100 golfers shoot below par in first round of Boise Open
100 golfers shoot below par in first round of Boise OpenPhoto: Video by IdahoOnYourSide.com
Scrawled atop the "Low Scores" portion of the Boise Open leaderboard, are the words "Go after it day".
That's exactly how the golfers approached round one at Hillcrest. Exactly 100 players scored below par Thursday.
Three Idahoans accomplished the feat: Meridian products Joe Panzeri (-4) and Adam Martens (-2), as well as Moscow's Chris Williams (-1).
Boise State graduate Troy Merritt was 1-over through 18 holes, a stark contrast to the 4-under he scored in last year's first round at the Boise Open.
"I battled pretty hard to give myself a chance tomorrow," explained Merritt. "I'm going to need something like 65 or 64 though. It's out there, and there'll be a good chance in the morning to make some birdies," he added.
Merritt was frank about his performance, saying he just didn't play well. "I need to make fewer pars, fewer bogeys and more birdies," laughed Merritt. "I only had two bogies today, but that's two too many for tomorrow... If i can do that, i can give it a run."
Other local golfers in the field include Boise's Jim Empey (+2), Eagle's Ty Travis (+4), and Sean Thomsen of Idaho Falls (+9).
Hunter Haas and Steve Alker are tied for the lead at 9-under par, one shot of the single round record at the Boise Open. Tim Wilkinson (-8) and Alex Prugh (-7) are just off the pace. 10 players are tied at 6-under, including 2002 champion Jason Gore.
Play resumes at 7:30am Friday.