The Straight Down Fall Classic has witnessed some tight finishes in the past several years.
In 2009, PGA Tour pro Jeff Brehaut hit his approach to within three feet of the cup on the 18th green, sealing a win for Brehaut and playing partner Todd Barsotti.
A year earlier, a winning team couldn’t be determined after play was stopped because of darkness when four playoff holes weren’t enough to determine a winner.
Tim Flemming and Alan Bratton, one of the teams of that 2008 failed playoff, return to the San Luis Obispo Country Club, amongst a host of big-name golfers and celebrities for this year’s installment of the fan-friendly tournament.
Among the notable professionals playing are San Luis Obispo native and Champions Tour standout Loren Roberts, former world’s No. 1 Fred Couples, former Cal Poly standout and Big West Golfer of the Year Travis Bertoni and PGA veterans Steve Pate, Scott Simpson and Kevin Stadler.
But perhaps the biggest name in the field at the Classic this year isn’t even known for his exploits on the golf course.
NFL Hall of Famer John Elway, an avid golfer since retiring from professional football, will join teammate Paul Lobato.
After a college career consisting of football and baseball, Elway said he first picked up golf during his free time as a Denver Broncos quarterback.
Also playing is current Cal Poly head coach Scott Cartwright and senior standout Geoff Gonzalez, as well as Tim Mickelson, brother of golf superstar Phil Mickelson.
The Straight Down Fall Classic is free to the public with clothing and equipment shopping available at the country club. Tee times begin at 8 this morning on the first tee and 8:05 at the 10th tee. The tournament concludes Sunday.