Notes: Boise event turns 25
July 15, 2014
By Jeff Adams, PGATOUR.COM
- The Albertsons Boise Open is played at Hillcrest Country Club. (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
RECORD WIRE TO WIRE – In winning his second Web.com Tour title in wire to wire fashion at the Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank, Andres Gonzales entered the Tour’s record book as the first player to win more than one title leading after every round. The Olympia, Wash. native’s other victory came at the 2012 Soboba Golf Classic in Southern California.
BOISE TURNS 25 – The Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco turns 25 this week. It joins Wichita, Springfield (Mo.) and Knoxville in celebrating silver anniversaries on the Web.com Tour in 2014. Only this week’s venue Hillcrest Country Club and Springfield’s Highland Springs Country Club can boast of having hosted the Tour all 25 years. The following link will take you to video of Boise’s first champion, Ricky Smallridge, closing out his 1990 victory:
Ricky Smallridge wins 1990 Ben Hogan Boise Open
GOOD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD GUYS – Golf fans will remember the heartbreak Andres Gonzales encountered last September at the Web.com Tour Championship at TPC Sawgrass Dye’s Valley Course when Lee Williams drained a 50-footer for birdie on the 72nd hole after it appeared Gonzales had his TOUR card locked up. Gonzales, playing in the same group, would leave his birdie putt short to seal his fate. “If I was meant to be on the PGA TOUR this year, I would be,” he said. “He (Williams) made a 50-foot putt on the last hole to get his PGA TOUR card. How awesome is that?” Now seventh in earnings, the 31-year-old is all but assured of a return to the PGA TOUR, where he played in 2011 and 2013.
$15 MILLION TO CHARITY, QUITE AN ACHIEVEMENT – The first 25 years in Boise, Idaho have been about professional golf and a lot more. Through its first 24 playings, the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco has generated more than $15 million for charitable causes, tops on the Web.com Tour.
21 REGULAR SEASON + 4 FINALS – The Web.com Tour’s new schedule format, which features 21 Regular Season and four Web.com Tour Finals events, was introduced last year to accommodate all 50 PGA TOUR cards coming through the Web.com Tour. This week’s Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco is the 16th Regular Season tournament of 2014. The first 25 cards will be based on earnings over the first 21 events, leaving just six to play. With livelihoods and futures on the line, please excuse the players if you sense an increased level of tension and emotion. This scenario will repeat itself in August and September at the Finals, when up to 75 PGA TOUR members join the top-75 Web.com Tour money winners in the battle for the remaining 25 cards.
OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP BOUND – Three players who at this time last year were primarily playing the Web.com Tour will tee off at Royal Liverpool on Thursday in the 143rd Open Championship – Chesson Hadley, Ben Martin and Billy Hurley III. Hadley was a PGA TOUR tournament winner in Puerto Rico in March who played his way into the Open as a top-50 player on the Official World Golf Ranking. Martin and Hurley got in by virtue of their recent finishes in the Quicken Loan National and The Greenbrier Classic, respectively. Brendon Todd is also in. He played 10 events on both the Web.com Tour and PGA TOUR last year, winning the Web.com’s Stadion Classic at UGA. In May of this year, he won the PGA TOUR’s HP Bryon Nelson Championship.
TOP PERFORMERS – The following players have been on a good run of late or had a season-best finish in Utah:
> Andres Gonzales – Has three top-10s in last five starts; has made 9 cuts in 14 events, with all nine cuts made being T25 or better finishes.
> Tony Finau – With a fifth in Utah, has three top-5s in his last six starts. Has made his last 11 cuts and 12 in 15 starts this year. Is now 18th on the money list.
> Travis Bertoni – His T2 in Utah, matched his career-best Web.com Tour finish (56 starts), a runner-up in Knoxville in 2010. With eight cuts made in 13 starts, it was his first finish this year better than T35.
> Adam Crawford – Fired a career-low 61 on Saturday in Utah. His T2 was his best finish in 62 Tour starts.
32,000 SQUARE-FOOT TPC STONEBRAE CLUBHOUSE UNVEILED – On Tuesday, members of the media received a guided tour of the magnificent new clubhouse at TPC Stonebrae, host of the upcoming Stonebrae Classic (July 31 – Aug. 3). The clubhouse officially opens to its membership on July 17th.