Tour watch: Treasure Valley connections to pro golf

January 9, 2014 

Former Boise State golfer Graham DeLaet.

LM OTERO — The Associated Press

Graham DeLaet, Meridian

The world's No. 37 player will open 2014 at the Farmers Insurance Open (Jan. 23-26) near San Diego. He has received an invite to the Masters. He already is 30th in the FedExCup standings with two top-10 finishes when the 2014 season began late last year.

Troy Merritt, Meridian

He advanced to the PGA Tour through the Finals last fall. He's making his 2014 debut Thursday at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

Joe Panzeri, Meridian

The former PGA Canada standout will be a rookie on the Tour this season. Schedule TBA.

Tyler Aldridge, Nampa

The former PGA Tour member will play the Tour this season.

Ryan Hietala, Boise

The Boise State men's assistant coach took a couple seasons off after the birth of his first child. He has status on the Tour as a two-time winner, so he'll juggle a limited tour schedule with coaching this season.

Madeleine Sheils, Boise

The Nebraska grad returns to the Symetra Tour for a second season after fading late at the LPGA qualifying tournament. The season begins Feb. 22.


Former Boise State star T.K. Kim of Boise turned pro Sunday and will try to qualify for the Asian tours. ... The Albertsons Boise Open is July 14-20. ... The Tour is expected to begin Feb. 13 in Colombia.

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