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The Albertsons Boise Open – Beyond the Fairway and into the Community

Randy Perkins

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Sep 19th, 2016

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The Albertsons Boise Open has graced the Treasure Valley with top-notch golf for 27 years. While many think of the professional tournament as just that, the event offers so much more to the Boise community.

On Monday, Sept. 12, a few of the Albertsons Boise Open golfers drove golf carts from Hillcrest Country Club across the street to Hillcrest Elementary School in Boise. This is where they were greeted by a group of enthusiastic students who were eager to participate in a round of fun, engaging golf activities through First Tee of Idaho. The First Tee of Idaho is a wonderful non-profit whose goal is to positively impact the lives of children with educational programs that build character, instill values and promote a healthy lifestyle through the game of golf. The students spent an hour learning about golf while absorbing values correlated with each activity. The morning wrapped up with a photo op, and of course, healthy snacks for all courtesy of Albertsons. 

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On Tuesday, Sept. 13, six Web.com Tour golfers competed in a shopping/bagging competition to benefit local charities at the Vista & Overland Albertsons store in Boise. Each team of two golfers was partnered with one of the following non-profit organizations: American Red Cross, First Tee of Idaho, and Make-A-Wish Idaho. The golfers were provided a list of grocery items and then judged on their ability to follow the shopping list and efficiency at bagging the groceries. At the end of the competition, each team was ranked based on performance, and each charity received a corresponding donation. Donations totaled $4,500. This year, there was a very special addition to the event. In order to help fulfill the Idaho Foodbank’s constant need for healthy protein, Tyson Foods donated a truckload (33,000 pounds) of food to the Idaho Foodbank! Now that’s a lot of chicken.

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Wednesday, Sept. 14, was the Idaho Statesman Junior Clinic. This is a free golf clinic for kids with personal instruction from Tour Pros.

The PGA Tournament followed from Sept. 15 to 18, where attendees of the event enjoyed a Putt-To-Win-A-Car Contest, live music, food sampling, social media contests and fun prizes!

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All-in-all, the Albertsons Boise Open has contributed well over $18 million to Treasure Valley non-profits. That’s more money given to charity than any other event on the Web.com Tour!

While PGA golf tournaments are about competition and who comes out on top, when the Web.com Tour rolls around for the Albertsons Boise Open, it’s safe to say that the whole community is deemed a winner.

 

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