Albertsons Boise Open Will Become Web.com Tour Finals Event and Return to September in 2016 – Gets Extension Through 2019
Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco will become part of the four-event, season-culminating Web.com Tour Finals in September of 2016 in Boise, and Albertsons also announced an extension through 2019
(Boise, ID – July 7, 2015) – Albertsons executives, sponsors, special guests, and tournament organizers gathered tonight at Boise Centre on the Grove for the annual Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco Pro-Am Dinner. Albertsons Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bob Miller announced that the Albertsons Boise Open will become one of four Web.com Tour Finals events on the 2016 schedule, greatly elevating its stature and moving the event back to September beginning next year. Having long been referred to as one of the most prestigious events on the Web.com Tour, the Albertsons Boise Open purse will now reflect that reputation, as it will be tied for the largest Web.com Tour purse at $1 Million. Miller also announced an extension for the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco through 2019.
Given its new position on the Web.com Tour schedule beginning in 2016, the Albertsons Boise Open will receive attention from national and international golf communities. The Web.com Tour Finals, a four-tournament playoff series similar to the format of the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup, features the Top 75 players from the regular season Web.com Tour money list, and matches them up against the players ranked #126-200 on the PGA TOUR. Therefore, for the first time in history, many current PGA TOUR players will be in the 2016 Albertsons Boise Open field. At the conclusion of the Web.com Tour Finals, the Top 50 on the Finals money list earn their PGA TOUR cards for the following season.
The Albertsons Boise Open has brought some of golf’s greatest up and coming talent to the area over the years while also playing a vital role in helping local charities. CEO Bob Miller said, “We are very pleased to continue this great tradition here in our home town, and are thrilled to have the event become part of the prestigious Web.com Tour Finals. I have watched this tournament evolve and the competition get tougher and tougher with each year, and I’ve also been able to see the positive impact of this event on hundreds of charities throughout the Treasure Valley. We’re thrilled to be part of it and are excited to announce that it’s moving back to September next year and is here to stay.”
Jeff Sanders, Executive Director of the Albertsons Boise Open, said, “This all started from a one year agreement back in 1989, and I’m proud to say that 26 years later, it’s become a tradition. I never would have imagined in my wildest dreams back in 1989 we would be still going strong with Albertsons as our original title sponsor. Albertsons’ title sponsorship has made it all possible. We are excited about the opportunity to showcase the amazing talent of both PGA TOUR and Web.Com Tour players in Boise and to continue to play a major role in providing much needed charity dollars to the Boise community for years to come. Our sights are set on reaching $25 Million to Treasure Valley organizations by the end of 2019. Albertsons has been such a great title sponsor for 26 years and we are very grateful to Bob Miller and the Executive Team for the decision to keep it going.”
The Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco has given over $18 Million to hundreds of Treasure Valley charities since 1990, an all-time record on the Web.com Tour, and it has given over $1 million to charities in each of the last 9 years.
The Albertsons Boise Open has a fantastic week of activities in store this week at Hillcrest Country Club. Michelob Ultra Rockin’ the Fairway, a three-part live music series on-site at Hillcrest Country Club this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings featuring Marcus Eaton, Pilot Error, and the David Andrews Band at the conclusion of golf action. Family Day featuring games, mascots, face painting, snow cones, and reptile shows will take place on Saturday from 11 AM – 3 PM. The Free Bisquick Pancake Breakfast for all ticket holders will be Sunday beginning at 9 AM. The Patriots’ Outpost hospitality area, open to all active, retired, and reserve military and their families, will be open Thursday to Sunday beginning at 10 AM. For more information or to buy tickets, please visit www.AlbertsonsBoiseOpen.com.
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ABOUT THE ALBERTSONS BOISE OPEN PRESENTED BY KRAFT & NABISCO
The Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco is one of only four Web.com Tour events that have existed since the Tour’s inception in 1990, and the event has played host to many of golf’s current superstars. The Albertsons Boise Open is much more than a golf tournament, having provided over $18 Million to Idaho non-profit organizations in its history. In addition, the tournament showcases Boise and the State of Idaho to millions of viewers nationally and internationally on Golf Channel. The Albertsons Boise Open returns to Hillcrest Country Club July 9-12, 2015. Thanks to the Tyson Foods TICKETS Fore CHARITY™ program, 100% of all ticket sales support local charities. For more information, please visit www.AlbertsonsBoiseOpen.com.
