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Boise State adds sand volleyball team Brandon Walton Staff Writer
For the first time in school history, Boise State has an official sand volleyball team. “I think it’s really exciting and we are all pretty excited about it,” junior outside hitter Sarah Horton said. This brand new sports program was added this past year and its maiden season is officially underway. “It was fun,” freshman middle backer Laney Hayes said. “It was a surprise to come out and see teams with previous experience and that weekend was a big
learning experience for us.” The Broncos had their first games this past weekend with a California road trip that saw Boise State win two out of five matches. “I’m really excited on where we are at,” head coach Shawn Garus said. “We didn’t know what to expect and picking up two wins was just fantastic.” Garus, who is also the head coach for the indoor volleyball team, was instrumental in bringing sand volleyball to Boise State. “I have been involved with trying to grow the sport of sand volleyball for over six years now,” Garus said.
The sand volleyball team is made up entirely of the indoor volleyball team from the fall and its focus right now is helping the team get that valuable extra experience. “I think playing in the sand will get me more comfortable going into my senior indoor season,” sophomore outside hitter Alyssa Gammel said. “It’s definitely going to benefit me and our entire team.” Though much of the team hasn’t played competitively in sand before, Gammel has already seen improvement. “Not a whole lot of us have played sand volleyball
before so it’s definitely a learning experience, Gammel said. “But we have definitely benefitted from it.” Sand volleyball is quite different than normal indoor volleyball so there is a lot to adjust to. “It’s definitely more personal,” Gammel said. “You learn to work with each other and communicate with one another because it’s just you and that other person.” Boise State is hoping the addition of the program will prompt more players to come to the university. “It will really help in the recruiting process,” Garus said. “Being able to be one of the schools that offers
both indoor and sand volleyball is fantastic and this will bring in more recruits.” The future of the sport does indeed looks bright as already several other schools across the nation have or are considering adding it. “I believe there will be as many as six Mountain West schools having a sand volleyball in the next two years,” Garus said. “I see it growing a lot in our conference and it’s a sport that’s not going to go away, so we want to put ourselves in a position where we are going to be competitive.” Despite inexperience the Broncos are looking to
have a solid season and believe they have what it takes to do so. “We definitely have the potential to win matches which we proved this last weekend,” Horton said. “Hopefully we can keep competing, keeping the matches close and getting wins.” The team certainly feels that is only the beginning and that the best is still yet to come. “It’s just exciting to think about the upcoming years,” Hayes said. “Once we get that experience under our belts we can keep getting better and compete with those top teams.”
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Tuesday night marked the beginning of a new reign on campus, the reign of a new Associated Students of Boise State (ASBSU) student government. Bryan Vlok, president of ASBSU, is excited to begin work with his fellow representatives. “I’m very excited. Even now this group has already started planning for what they want to do,” Vlok said. “They are driven students and they just have great ideas and are ready to take on the year and I’m excited to work with them.” Lisa Harris, vice president for Student Affairs, is confident these students will make an impact on campus. “The work that they do will leave a legacy,” Harris said. “What they do is very important and it has meaning for this university.”
