, Brennan said he expected many of the golfers to finish the day grumbling about lost balls.
"It is a tough course," he said. "Donald [Trump] didn't make it too easy on people."
Spanish radio color commentator Fernando Valenzuela laughed when asked about the difficulty of the course, saying a low score wasn't the goal of the afternoon.
"Just to have fun," the 1981 Cy Young Award winner said. "To support this program, the Dodgers do a very good thing to put on this golf tournament every year and it's great. I'm happy to be a part of this tournament."
Valenzuela was joined by fellow broadcasters Rick Monday and Steve Lyons at the event. Former Dodgers players included Steve Yeager, Billy Ashley, Dave Stewart and Todd Zeile.
Stewart said such an event is typical of what the Dodgers organization represents.
"The Dodgers are a very classy, community-oriented organization for as long as I can remember," he said. "It's always a great time when you can get some of the old-timers together with some of the young kids."
To Stewart, there's no way he'd rather spend a Thursday afternoon.
"Any time you can donate money, play golf, have fun and not go to work, there's nothing more you could ask for," he said.
AJ Cassavell is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.