Straight Down Fall Classic
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-- StraightDown.com Photo

Editor's Note: We'll have complete coverage, as well as photos and information from the Woody Pro-Am, as soon as it's made available.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (Nov. 11, 2013) -- The 17th annual Straight Down Fall Classic tees off Friday from San Luis Obispo Golf & Country Club with another impressive field mixed with big names --- and personalities --- in amateur and professional golf.

Of course, any time you mix the likes of Fred Couples, Brandel Chamblee, Tom Lehman and Gary McCord, personality is bound to prevail.

The above mix of golf legends and media personalities headlines the 2013 professional field, in which players will again be paired with an amateur golfer in the event's unique and inviting format.

The event is a 36-hole pro-am, four-ball stroke-play and offers spectators a unique experience free-of-charge with plenty of access to players and inexpensive food and drink in the tradition of The Masters and an overall inviting, laid-back vibe.

Defending champions Scott Heyn will return with the hopes of a repeat but will be joined by Chris Heintz, who replaces 2012 partner Corby Segal. Last year, the duo bested Fred Couples and Brad Shaw in a playoff to prevail in thrilling fashion.

Straight Down, based in San Luis Obispo, operates under the precipice of paying tribute to tradition and staying true to the spirit of the game and is a leading provider of golf and lifestyle apparel and accessories. The company stresses the use of high-quality materials and superior products, with an unmatched attention to customer service. Much of that focus is seen in the running of the Straight Down Fall Classic.

The schedule changes made by the PGA Tour mean that the annual Fall Classic doesn't fall in the 'offseason' anymore. But that doesn't dim the excitement of the event or its meaning.

The Woody Invitational, held on Friday in memory of Donnie Woodward, brings together local amateur golfers and pros in a four- ball stroke play tournament with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the ALS Foundation in honor of Woodward. In the last two years, the event has been able to raise enough money to keep the Monterey ALS Clinic open.

The main event is held on Saturday and Sunday with the field comprised of 60 pro-am teams. Each amateur selected to participate must meet a rigid eligibility requirement and pay a minimal fee to play. Tee times begin at 8 a.m. on both days.

Amateurs in the field include former USGA Mid- Amateur champion Kevin Marsh, amateurgolf.com Player Staff member Brent Brockermeyer and highly-ranked Texan Joe Bendetti, among others. To view the full 2013 field, follow this link.

ABOUT THE Straight Down Fall Classic

Annual invitational event sponsored by apparel manufacturer Straight Down and supported by sponsor companies from the California Central Coast.

Format is one pro, paired with one amateur -- pros are PGA Club pros and members of various professional tours with enough "big names" to bring out thousands of spectators. And the spectators are rewarded with up- close access normally not found at a PGA Tour event, as well as $1 hot dogs, lemonades, and beers and $2 burgers. The ALS Foundation was named as the designated beneficiary in 2009.

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