Local golf tour watch: Thursday, May 9

May 9, 2013 

BOISE OPEN

WEB.COM TOUR

• When: July 25-28 (it's not in September anymore)

• Where: Hillcrest Country Club

• Tickets: Available atalbertsonsboiseopen.com

• Web.com money leaders (top 25 to PGA Tour): Edward Loar ($199,583), Benjamin Alvarado ($150,100), Will Wilcox ($144,869), Brendon Todd ($143,528), Patrick Cantlay ($135,105).

• Notable: Former Boise State golfer Troy Merritt is 36th on the money list ($42,534). … The Boise Open features the largest purse ($775,000) before the final regular-season event and four Web.com TourFinals events. … The top 25 Web.com players through the regular season receive PGA Tour cards. The top 75 qualify for the Web.com Tour Finals, which will determine 25 additional PGA Tour cards and how those 50 players will be ranked in the tour's priority system. PGA Tour players who finish from 126 to 200 in FedExCup points also will play in the finals.

GRAHAM DELAET

PGA TOUR

• Hometown: Meridian (Canadian who played at Boise State)

• Age: 31

• This year: He's in his fourth consecutive season on the PGA Tour.

• Recent results: He has made the cut in seven of his past eight starts (tied for ninth at The Honda Classic).

• Up next: He makes his second Players Championship appearance this week. He tied for 70th last year. He needs to qualify for the U.S. Open and British Open.

• Standings: He's 65th in the FedExCup standings and 67th on the money list ($569,734). He ranks eighth in driving distance (300.6-yard average), second in greens in regulation and second in ball striking.

• Follow him at: grahamdelaet.com and @GrahamDeLaet

•On his upcoming schedule (via Twitter on Monday): "Month on the road starts today. 4 tournaments and 2 36 hole qualifiers. Pumped for The Players. #lotsofgolf #roadwarrior"

MADELEINE SHEILS

SYMETRA TOUR

• Hometown: Boise

• Age: 23

• This year: She's a rookie on the Symetra Tour. The top 10 money-winners this season advance to the LPGA in 2014.

• Recent results: She has a tie for ninth, a tie for 32nd and a missed cut in three Symetra starts. She has four top-10s, including a win, in five starts on the lower-level Cactus Tour.

• Up next: The Symetra has North Carolina stops in Charlotte (Thursday-Saturday) and Asheville (May 17-19) before she gets a break and a rare trip home.

• Standings: She ranks 31st on the Symetra money list ($2,900).

• Follow her at: madeleinesheils.comand @m_sheils

• On what she's learned about pro golf: "Patience. You're not going to be on every week and you're not going to like everything about every week. You have to learn how to stay patient and wait for the weeks when you do play well and go easy on yourself. That's what I'm trying to do right now. … If you get a top 25, that's a good thing. You stay patient and wait for the weeks when you get lucky and you get a win - at least that's what I'm hoping for."

Text by Chadd Cripe: 377-6398

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