Albertsons Boise Open - First Round

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Seven golfers with Idaho ties are competing at the Albertsons Boise Open this week, and for most of the morning, one of them was leading the way.

Meridian native Joe Panzeri, celebrated his 27th birthday in style, seven under through 15 holes, he did it with good approach shots and holed some long putts.

Just a shot behind the leader in the clubhouse with three holes to play, the Canadian Tour player's day came undone ... he finished bogey, bogey, bogey. He's four under par, and outside the top 20.

"It's obviously a lot of fun to see your name up at the top, but at the same time, there's a lot of golf left. It's leaves a bit of a sour taste in your mouth leaving the golf course like I did," said Panzeri.

Former Boise State Bronco Troy Merritt struggled to find birdies, finishing one over par on the day.

Hunter Haas and Steven Alker as your leaders after a pair of nine-under first rounds. Players have expected the course to play soft and accessible, which is what many got today.

"The speed is good for holing putts. They're not real fast, they're not slow, it's kind of that nice speed where you feel like you can make a lot of putts, and be aggressive, but you're not gonna run it six, seven feet past the hole," said Panzeri.

"It's fun to make birdies, but when you have to make like ten a day (laugh). It puts a little pressure on you when you're on the first tee knowing that you have to shoot six or seven under," added Mike Putnam.

The top ranked golfer on the Tour is four under par, tied with Panzeri, among others. There are actually three Putnams here this week. We'll have that story on KBOI 2 Sports on Friday.