Straight Down Fall Classic: Doug Garwood and Joe Benedetti win it

SAN LUIS OBISPO, California (November 16, 2014) - - In an area known for its wine, beautiful Fall weather, and of course as the headquarters of apparel company Straight Down, the "Fall Classic" has become a favorite event for club and tour pros to wind down with every year. 

This year's stable of pros was one of the tournament's best -- in addition to perennial visitors like Fred Couples and Tom Lehman, there were a number of other recognizable names including Tom Weiskopf, who paired with Straight Down owner Mike Rowley.

Doug Garwood (PGA Tour photo)
Doug Garwood, who last year at this time had no status and had, as he told PGATour.com bounced around on “pretty much every mini-tour around the country” -- partnered with amateur Joe Benedetti to win, posting 18-under. Garwood capped an amazing season that saw him lose to Tom Pernice (who also made an appearance here) in a playoff and finish 28th on the money list. He's one of the rare stories of a player who never played a PGA Tour event breaking out to become exempt on the Champions Tour.

Finishing second was injury-plagued PGA Tour standout Arron Oberholser (nice to see him back) and Jim Strickland by a single shot.

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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