Storylines: Tour home stretch begins in Boise

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Jeff Klauk will be making his first start of the 2012 season this week in Boise.
September 11, 2012 Tour staff

The Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft is the first of seven tournaments in a row that will conclude the 2012 Tour season and send 25 players to the PGA TOUR in 2013. The Tour travels to Midland, Texas next week followed by stops in Charlotte, the Washington, D.C. area, Miami and Ponte Vedra Beach, with the finale, the Tour Championship,being played at TPC Craig Ranch near Dallas (Oct. 25-28). All but the Midland event will air on Golf Channel.


JEFF KLAUK TO MAKE COMPETITIVE RETURN -- Two-time Tour winner Jeff Klauk will make his first start in Boise this week since playing in Wichita, Kan. on the Tour 16 months ago. The Jacksonville, Fla. resident has been dealing with brain seizures since 2006 and undergone various procedures, including having electrodes placed on his scalp and wired into this brain earlier this year. His brother, John, a former University of Texas golfer, will caddie for him. His parents also plan to make the trip to Boise.

Klauk was scheduled to make a side trip to Minneapolis on his way to Boise to take in the Jaguars' season opener vs. the Vikings. The Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft will be his first of five allotted rehabilitation starts as part of his major medical exemption. "I'm going out there to try and win, or else I wouldn't go," Klauk told Garry Smits of his hometown Times-Union newspaper. "I've been working hard and practicing just as much as I ever did."

FEDEXCUP -- A win next week at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola by either Nick Watney or Brandt Snedeker would secure the FedExCup, marking the third year in a row a Web.Com Tour alumnus has won the PGA TOUR's grand prize. Watney is third in Cup standings going into the finale, Snedeker is fifth. Jim Furyk (2010) and Bill Haas (2011) won the Cup the last two years. All 30 players in the field at East Lake have a mathematical chance of winning it. Watney and Snedeker are joined by 12 other Tour alumni, including Furyk, who is 18th in points.

FIRST "WEB.COM SMALL BUSINESS FORUM" -- Tour umbrella sponsor will host its first " Small Business Forum" on Tuesday in Boise. The Forum is designed to help small businesses in Boise learn to successfully market themselves online. chairman, president and CEO David Brown will be in attendance as will chief marketing officer Jason Teichman, who will lead the discussion.

IN PURSUIT OF THREE AND THE PGA TOUR -- Casey Wittenberg and Ben Kohles are both sitting on two 2012 wins. One more win by either means a three-win promotion to the PGA TOUR and fall playing opportunities in TOUR events in Las Vegas, Northern California, Sea Island and Lake Buena Vista, Fla. It also provides exempt status in 2013. Both players are entered this week in Boise.

BOB HEINTZ NAMED GOLF COACH AT PENN -- The University of Pennsylvania has announced former PGA TOUR member and two-time Tour winner Bob Heintz is the new head golf coach at Penn. Heintz is a 1992 graduate of another Ivy League school, Yale, where he won three straight Ivy League Championship individual titles and captained the team his senior year.

TREASURE VALLEY REWARDS -- The Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft is one of four events that have been on the Tour since its inception in 1990. The Open has grown into a Tour leader in charitable giving, having raised $13 million in its first 22 years for Treasure Valley non-profit organizations in the Boise area.

THE RESERVE AT LAKE KEOWEE JOINS BWM CHARITY PRO-AM ROTATION-- The BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation has announced that The Reserve at Lake Keowee in Sunset, S.C. will join Thornblade Club and Greenville Country Club's Chanticleer course as a host venue next year. The Reserve at Lake Keowee replaces Carolina Country Club in Spartanburg, S.C.

HOMETOWN FUNDRAISERS -- Andres Gonzales will host his second annual Andres Gonzales Charity Golf Tournament next Monday (Sept. 17th) at Tacoma (Wash.) Country and Golf Club, near his hometown of Olympia. Several of Gonzales' fellow Tour members will participate including Tacoma native Michael Putnam.

Proceeds will once again be directed to pancreatic cancer awareness and The First Tee of South Puget Sound. Last year's event raised approximately $60,000. Gonzales won the Soboba Golf Classic in April and is sixth on the Tour's money list. Over the weekend, Cliff Kresge hosted his fourth Kresge's Krew Foundation Charity Pro-Am in Kingsport, Tenn. in support of autism. Kresge lives in Kingsport. His son, Mason, has autism.

NEXT WEEK -- The Tour travels from Boise to Midland, Texas for the WNB Golf Classic at Midland Country Club (Sept. 20-23).Midland has been a stop on the Tour schedule every year since 1992.