150 of the World’s Best Golfers to Play Hillcrest Country Club
The Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco returns to Hillcrest Country Club September 14-17. The event will be the second of four Web.com Tour Finals events where players compete for one of the 25 PGA TOUR cards available.
Boise, ID (August 7, 2017)—Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco Media Day hosted by Coca-Cola was held today at Hillcrest Country Club. The 2017 edition marks the 28th consecutive year the tournament will be held in Boise making it one of the longest standing tournaments on the Web.com Tour with the highest purse on Tour of $1 MILLION. The event included tournament updates in addition to a press conference featuring special guest Alex Prugh.
Prugh hails from Spokane, Washington and attended the University of Washington where he played four years on the Men’s Golf Team and was twice named to the All-Pac-10 team. Prugh was in the field last year in Boise where he carded rounds of 68-67-66-72 and finished in a tie for 24th. Looking ahead to this year’s tournament Prugh stated “Boise is a special place in September and I especially enjoy the Pacific Northwest in the fall.” When asked about the golf tournament Prugh said, “This has become a favorite amongst the guys on Tour. We circle this one at the beginning of the season.” Prugh currently ranks [ ] on the season-long money list and will look to continue his fine form heading into Boise.
As a Finals event this year’s field will once again include the top 75 players on the Web.com Tour Money List and those players ranked 126-200 in the PGA TOUR FedExCup standings. Last year’s Albertsons Boise Open was won by Michael Thomspon who closed with consecutive rounds of 64 over the weekend. Finishing T-4 was fan favorite Andrew “Beef” Johnston who elected to play the Web.com Tour Finals in an effort to secure his PGA TOUR status for the upcoming season. Johnston did so on the strength of his solid finish in Boise. Other notables in the field included Mackenzie Hughes, Xander Schauffele and 2016 Player of the Year Wesley Bryan each of whom have won during their PGA TOUR rookie seasons. “As a finals event we’re able to bring one of the strongest fields of the season to Boise” said Albertsons CEO Bob Miller. “With established PGA TOUR champions and the game’s future stars, this year’s tournament promises to be as exciting as ever.” Many of golf’s biggest names have played in Boise over the years including Bubba Watson (2005), Jason Day (2006), Justin Thomas (2014) and Rickie Fowler (2009) who made his professional debut at Hillcrest.
Albertsons Boise Open Executive Director Jeff Sanders announced the Blue Cross of Idaho Birdies for the Boise Brave set to debut in 2017. Blue Cross of Idaho has pledged $40 for each birdie made throughout the week. “The Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco has always been a charity driven event and we are excited to continue that tradition in 2017” said Executive Director Jeff Sanders. “We have been able to help some remarkable organizations throughout our 28 years here and we’re thrilled to have Blue Cross of Idaho on board to thank the men and women who protect us each day.” The Patriots Outpost will be open during play Thursday through Sunday and features catered lunch courtesy of Albertsons. Admission is free to all past and present Military members, Police and Fire Fighters and their families. Tournament week will begin Monday September 11th with the Blue Cross of Idaho 9/11 Memorial Ceremony at 12:00 PM around the tenth tee.
The tournament will also host the Idaho Statesman Junior Clinic presented by Tyson Foods on Wednesday September 13th beginning at 5:00 PM. Admission and parking are free and the clinic will be held on the driving range at Hillcrest Country Club. Litehouse Foods Family Day will be held on Saturday from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM at the Pepsi Pavilion with complimentary games, face painting and more! Litehouse Foods, an Idaho based family owned company will be providing free samples of their fresh and delicious offerings to all specatators. Children under 17 are admitted free with a ticketed adult throughout the week. The Pepsi Pavilion and Albertsons tent will be open for the duration of the tournament Thursday through Sunday featuring free samples, and a variety of dining options. Sunday features Breakfast at Hillcrest presented by Yoplait and Nature Valley. Breakfast begins at 9:00 AM and is complimentary to all ticket holders.
2016 was a landmark year for the tournament off the course as well. The event raised $1.4 MILLION for charity, marking the tenth consecutive year the tournament raised more than $1 MILLION. “This event has become a fixture in the Boise community over the years” said Sanders. “Giving back to the community that surrounds us is of the utmost importance.” With the $1.4 MILLION raised last year the Albertsons Boise Open has now raised $20 MILLION for the Treasure Valley community since the inaugural event in 1990. A large portion of these charitable funds are raised through the Tyson Foods TICKETS Fore CHARITIES program which directs 100% of tournament ticket sales to charity. For more information visit AlbertsonsBoiseOpen.com.