ABOUT THE WEB.COM TOUR
The Web.com Tour is now The Path to the PGA TOUR with all 50 available PGA TOUR cards coming through the Web.com Tour and the season culminating at the four-event Web.com Tour Finals, which will include the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco. Web.com became the Tour’s umbrella sponsor in June of 2012. The Tour enters its 26th year of competition in 2015. Three out of four PGA TOUR members are Web.com Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won 411 PGA TOUR titles, including 19 majors and five PLAYERS Championships. The PGA TOUR surpassed $2 billion in charitable giving in Jan. 2014. To learn more about the PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour visit PGATOUR.COM, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
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Albertsons gives sponsor invitation to the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco to local Army veteran Corporal Chad Pfeifer and Cole Valley Christian Senior Graysen Huff, and will host live music after golf Thursday, Friday, & Saturday evenings
(June 8, 2015) – Local media representatives, Albertsons executives, sponsors, volunteers, and tournament organizers gathered today at Hillcrest Country Club for the 2015 Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco Media Day. Albertsons announced it will give sponsor invitations to the Albertsons Boise Open to Caldwell native and Army veteran Corporal Chad Pfeifer and Cole Valley Christian School phenom Graysen Huff.
Cpl. Pfeifer, who graduated from Vallivue High School, will make history at the Albertsons Boise Open in July as he will become the first ever amputee to participate in a Web.com Tour event. Cpl. Pfeifer, 33, lost his left leg above the knee in April of 2007 when a roadside bomb exploded while he was on patrol in Iraq. He learned the game while rehabbing in an Army hospital, and golf became a major part of his healing process. He quickly became a playing professional competing in Gateway Tour and eGolf Tour events. Nicknamed “Corporal Clutch” from his appearance on Golf Channel’s The Big Break, Cpl. Pfeifer was invited to play in last July’s American Century Championship at Lake Tahoe. He was in a field of 80 professional athletes and entertainers competing for $600,000 in prize money, and finished tied for fifth place. Cpl. Pfeifer will have the support of the local military community at Hillcrest, and expect some large roars when he makes his way through the 16th hole, where the Patriots’ Outpost hospitality area will be located.
Graysen Huff, a senior at Cole Valley Christian School in Boise, is the reigning Pacific Northwest Golf Association Junior Player of Year and Idaho Junior Player of the Year. He has competed in the Australian Amateur, British Boys Amateur, and the Junior PGA Championship, and plans to play in the U.S. Junior Amateur in late July. Huff, who will also have plenty of support from his teammates and the local community, has signed to play golf with collegiate golf power Auburn University starting this fall.
The tournament announced it will host Michelob Ultra Rockin’ the Fairway, a three-part live music series on-site at Hillcrest Country Club Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at the conclusion of golf action. Marcus Eaton, a Boise native, will perform at the conclusion of first round golf on Thursday, July 9th. The music will start when the final putt drops around 7 PM, with Happy Hour hosted by Hillcrest Country Club beginning at 5 PM. Local favorite Pilot Error will take the stage Friday evening, July 10th, which will follow the same schedule as Thursday. Saturday’s live music will feature Boise’s own David Andrews Band and will begin at 6 PM. All Albertsons Boise Open ticket holders are granted admission for the live music with their daily or weekly golf ticket. Daily tickets are $15 and weekly tickets purchased in advance are $25, or $35 at the gate. Tickets are available at www.AlbertsonsBoiseOpen.com.
The Albertsons Boise Open also announced the schedule of special events for the week. The Idaho Statesman Junior Clinic moves this year to Wednesday, July 8th at 5:00 PM, and as always is free for all junior golfers and their families. Family Day featuring games, mascots, face painting, snow cones, and reptile shows will take place on Saturday from 11 AM – 3 PM. The Free Bisquick Pancake Breakfast for all ticket holders will be Sunday beginning at 9 AM. The Patriots’ Outpost hospitality area, open to all active, retired, and reserve military and their families, will be open Thursday to Sunday beginning at 10 AM.
The Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco has given over $17 Million to hundreds of charities since the tournament began, which is an all-time record on the Web.com Tour in terms of total charitable contributions.
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(April 17, 2015) – Albertsons Boise Open and Boise State University Alum Troy Merritt caught fire during the second round of the RBC Heritage Classic. Troy torched the back nine at Harbour Town Golf Links, going out in a record-breaking 7-under par 28 en route to tying the course record with a 10-under 61. Merritt finished his day with four straight birdies, moving to 12 under for the tournament and taking a four-shot lead on the field at the end of his round. The record-tying showing came in the afternoon after 2015 Masters champion Jordan Spieth shot 62 in the morning to reach 6 under.
