Former Boise Open winner's flashback round puts him in tie for lead

2010 champion Hunter Haas brought back memories with the best round of his Tour career, a 9-under-par 62.

clangrill@idahostatesman.comJuly 26, 2013 


    Hunter Haas and Steven Alker came one shot shy of the lowest round in Boise Open history. Three players shot 61s, but none in the first round:

    J.P. Hayes, 1994, Round 2

    Woody Austin, 1994, Round 3

    Scott Piercy, 2008, Round 4

  • Boise Open fan facts

    Where: Hillcrest Country Club is located at 4610 Hillcrest Drive in Boise. The par-71 course is 6,807 yards in length.

    When: Gates open at 7 a.m. Friday, and 7:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tee times begin at 7:15 a.m. Friday. ALL TEE TIMES, S3

    Tickets: Go to for information — and to donate to your favorite charity. Daily passes are available at the course starting at $15.

    Parking: There is no parking at the course, but there is free parking at Borah High School (6001 Cassia Street), and a free shuttle that will run regularly throughout the tournament.

    TV coverage on The Golf Channel (tape delayed): 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday; 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 5 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

    Concert tonight: An Evening with Curtis Stigers begins at 7 p.m. Stigers is a jazz musician from Boise. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Tickets bought this week will have to be picked up at will call. There will be preferred lawn seating, and concert-goers are asked to bring blankets only; no chairs and no outside food or beverages are allowed. Free parking and shuttle service from Borah High will be provided.

    2012 champion: Luke Guthrie, who has earned more than $930,000 on the PGA Tour this season.

    Next week: The's next event is the Mylan Classic in Canonsburg, Pa.

    — Chris Langrill



    7:15 a.m. — Fran Quinn, Ryuji Imada, Hunter Haas

    7:25 a.m. — Sam Saunders, Andrew D. Putnam, Jonathan Hodge

    7:35 a.m. — Peter Tomasulo, Philip Pettitt, Jr., Tyrone Van Aswegen

    7:45 a.m. — Andrew Buckle, Danny Lee (No. 9 on money list), Mike Lavery

    7:55 a.m. — Paul Claxton, Len Mattiace, Steve Wheatcroft

    8:05 a.m. — Rob Oppenheim, Will MacKenzie, Troy Merritt

    8:15 a.m. — Brice Garnett (19), Chesson Hadley (3), Mark Anderson (7)

    8:25 a.m. — Jamie Lovemark (14), Ben Martin (4), Jeff Klauk

    8:35 a.m. — Steven Alker (21), Benjamin Alvarado (10), Jim Renner (12)

    8:45 a.m. — Bio Kim, Michael Sims, Derek Fathauer

    8:55 a.m. — Dustin Garza, James Sacheck, John Peterson

    9:05 a.m. — Martin Piller, Bronson La’Cassie, Todd Baek

    9:15 a.m. — Jonathan Moore, Jim Empey, Adam Martens

    NO. 10 TEE / MORNING

    7:15 a.m. — Ariel Canete, Russell Knox, Billy Hurley III

    7:25 a.m. — Cliff Kresge, Lee Janzen, David Lipsky

    7:35 a.m. — Marco Dawson, Shane Bertsch, Rafael Echenique

    7:45 a.m. — Aaron Goldberg, Ashley Hall (22), Chad Collins

    7:55 a.m. — Richard Scott, Ryan Spears, Alex Cejka

    8:05 a.m. — Scott Parel (20), Aron Price, Vince Covello

    8:15 a.m. — Daniel Chopra (25), James Nitties, Peter Lonard

    8:25 a.m. — Brett Wetterich, Byron Smith, Kent Jones

    8:35 a.m. — Brett Stegmaier, Nick Flanagan, Matt Bettencourt

    8:45 a.m. — Bryden MacPherson, Nick Rousey, Stephan Jaeger

    8:55 a.m. — Kevin Kim, Andy Pope, Zack Miller

    9:05 a.m. — Kelly Kraft, Matt Hendrix, Joey McLister

    9:15 a.m. — Riley Arp, Andrew Scott, Sean Thomsen


    12:15 p.m. — Franklin Corpening, Garth Mulroy, Skip Kendall

    12:25 p.m. — Chris Wilson, Sung Kang, Todd Demsey

    12:35 p.m. — Andrew Loupe, Dawie van der Walt, D.J. Brigman

    12:45 p.m. — Joe Durant, Michael Connell, Patrick Sheehan

    12:55 p.m. — Matt Davidson, Randall Hutchison, Todd Hamilton

    1:05 p.m. — Alexandre Rocha (24), B.J. Staten, Bhavik Patel

    1:15 p.m. — Hudson Swafford, Richard S. Johnson, J.J. Killeen

    1:25 p.m. — Scott Sterling, Matias O'Curry, Mathew Goggin (16)

