Led by DeLaet, Boise State golf is making noise

Led by DeLaet, Boise State golf is making noise


by Jay Tust

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Posted on May 28, 2013 at 10:49 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 28 at 10:49 PM

BOISE -- Following a weekend in which former Boise State golfer Graham DeLaet grabbed national headlines at the Clowne Plaza Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas, one can't help but notice the success of the Broncos' men's golf program.

"We produce some really good golfers," said Boise State head golf coach Kevin Burton. "They've been playing good every week and it's fun to follow."

DeLaet was in the spotlight last Sunday chasing his first PGA Tour win. After shooting a 66 in the first round on Thursday, he followed up with a 67 on Friday and a 69 on Saturday.

By the time he birdied No. 1 on Sunday, DeLaet found himself tied for first place. However, over the final 17 holes, he shot four over and ended up tying for 22nd place.

Still it was DeLaet's seventh top-25 finish in 15 events this season as he moved all the way up to 48th place in the FedEx Cup Standings.

But while DeLaet has been the most successful former Broncos golfer so far, others are beginning to emerge.

"We've produced a lot of other players that are out there battling as well," Burton added. "It's fun (to watch)."

Troy Merritt, who suited up in the blue and orange from 2006-2008, is attempting to regain full-time playing privileges on the PGA Tour.

Merritt currently ranks 38th on the Web.com money list with $50,631 this season. The top 25 money winners at the end of year will gain their PGA Tour Card for 2014.

As for the next in line, T.K. Kim - fresh off a stellar senior season at Boise State - now begins his quest.

Kim, who will graduate next semester, is playing in a U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier on Monday, June 3, in Cle Elum, Washington. A win would automatically qualify him to compete against the world's greatest golfers at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania June 13-16.

Despite the excitement and all the success though, Burton was quick to point one thing out.

All of his past players are quality individuals as well.

"They aren't going to let success get to their heads," said the proud coach. "They stay grounded really well."