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July 31, 2007
PGA TOUR staff

SUPERVALU and the Albertsons Boise Open presented by First Health announced the field for the $1,000,000 Kraft Shoot-Out presented by J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation will feature popular past Albertsons Boise Open champions, Jason Gore and Kevin Stadler, along with the current, and five-time, World Long Drive Champion, Jason Zuback. The tournament earlier announced current PGA TOUR driving distance leader, Bubba Watson, will also be playing in the Shoot-Out this year.

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The Shoot-Out will kick-off the 18th annual Albertsons Boise Open presented by First Health, at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, September 17, and is free to the public. The Albertsons Boise Open presented by First Health is one of thirty-two events on the PGA TOUR's Nationwide Tour.

GOLF CHANNEL will broadcast the Kraft Shoot-Out presented by J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation LIVE to over 100 million households internationally from 2:30 p.m.-5 p.m. MST.

Jason Gore will be returning to Boise for the first time since 2005 when he was on an incredible streak of outstanding golf. The 2002 Albertsons Boise Open presented by First Health champion broke onto the national golf scene by leading the 2005 U.S. Open through three rounds. He returned to the Nationwide Tour and won three straight events to earn a performance promotion that sent him directly to the PGA TOUR for the rest of the 2005 season. After earning his full-time privileges on the PGA TOUR, he honored his commitment to participate in the Kraft Shoot-Out and Albertsons Boise Open presented by First Health that same year. In fact, on the Sunday immediately preceding tournament week in Boise Jason won the 84 Lumber Classic on the PGA TOUR. Gore is currently 15th on the PGA TOUR's Driving Distance Leaders with just under 300 yards per drive (299.5.)

Kevin Stadler, the reigning Albertsons Boise Open presented by First Health champion won the 2006 tournament by one shot over PGA TOUR veteran Glen Day for Stadler's second Nationwide Tour win of 2006, bringing his career total to four wins on the Nationwide Tour. Stadler finished 12th on the Nationwide Tour money list in 2006 earning his PGA TOUR privileges for 2007. Stadler also known for his length off the tee, currently averages over 291 yards per drive on the PGA TOUR this year.

The fourth competitor in this year's Kraft Shoot-Out presented by J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation will be the reining World Long Drive Champion, Jason Zuback. Zuback is a legend in Long Driving competitions being the youngest inductee of the Long Drivers of America Hall of Fame. He has won the World Championship title five times including an unprecedented four consecutive titles in 1996-1999. Zuback holds many records including the longest drive in competition at 463 yards and is the all-time leading money winner in the World Long Drive Championship. Zuback played in the 2002 Kraft Shoot-Out. He shocked the crowd at Hillcrest Country Club when he nearly drove the tournament 10th hole, a par 4, with a putter.

As presenting sponsor of the Shoot-Out, the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson foundation has designated that 100 percent of the $1,000,000 purse go directly to the following four charitable organizations:

• Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County-Meridian Club

• Community Detox Center, a community project with United Way of Treasure Valley

• 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games

• Treasure Valley YMCA-Horsethief Camp

The $1,000,000 purse will be divided among the four beneficiaries based on the outcome of two simultaneous competitions within one, nine-hole game: a traditional skins game and a new special contest. Both competitions will have $500,000 purses available to be divided among the beneficiaries. A $1,000,000.00 total. The amount each organization wins will be a result of the two competitions. The most an organization can win is $500,000, however, it is possible for an organization to receive nothing based on the competition.

The skins game will pit the team of Bubba Watson and Kevin Stadler against Jason Gore and Jason Zuback in a best-ball competition over nine holes. All $500,000 will be distributed to the beneficiaries through the results of the competition, Gore and Zuback will represent the Boys & Girls Club of Ada County -- Meridian and Watson and Stadler will play for the Community Detox Center, a community project with United Way of Treasure Valley. On Monday, July 23, the beneficiaries were told of this event and at that time had the opportunity to randomly draw their team.

Each skin/hole is assigned a dollar value per the table below. The team with the lowest score on each hole is determined to win the "skin." In the event of a tie on a hole, the dollar value of the previous hole is added to the next hole.

In addition to the skins competition, there will be a new special contest within the same nine holes. The best "tee shot" of each two-person team will be used to determine the winner of each special contest. Depending on the hole (see table below), the special contest for that hole will be either a "closest to the pin" contest or a "long drive" contest. Based on the incredible driving distance abilities of all four participants, three par 4 holes will have a "closest to the pin" contest, holes 10, 15 and 18.

The beneficiaries of the special contests competition will be Treasure Valley YMCA-Horsethief Camp and 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games. The team of Gore and Zuback will be playing for the Treasure Valley YMCA-Horsethief Camp and the team of Watson and Stadler will be playing in the special contest competition for the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games. The purse for the special contest competition will be $500,000. The combined Shoot-Out purse will be $1,000,000 to the charities. This year's one-million dollar purse and special competitions along with this outstanding group of performers, will make it the most entertaining ever.

Since its inception in 1990, the Albertsons Boise Open presented by First Health has provided nearly $6 million dollars to Boise and Southwestern Idaho youth-oriented charities. Once again this year, tickets for tournament rounds (Thursday-Sunday) for the Albertsons Boise Open presented by First Health are available through the Sara Lee Tickets-FORE-Charity program where local non-profit organizations sell tournament tickets and keep 100 percent of the ticket revenue. In addition, each ticket selling organization receives a portion of the $50,000 bonus pool provided by Sara Lee and Albertsons based the non-profit's percentage of total ticket sales through the program.

For more information on the Kraft Shoot-Out presented by J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation or to buy tickets to the Albertsons Boise Open presented by First Health and support local charities, please call the Jeff Sanders Promotions tournament office at 208-336-3029 or log onto www.albertsonsboiseopen.com.

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