“It’s all about tempo for me, and the tempo was really solid today,” said Merritt to the Golf Channel following the round. “It was fun to roll the putts in and hear the crowd cheer.”
The key for Merritt could have been a lucky charm. Merritt said that he tries not to take a ball out of play after making a birdie with it. His ball got beat up at the 12th hole, but he stuck with it and made six birdies in the remainder of his round.
After hitting an 18-footer for birdie at 15, Merritt stuck his approach shots within 7 feet on the final three holes and converted each of the putts. Merritt hit 13 greens in regulation and needed only 22 putts.
Merritt, a 29-year-old Boise State alumnus, is seeking his first PGA TOUR win, although he finished second at the 2014 FedEx St. Jude Classic. What can he expect tomorrow?
“As long as I can break 61 on the front nine, (I’ll be happy)” joked Merritt. “I just want to enjoy the moment, not think too much about the shots and add them up at the end of the day.”
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Albertsons executives, tournament officials, media representatives, and benefiting charities gathered at the Grove Hotel in Boise on February 11th for the Albertsons Boise Open Beneficiary Breakfast, where checks were distributed to many deserving local organizations. The 2014 Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco generated a record $1.45 Million for local charities. The tournament has generated over $17 Million for Boise charities since its inception in 1990.
2005 Albertsons Boise Open Champion Greg Chalmers Survives Seven-Hole Playoff with Adam Scott to Win Australian PGA Championship
Greg Chalmers captured the Australian PGA Championship on Sunday in dramatic fashion at Royal Pines Resort in Gold Coast, Australia. Chalmers entered the final round seven shots back of 54-hole co-leaders Adam Scott and Wade Ormsby, and carded an 8-under 64 on Sunday to finish in a tie with Scott and Ormsby at 11-under par and set the stage for a three-way playoff. Ormsby lasted three holes in the playoff, booted when Scott and Chalmers made birdie to his par on the third playoff hole. With Ormsby gone, Scott had ample chances to win but could not take advantage. Greg Chalmers made par on the seventh hole of a playoff while Adam Scott three-putted for bogey to hand the title to Chalmers.
The win is the second Aussie PGA for Chalmers, who won in 2011, also as part of a three-way playoff. The playoff was the longest ever for a top-tier tournament in Australia. Chalmers’ putting proved to be the difference after he made eight birdies during his fourth round to post a tournament-low round.
The 41-year-old Chalmers spoke about how he felt after the big playoff victory, “Just phenomenal, I’m worn out. I was all over the place …really excited and thrilled.”
Greg Chalmers is certainly no stranger to playoffs, as he won the 2005 Albertsons Boise Open at Hillcrest Country Club in a playoff over Danny Ellis. Chalmers shot 15-under par for the week and made a par on the first playoff hole to claim his first Web.com Tour victory.
156 of the best professional golfers in the world return to Hillcrest Country Club for the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco July 6-12, 2015. For more information or to buy tickets, please visit AlbertsonsBoiseOpen.com.
With the 2014 Web.com Tour Finals in the books, the 2015 Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco will feature Past Major Champions and PGA TOUR winners
(October 20, 2014) – With the conclusion of the 2014 Web.com Tour season at the Web.com Tour Championship, 50 PGA TOUR cards and priority positions for 2014-15 have been determined. 2014 Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco Champion Steve Wheatcroft finished in 36th position on the priority position list, and is currently playing on the 2014-2015 PGA TOUR, where he made the cut in his first two starts. The PGA TOUR season continues this week with the McGladrey Classic in Sea Island, Georgia.
The Web.com Tour players more than held their own against their PGA TOUR peers in the Web.com Tour Finals, which combined the top 75 players from the Web.com Tour with the players ranked #126-200 on the PGA TOUR in a four-event series to determine who earned PGA TOUR cards for the 2014-15 season. 37 of the available 50 PGA TOUR cards were earned by players who played on the 2014 Web.com Tour. “With 37 of 50 PGA TOUR cards for next season earned by Web.com Tour players, it proves the Web.com Tour is not only the pathway to the PGA TOUR for many of the best golfers in the world, but it now also represents the expansion of the PGA TOUR,” said Executive Director Jeff Sanders.