    1:35 p.m. — Edward Loar (2), Chris Smith, Brad Elder

    1:45 p.m. — Reid Edstrom, Erik Flores, Josh Broadaway

    1:55 p.m. — Scott Harrington, Tom Hoge, Jerod Turner

    2:05 p.m. — Oscar Fraustro, I J Jang, Steve Friesen

    2:15 p.m. — Ryan Cook, Scott Smith, Chris Williams


    12:15 p.m. — David Gossett, Roland Thatcher, Brian Duncan

    12:25 p.m. — Adam Crawford, Corey Nagy, Matt Weibring

    12:35 p.m. — Camilo Benedetti, Brad Adamonis, Miguel Angel Carballo

    12:45 p.m. — Gavin Coles, Whee Kim, Guy Boros

    12:55 p.m. — Carlos Franco, Scott Dunlap, Dusty Fielding

    1:05 p.m. — Spencer Levin, Lee Bedford, Ron Whittaker

    1:15 p.m. — Michael Putnam (No. 1), Alex Prugh (15), Tim Wilkinson (8)

    1:25 p.m. — Wes Roach (23), Kevin Foley (17), Kevin Kisner (13)

    1:35 p.m. — Will Wilcox (6), Jason Gore, Alex Aragon (5)

    1:45 p.m. — Brian Prouty, Kevin Tway, Tim Kunick

    1:55 p.m.— Scott Pinckney, Clodomiro Carranza, Fernando Mechereffe

    2:05 p.m. — Dae-Hyun Kim, Jason Allred, Matt Hill

    2:15 p.m. — Tain Lee, Ty Travis, Joe Panzeri

— Hunter Haas had some fond memories come back to him while he played the first round of the Boise Open on Thursday at Hillcrest Country Club.

Haas won the tournament in 2010 with a stellar, 7-under 64 on the final day that year.

Thursday, he shot a 62 to earn a share of the lead with New Zealand’s Steven Alker.

“I played a round similar to this on Sunday (in 2010),” Haas said. “And at one point today it kind of felt like that, and I kind of remembered back.”

If he keeps playing like he did Thursday, the Boise Open is going to shoot up the list of his favorite tournaments. The 24th annual event runs through Sunday, when the winner will be awarded $139,500 out of the $775,000 purse.

“It was just one of those days. I did everything right,” said Haas, who posted the best round of his career on the Tour (217 starts). “I like the course. I think it’s playing fair … but it’s easier than I’ve ever seen it play, let’s put it that way.”

And the golfers took advantage. Haas and Alker matched the lowest opening-round score in the 24-year history of the tournament (three golfers have shot 61 in later rounds). Overall, the field of golfers compiled the lowest first-round scoring average (69.026).

Previous Boise Opens were played in September, and the move to July figures to favor the golfers as the week wears on.

“We’ll see what they do, but if it’s hot, it’s hard to keep a golf course anything but soft,” said J.J. Killeen, who played in Boise five previous times and shot an opening-round 65 Thursday. “They’ve got to keep water on the grass, and it will be a little bit softer maybe. I think there are going to be some low scores this week.”

Haas and Alker certainly set the stage for just that.

(Scroll down for video highlights from Round 1)

Alker finished in the hot afternoon sun, but he did anything but wilt on his back nine. Alker, who started on the back nine, birdied No. 1, eagled No. 2 and then finished his round with three straight birdies to card a 30 and match the best round in tournament history on the front nine.

“I had a nice start, a nice middle and a nice end,” Alker said. “I had a good feel today, and got it going.”

That feeling carried over from a few weeks ago at the Utah Championship, where he shot a career-low round of 61 on his way to winning the event.

“It’s just kind of the confidence rolling,” Alker said. “It’s a funny game. I’ve really been patient the last month or two, and I felt my swing was coming around. I started rolling the ball nice a few weeks ago and started making some putts. I think my ducks are in a row right now. … I’ve just got to get in the hunt again for Sunday and just give myself a chance.”

The final day of the tournament is Alker’s 42nd birthday, so being in contention would be a nice present to himself.

“That would be nice,” he said. “It certainly would.”

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