BETHESDA, Md. The PGA Tour announced another important sponsorship Wednesday, agreeing to a 10-year deal with Web.com as the sponsor of its developmental tour, which includes a stop in Boise.
The Web.com Tour replaces what had been known as the Nationwide Tour, and the change is effective immediately.
The agreement comes four months after the tour renewed its deal for the FedEx Cup, a $35 million bonus series.
Last fall, the tour negotiated a nine-year television deal with NBC Sports and CBS Sports, meaning its TV contracts are set through 2021.
This is the fifth name of the tours developmental circuit. It began in 1990 as the Hogan Tour, which gave to the Nike Tour. It became the Buy.com Tour in 2000 until Nationwide took over.
The Boise Open which was first played in 1990 has been a stop on the tour through all of those name changes.
This years Boise Open will be played from Sept. 13 to Sept. 16 at Hillcrest Country Club.
Web.com, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is a provider of internet services and online marketing solutions to small- and medium-sized businesses. The company was founded in 1997.
Since going public in 2005, chairman David Brown said it has grown from 50,000 customers to 3 million, and revenues have increased from $30 million to $500 million.
Its OK that you dont know the Web.com name. Thats by design, Brown said. Weve been a very quiet company up to this point.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, though the return on name recognition alone is proven. Nationwide took over as the umbrella sponsor in 2003, and it has turned into a noun in the golf world the name of PGA Tours minor leagues.
TAMARACKS OSPREY MEADOWS REOPENS JULY 4
The golf course closed June 11 to repair damage done to the course by winter ice. The course will have one temporary green remaining. The course was closed after negative feedback from golfers, who were disappointed even after being told course conditions were rough. We just didnt feel like we were representing the course well, said Wolfe Ashcraft, the marketing manager and golf course manager for the Tamarack Municipal Association. Weve seen a lot of change over the last couple weeks. Its still not going to be perfect, but its going to be as good as it possibly can be.
Here are updates on the other mountain courses that dealt with an unusual amount of ice damage this spring:
Jug Mountain: All 18 holes have been open since Saturday, with no temporary greens.
McCall: All 27 holes are open with no temporary greens.
MeadowCreek: All 18 holes are open with no temporary greens.
Terrace Lakes: The second nine opened more than two weeks ago, giving the course 18 holes with no temporary greens.
PGA: Former Boise State golfer and Meridian resident Graham DeLaet has two top-10 finishes and has made the cut in 11 of 16 events this season to make $539,142, which ranks 107th on the money list. DeLaet is playing on a major medical extension this season because he was injured for most of 2011. He needs to earn $118,552 in his next 10 starts to have full status for the rest of the season.
Web.com: Former Boise State golfer Troy Merritt has four top-25 finishes this season and ranks 69th on the money list. Ryan Hietala, who lives in Boise, tied for 13th in Colombia to start the season but has missed the cut in seven of eight starts since. Hes 128th.
Canadian: Joe Panzeri of Meridian tied for third in the ATB Financial Classic last week after shooting 62 in the second round. He ranks 10th on the order of merit, the same spot in which he finished last year. Tyler Aldridge of Nampa finished ninth in the Times Colonist Island Savings Open to start the year and ranks 21st. Former Boise State golfer Scott Loewen, a Canadian who lives in Boise, missed the cut in his only start this year.