Boise Open - Day One

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Troy Merritt saves par from a sand trap on the 8th hole during first round action of the Albertsons Boise Open at Hillcrest Country Club in Boise, Idaho.
Well, it's usually pretty easy to find somebody to root for here at the Boise Open. Either a local resident, a Boise State alum, or just a good story like that of golfer Jeff Klauk.

Klauk has suffered seizures his entire 12 year golf career. Early on, they were nothing more than inconvenient, many not noticeable at all. But after a pair of grand mal seizures, Klauk was diagnosed as epileptic, he required brain surgery which happened last April.

Today he teed off in a pro event for the first time in 14 months, seizure free for nearly four months, glad to have the butterflies on the first tee again.

"I've learned a lot about myself, and really a lot about how lucky we are to have so many friends and family to help you out, because you know there were people that would come by and see me in the hospital, and things that the tour players did out here, and stuff like that.

"I'm just gonna use epilepsy, and hopefully help other people out who have it, and show them that we can indeed do great things," said Klauk.

Klauk, even pared today, a little frustrated with his first pro round in 14 months, says he's got some work to do.

Boise State alum Troy Merritt with a nice day, he finished 11th here last year, saves par on the par three eight with the sand save. He finished four under par on the afternoon.

And Boise resident, Ryan Hietala, his first tournament in a month. How about this, uphill on 18, Hietala's second shot lands just feet from the pin. He would sink a very difficult birdie putt, three under par today. Hietala has a new job, you may have noticed the Boise State garb. We're gonna talk about his hiring at Boise State tomorrow on KBOI 2News at 5:30.