Some Northwest natives who played in the Albertsons Boise Open performed extremely well on the Web.com Tour this year and will be moving on to the PGA TOUR. Andrew Putnam, who finished in the 8th priority position after the Web.com Tour Finals will be playing the PGA TOUR for the first time in 2014-15, along with fellow Washington resident Andres Gonzales, who finished in the 22nd position and will be playing on the PGA TOUR for the third time. Andrew finished T-33 this past week at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, and Andres made the cut in his first two PGA TOUR starts of the season.
One of the other major storylines involves the crop of talented players who did not retain their PGA TOUR cards, and thus will likely be playing on the Web.com Tour next year and in the Albertsons Boise Open at Hillcrest Country Club. Those expected to play on the Web.com Tour next year include former PGA Championship winner Y.E. Yang, former Masters Champion Trevor Immelman, and former British Open Champion Ben Curtis. Also expected to play on the 2015 Web.com Tour are PGA TOUR winners Tommy Gainey, Chez Reavie, Johnson Wagner, Kyle Stanley, Tim Herron, Dudley Hart, Dicky Pride, D.A. Points, Vaughn Taylor, Troy Matteson, and Harrison Frazar. Other noteworthy players likely to be playing the Web.com Tour in 2015 include former U.S. Amateur Champion Kelly Kraft and former PGA TOUR player Charlie Wi.
The field for the 26th Annual Albertsons Boise Open, which will be played July 6-12, 2015, will be stronger than ever. The 2015 Web.com Tour schedule will be released soon, with the season likely to begin in mid-February. For more information, please visit: AlbertsonsBoiseOpen.com
(BOISE, ID – July 20, 2014) – Steve Wheatcroft rolled in 10-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to beat Steven Alker and win the 25th Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco. The pair battled back and forth during a pressure-packed Sunday at Hillcrest Country Club and wound up tied at 24-under par after regulation play.
Wheatcroft watched as Alker’s 30-foot birdie try stopped a couple feet short of the cup and then calmly stepped up and canned the putt to change his season, and perhaps his career, around.
“This is unbelievable. I’m just speechless,” said the 36-year old from Jacksonville, Fla., who won for the second time in his career. “I’ve been playing so badly this year that I thought I might be done. I lost all belief.”
Wheatcroft, with his first child due next month, may have hit bottom earlier this summer and thought about quitting but rediscovered his game at last week’s Utah Championship where he finished T21 after opening with rounds of 65-66.
“There’s something about this place,” said Wheatcroft, runner-up to Luke Guthrie here in 2012. “It started to sink in a few weeks ago that if I didn’t start playing better I’d have to find something else to do. I knew I had to keep fighting and I had some good tournaments ahead of me. I really thought I was going to win this week.”
Wheatcroft started the final day two shots back of Alker, who broke the tournament’s 54-hole record with a 20-under 195 total.
The Indiana grad closed the gap quickly on his playing partner with a pair of birdies followed by a 50- to 60-foot eagle putt on the third hole to wrest control of the lead away from the transplanted New Zealander .
Alker, steady and methodical, regained a share of the lead with birdies at Nos. 9 and 10 and went two up when Wheatcroft chalked up back-to-back bogeys at 12 and 13.
“Had the lead and had a good-looking lead and I got ahead a little bit. Walking to 14 I way trying not to hang my head,” said Wheatcroft. “It was a good lesson going forward. I had to get back in the mindset to make birdies because out here nobody is going backwards.”
Rookie Justin Thomas put a charge on late and posted a 65 to reach 22-under, good for solo third place.
Indiana rookie Chase Wright (66), No. 2 money winner Andrew Putnam (66) and second-round co-leader Zack Sucher (70) all made their presence known but wound up tied for fourth, five off the pace.
That left the stage to the final duo of Wheatcroft and Alker as they punched and counter-punched.
Wheatcroft birdied 14 and 15 and regained the lead when Alker three-putted No. 15 for a bogey. Alker, winner of the Cleveland Open earlier this year, responded with a birdie at the par-5, 16th to tie for the lead again at 23-under.
The pair then traded birdie putts on the par-3, 17th – with Wheatcroft rolling his in from 12 feet and Alker responding with one of his own from 10 feet.
“He followed me right in there,” said Wheatcroft. “That’s the way it should be. It’s fun to be in a good battle like that.”
After missing lengthy birdie putts on the final hole the pair headed back to the 18th tee for the fifth playoff in tournament history and the second in as many years.
“It was a right edge putt and I wasn’t sure if I hit it hard enough,” said Wheatcroft of the winner. “I had a similar putt in regulation so that helped. I knew what it was going to do at the end.
