Boise Open announces two sponsor exemptions

Two players with Idaho ties get spots in golf tournament field

July 8, 2013 

Chris Williams and Joe Panzeri each won Idaho state titles while playing golf in high school. The Boise Open announced Monday that the two will have a chance to chase a trophy at the Tour event, which will be played July 25 to July 28 at Hillcrest Country Club.

Each has been granted a sponsor exemption, which tournaments give to players who might not otherwise qualify for their events.

Williams was the top-ranked amateur in the world until turning pro recently. He earned his first paycheck of more than $32,000 when he finished in tie for 30th place at the Travelers Championship on June 23. Williams won four individual state 4A championships while playing at Moscow High.

Panzeri helped 5A Meridian High win back-to-back titles in 2002 and 2003. He had a successful season on the Canadian Tour last season, when he was one of three golfers to make the cut in all eight of the tour's events.

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