Straight Down Fall Classic: Doug Garwood and Joe Benedetti win it
SAN LUIS OBISPO, California (November 16,
- 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
like Fred Couples and Tom Lehman, there were a
number of other recognizable names including
Weiskopf, who paired with Straight Down owner
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
lose to Tom Pernice (who also made an
here) in a playoff and finish 28th on the money
He's one of the rare stories of a player who
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
and Jim Strickland by a single shot.
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