The victory for Wheatcroft, his first since capturing the 2011 Melwood Prince George’s County Open by a Tour-record 12 strokes, was worth $144,000 and vaulted him from No. 89 to No. 11 on the money list and guaranteed him to return trip to the PGA TOUR in 2015.
“I’ve had an awful year and now I’ve had two good weeks and now it’s a good year,” said Wheatcroft. “With a baby on the way you worry about where the money is going to come from. That check is going to pay for a lot of diapers.”
Officials of the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco announced on Sunday a 2014 charitable contribution of $1.45 Million, which pushes the tournament’s 25-year total over $17 Million. The Albertsons Boise Open has the distinction of being the Web.com Tour’s all-time leader in raising money for charity.
FINAL ROUND NOTES:
• Wheatcroft earned his second career win. His first win came at the 2011 Melwood Prince George’s County Open in suburban Washington D.C.
• Wheatcroft earns his second win in his 129th Web.com Tour start.
• Wheatcroft picks up a check for $144,000 to push his season total to $179,365. He jumps from No. 89 to No. 11 on the money list after 16 of 21 regular season events.
• This was Wheatcroft’s seventh start in Boise and he has advanced to the weekend all seven times. Wheatcroft finished T17 last year, T2 in 2012 and has two other top-25 finishes at Hillcrest CC.
• Wheatcroft and Steven Alker bettered the tournament’s 72-hole record of 23-under par, which was set by last year’s playoff participants Spencer Levin and champion Kevin Tway.
• Sunday’s playoff was the fifth in tournament history (1991, 1994, 2005, 2013, 2014).
By Joe Chemycz, PGA TOUR Staff Writer
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Executive Director Jeff Sanders, President, Intermountain Division, Albertsons, Susan Morris, and Albertsons Chief Operating Officer Bob Butler present a check to local charities on the 18th green on Sunday at the 2013 Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft. The tournament generated $1.322 Million for charity in 2013, bringing the grand total charity contribution to over $15 Million in its 24-year history.
(BOISE, ID – July 31, 2013) – Executive Director Jeff Sanders announced that the 2013 Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft generated $1.322 Million for charity, bringing the grand total contribution to charity to over $15 Million in the tournament’s 24-year history. This ranks the Albertsons Boise Open as the #1 event in terms of total charitable giving on the Web.com Tour.
The Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft raised $1.322 Million for charities in the Treasure Valley region, breaking the million dollar mark for the seventh consecutive year. Bob Butler, Chief Operating Officer of Albertsons said, “The community has shown how great their hearts are through their generous support of this event, and the benefit to our Treasure Valley charities is immeasurable. Our local sponsors, media partners, loyal volunteers, vendor partners and Boise golf fans along with the experienced team of professionals from JSP all played key roles in delivering this phenomenal result, and we are grateful to all of them.”
Executive Director Jeff Sanders commented, “The 2013 event was an astounding success. We are extremely proud to be able to partner with Albertsons and impact local charities to this level, and we look forward to producing even better results in years to come. Our team is already in high gear preparing for the 2014 Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft, and Boise can expect another spectacular event and result for charity with next year’s 25th Anniversary.”
About the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft
The Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft is one of only four Web.com Tour events that have existed since the Tour’s inception in 1990, and the event has played host to many of golf’s current superstars. The Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft is much more than a golf tournament, having provided over $15 Million to Idaho non-profit organizations in its history. In addition, it showcases Boise and the State of Idaho to millions of viewers nationally and internationally on Golf Channel.
Established in Boise, Idaho in 1939, Albertsons stores are operated by Albertsons LLC. The company operates around 600 Albertsons stores throughout the Western and Southern United States, and is working to become the favorite food and drug retailer in every neighborhood it serves. For more information, please visit www.Albertsons.com.
About Jeff Sanders Promotions, Inc.
Jeff Sanders Promotions, Inc. (JSP) is a national leader in the golf event management industry. Founded in 1989 by former University of Oregon All-American golfer and PGA TOUR member Jeff Sanders and based in Portland, JSP has produced more than 250 events across the country that have been responsible for generating more than $72 million for non-profit organizations. JSP has produced the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft since 1990. For more information, please visit www.jspgolf.com.
About the Web.com Tour
Founded (1990), owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Web.com Tour identifies those players who are ready to compete and win on golf’s biggest stage. As the official proving ground of the PGA TOUR, three out of four PGA TOUR members are Web.com Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won 362 PGA TOUR titles, including 17 majors and five PLAYERS Championships. Twenty-five PGA TOUR cards are at stake over the course of 21 regular season events and four Web.com Tour Finals events in 2013.