The event celebrated the deeds of the previous administration, but more importantly marked the beginning of the newly elected officers eager to make their marks at Boise State. Megan Buxton, assembly speaker, expressed her feelings on her fellow colleagues. “I’m really excited to see where we go with this new group and I feel there are already some good dynamics,” Buxton said. “We have plans, energy, and I think we are going to be unstoppable this year.” Hailey Weatherby, secretary of student organization affairs, can’t wait to get started. “I have always been really passionate about student government,” Weatherby said. “I really believe in helping students achieve their dreams and if they can come up with something they want to do with some idea that has never been done before,
I want to be able to help them with that.” Helping students is Vlok’s main priority. “The one thing I want students to know about ASBSU is that we are truly here for them,” Vlok said. “We are the ones that say ‘How can I help you?’” They not only want to help students but also want to receive input on what they wish to see in ASBSU. “We are really excited to have a dynamic year,” Weatherby said. “We are excited to support innovation, creativity and excitement on campus because we are really interested in what students have to say.” Getting more students involved with ASBSU will be at the top of their list come next year. “I would love to see more people get involved,” Buxton said. “We will be targeting the energy of the younger students to get them plugged in early and use them to transform our
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Bryan Vlok is the new president of ASBSU. campus culture.” Chris Bower, secretary of academic affairs, expressed how honored he feels to serve the university. “This is hands down one of the greatest privileges that I have been able to indulge in and I am spoiled rotten by the gifts that the students here allow me to gain by serving,” Bower said. “I love this position and as much
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as I’d like to think I put into it, I still get more than I could ever put into this.” Harris expressed that the most important part about ASBSU is their ability to serve students and make the experience here at Boise State the best it can be. “It is part of not only their service and charge but their gift and joy to make sure that students see their worth and their value through their ac-
tions,” Harris said. “It is why they do what they do.” New Representatives: President Bryan Vlok, Vice President Lauren Albright, Assembly Speaker Megan Buxton, Secretary of Academic Affairs Chris Bower, Secretary of External Affairs Angel Hernandez, and Secretary of Student Organization Affairs Hailey Weatherby
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You are lonely and don’t know what to do. How about the fabulous Internet and all it has to offer? Create your own dating profile and video. Make sure to be yourself in the video and cry often. That way potential mates will see how in touch with your emotions you are. Be sure to wear your favorite Halloween costume when taking profile photos. After paying for a cable subscription you will wait for ages for the installer to show up at your house. This will take weeks since the cable companies have not yet discovered the craft of the written word and rely solely on the memory of their service personnel who regularly abuse drugs. Perhaps you should try stealing cable from your neighbor.
You didn’t come from this planet. In fact, you are not even from this galaxy! You are from a distant planet whose star was close to exploding, so your parents loaded you onto an interstellar rocket and pointed you toward Earth where you were found by a family of chimpanzees. That’s why you climb trees and like to fling your poo at people. With great power comes great responsibility. Your power over the local hobo factions will allow you to take over city hall and take control of the Iron Throne. All of the neighboring hobo kingdoms will vie for power but only you have what it takes to rule as king/queen of the greater Treasure Valley. Remember to gain control over the only remaining dragons. For eons, mankind has wondered where it came from. Were we put here by a benevolent God? Did we evolve from lower life forms, shaped through millions of years of natural selection and genetic mutation? What donuts are the best donuts? Chocolate? Powdered? The cream filled variety. These questions are the ones keeping you up at night. After falling through a large sink hole, you will be transported back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the earth and cavemen and women tried to eat their delicious flesh. It’s true! Dinosaurs and humans lived together, much like the popular childrens cartoon “The Flinstones.” Except in the past, most of the dinosaurs wanted to eat our flesh, too. You are almost finished with the semester! Keep at it friend! You are the best around and no one’s gonna keep you down! Keep drinking all of those energy drinks and double down on the amphetamine pills so you can stay up day and night completing term papers and trying to pick the bugs out of your skin because they are everywhere!
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The driving under the influence laws in Idaho do not specifically apply to cyclists. can be arrested for public intoxication if they are too drunk to ride safely or are creating a noticeable disturbance to others. According to Gallas, the same alcohol law that applies to any intoxicated pedestrian on Boise’s streets is referred to when encountering citizens cycling under the influence . “If we see folks riding down the road being hazardous to others, that code may apply if we can prove that person is intoxicated,” Gallas said. According to Gallas, Boise police encourage safer alternatives to drink-
ing and driving and aren’t out to bother those who can drink and ride safely. “If folks are riding down the road and they are intoxicated but they are not presenting a danger or disruption or anything like that, we’re not going to be out jamming people up for being intoxicated,” Gallas said. Senior English literature major Shaun Flynn thinks there are plenty of ways to get around Boise on a bike after downing some drinks. “I just take the Greenbelt most of the time,” Flynn said.
