BOISE -- Former Boise State golfer Scott Loewen has one goal in mind: making it to the PGA Tour. It’s what he has been focused on for years, ever since his time as a Bronco, and the years after when he turned pro.
“There's no question. I've definitely got that talent and the ability to do so,” Loewen said. “I'm hoping to get to that PGA Tour level, for sure, and to call golf a full time job.”
A three-year veteran of the Canadian Tour, Loewen is hoping that he will soon qualify for the Web.com Tour, and make the jump to the PGA after that. Those that know him, and golf, are confident that he has the talent to do so.
“We all know he can play. He's a great young man on and off the golf course,” professional golfer Ryan Hietala said. “I think he's got worlds of talent to really do some really good things this year on the Canadian Tour, and eventually in the future, on either the Web.com of the PGA Tour.”
With the help and support of fellow Boise golfers, that may be possible.
“When people think of Boise, Idaho, they think of Coach Pete, and the Smurf Turf, and all of that stuff,” Hietala said. “Not a lot of golf. We've produced some pretty good golfers in the last ten or twelve years. There's a bunch of guys up here that are putting Boise on the map as far as golf is concerned.”
“He's a great kid, and we just want to help his game out,” Bob Wheeler, a fellow golfer, said. “We've seen success with Joe Panzeri, Graham DeLaet obviously; some of the local guys doing well, so I think it's just great.”
This is why golfers in Boise came out to support Loewen at a fundraising golf tournament on Monday. The scramble format tournament benefited Loewen to help defer the costs of trying to play on tour. Teams came together to share a round of golf, raise money and sponsor awareness for their friend, and help propel another Treasure Valley golfer to the biggest tour in the world.
“What he's doing today, and getting a bunch of his close friends together and have a little fundraiser for some sponsorship money, is great for him,” Hietala said. “He's gained a lot of respect and a lot of people are going to get to know him and follow his career.”
“I was so pleased with the turnout that we got today and the support that I've gotten,” Loewen said. “It's incredible. It's a very good simulation of what Boise's all about. People come together, people like to help people, it's a very friendly community and I'm just grateful to be a part of it.”
Loewen will play on the Canadian tour again this summer. He hopes to follow in the footsteps of fellow Canadian and former Bronco Graham DeLaet, who has had success on the PGA tour.