Jeff Sanders, Executive Director, Jeff Sanders Promotions, Inc. 503-924-6200 email@example.com
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(BOISE, ID – July 28, 2013) – Rookie Kevin Tway rolled in a six-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to beat Spencer Levin and win the Albertsons Boise Open. Tway rallied late and posted a 7-under 64 at Hillcrest Country Club to force the overtime session with Levin, who was first in the clubhouse at 23-under after carding a 63.
The two players returned to the uphill, 395-yard 18th for the playoff, the third in four weeks on the Web.com Tour but the first in Boise since 2005.
Levin was making only his second start since hand surgery last fall and misfired on his 10-foot birdie effort. That opened the door for Tway to collect his first professional win of any kind.
“My hands were shaking a little bit,” he said. “It was on the same line I had in regulation and I just wanted to make sure I got it to the hole.”
The win was worth $139,500 and moved the former Oklahoma State All-American to No. 6 on the Tour money list with just four events left on the regular season schedule. His next stop will be the PGA TOUR in 2014.
“This means a lot because I’ve struggled since turning pro,” he said. “This really hasn’t sunk in yet. I’ve always wanted to play on the PGA TOUR since I was a little kid.”
Sunday’s finale turned out to be a shootout as the field came within an eyelash of setting a scoring record for the third consecutive day. The scoring average was 68.080 (par 71) and only five of the holes played above par for the week.
Leading money-winner Michael Putnam (63), Canada’s Bronson La’Cassie (65) and 54-hole leader Philip Pettitt (67) wound up at 22-under and tied for third.
Ben Martin (63), Hunter Haas (64), Matt Bettencourt (65), Jamie Lovemark (66), Jason Allred (66) and Will Wilcox (67) shared sixth place at 20-under 264.
Tway moved into contention with an 8-under 63 Saturday and was two shots off the 54-hole pace set by Tennessee’s Philip Pettitt (67/T3). He knew he’d be nervous for the final round so he called his father for some advice.
Papa Bob, who won eight times on the PGA TOUR including the 1986 PGA Championship, was in England at the Senior Open Championship.
“He said to take it just like any other day,” said the Tour’s fourth rookie winner in 2013. “He said to play like I was in 50th place and that I needed to move the leaderboard.”
Tway got close with some early birdies but it seemed everyone was making birdie runs and the leaderboard was lighting up like pinball machine.
“I really didn’t pay attention to the boards,” said Tway. “I looked at number 15 and saw someone was at 22-under. I knew I had to make some birdies coming in.”
Tway was 19-under and actually four back of Levin, who played the final 51 holes without a bogey.
The rookie put the petal down and rolled in a a 10-foot birdie putt at No. 15, a 30-foot eagle putt at No. 16 and another 10-footer for birdie on the par-3, 17th to tie Levin, who had finished 30 minutes ahead of him.
When Tway missed a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole, the stage was set for the fourth playoff in the tournament’s 24-history.
— Weather – Mostly sunny. High of 90. Wind – calm before 2pm then NW 5-10 mph.
— Sunday’s playoff was the third in the past four weeks on the Web.com Tour.
— Sunday’s playoff was the fourth in tournament history and the first since 2005 when Greg Chalmers defeated Danny Ellis.
— Sunday’s scoring average was 68.080.
— Earned his first career win in his 17th career start on the Web.com Tour and his 11th this year.
— Collected a check for $139,500 and moved from No. 39 to No. 6 on the money list.
— Became the ninth first-time winner in 17 events on Tour this year.
— Joined Patrick Cantlay, Benjamin Alvarado and Chesson Hadley as rookie winners on Tour in 2013.
— Matched Luke Guthrie’s tournament record of 15-under 127 for the final 36 holes (63-64).
— Joined Spencer Levin in breaking the tournament’s 72-hole scoring record of 22-under 262, set by Luke Guthrie in 2012.
— Has now made the cut in 9 of his 11 starts this year. His other top-10 finishes include a solo fourth at the Brasil Classic presented by HSBC and a T9 at the United Leasing Championship presented by PTI.
By Joe Chemycz, Web.com Tour staff
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Bill Lunde aced the 13th Hole during the second round of the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco on Friday, July 18th. The feat earned him the #1 position on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays of the day, and his 10-under par 61 on Friday vaulted him into the tournament’s second round lead.