Bayley and Jurecic are Idaho Open Champions

Quail Hollow Golf Course bared its subtle teeth yet again in the 2023 edition of the Idaho Open presented by First Tee Idaho.  Even though Mother Nature was on her best behavior, the blunt force trauma of Quail’s greens took its toll…

The 2023 Idaho Open was contested September 15-17 at this mini muni monster of a course and survival was the key.  The regular division required an extra hole and the senior division was decided by a single stroke.  In the end, Rathdrum, Idaho’s Derek Bayley hoisted the hardware with fabulous rounds of 66-67-68=201 for a 9-under-par finish.

His tap-in par on the extra hole took out Kelowna, British Columbia’s Christopher Trunzer, who finished alone in second place.  Local professional Carson Barry from nearby Eagle, Idaho, finished alone in 3rd a single shot off the winning total.  On the senior side, Jay Jurecic, from Crystal Falls, Michigan, came to town and held off defending champion Steve Schneiter from Sandy, Utah.

Jurecic fired rounds of 67-65-70=202 for an 8-under-par total nipping Schneiter by one.  Local amateur Steve Hartnett from Boise, Idaho, was the low senior amateur and finished alone in third place overall with a 1-under-par total of 209.

The low amateur for the Idaho Open proper was Ryan Calcagno from Carmichael, California, whose 4-under-par total of 206 was good enough to hoist the low amateur jug.

The Rocky Mountain Section PGA wishes to thank host PGA Professionals Scott McGeachin, Matt Ennis, and Troy Dykstra from Quail Hollow Golf Course and the City of Boise.  Much appreciation goes out to their ever-hospitable staff and all the local folks welcoming us to their facility.  Additional thanks go to presenting sponsor First Tee Idaho and their Executive Director Nick Blasius, PGA, and our friends at the Idaho Golf Association for their kind assistance.

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