Flynn explained he doesn’t like to ride after drinking in areas like downtown where traffic can pose a potential hazard to himself and others. “I usually am super careful downtown and I have lights on my bike so I
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you do it’s hard to keep up with it. So use a service like we’ve got,” Rencher said. Rencher recommends do-it-yourself tactics if going a day or two without a laptop isn’t an option for ailing students. “If you want to do it yourself, research some reasonable tools. One we recommend is called CCleaner,” Rencher said. According to Rencher, programs like CCleaner eliminate unnecessary bits and pieces of applications and folders that can take up space on a computer’s hard drive and slow down
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Operating systems (OS) can slow down over time, causing computer users to shake their heads in frustration as it takes what seems like ages to load basic programs. For David Rencher, assistant manager of the Help Desk at The Zone, dealing with these sort of problems is a common occurrence. “We do see some that are running slow. It’s almost always software decay; they’ve loaded all sorts of junk, too many
toolbars, stuff like that,” Rencher said. Software decay can be caused by an old OS’s inability to cope with newer programs, or because folders and files left over from uninstalled applications bog it down. Before installing programs on a computer, Rencher advised users to scrutinize what they are about to get themselves into, or give the Help Desk a call and get some expert advice. “Watch what you are installing. Try to be intelligent about this stuff. But it’s hard. If this isn’t what
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watch out for people once I get on the Greenbelt,” Flynn said. “To me, drinking and driving is far more dangerous than drinking and riding a bike, but you can still get yourself killed if you aren’t careful.”
Sophomore mechanical engineering major Jillian Helms enjoys riding her bike to and from campus. “I bike around all the time,” Helms said. But when it comes to drinking and biking, Helms prefers to stay safe and keep her consumption to a minimum. “A glass of wine or a beer and I will get on my bike,” Helms said. “Multiple drinks though? No.” According to Helms, drinking and riding among Boise residents is a frequent occurrence in areas where bars are plentiful. “I live downtown and I know that happens a lot. I think it is a better alternative but if you are riding anywhere close to traffic and people, it’s dangerous,” Helms said. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an average of 769 cyclists deaths were caused by traffic accidents. While drinking and riding can be potentially hazardous to motorists and bicyclists alike, Idaho driving under the influence laws do not specifically apply to cyclists. “As far as bikes go and driving under the influence, there is not a code that applies to bicycles unless there is a motor (vehicle) involved,” said Lieutenant Rob Gallas of Boise police. Gallas said bicyclists
its OS. “It will clean caches, files and temp folders. It does quite a bit,” Rencher said. Rencher warned to watch out for ads on web pages promising to improve the performance of a computer. “That’s the other thing you run into, all of these speed optimizers. Those cause more problems than they fix,” Rencher said. “At the very best it’s junk; at the worst, it’s a virus.” Cleaning up an OS may improve a computer’s speed and performance. However, Aaron Greene of Computer Central in Boise said upgrading hardware is a must for long-term efficiency. “Replacing your old mechanical hard drive with a solid state tends to help more because the solid state disk is so fast that even as the software degrades, the user doesn’t even notice it,” Greene said. According to Greene, solid state hard drives have no moving parts and can perform up to five times faster than standard mechanical hard drives. “It’s driven by electricity. It works kind of like your USB thumb drive. It’s just a really big version of that,” Greene said.
If replacing a standard hard drive with a solid state doesn’t satisfy users, Greene recommended taking a look at other hardware upgrades. “Take a look at what your hardware is doing, whether you need more memory or a new processor,” Greene said. After users have solved hardware and software speed issues, Greene said computer files should be backed up regularly and hard drives should be erased and OS’s reinstalled twice a year. “I would say do a full clean up on the PC about once every six months,” Greene said.
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Breaking Expectations is staff writer Danielle Allsop’s firsthand experience living with mental illness. I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before, but I suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Some of you may not think of OCD as a mental illness, but as a way to say someone is “neurotic” in a demeaning way. According to the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH), “feeling the need to check things repeatedly, or have certain thoughts or perform routines and rituals over and over… People with OCD can’t control these obsessions and compulsions. Most of the time, the rituals end up controlling them.” When I first began having bouts of anxiety at the age of 12, I would engage in bizarre, reoccurring rituals, which at the time didn’t seem weird. It was just something I did. Before leaving the house, I would have to wash the dog bowl three times, or, as I convinced myself, something bad would happen to my family. Even when I was washing the dog bowls, I knew how ridiculous it was—how would washing the bowl three times save my family from something bad happening? Whenever I would use my hair straightener or the stove, I would check at least five times to make sure they were off so that nothing would catch fire. It got to the point that when I would try to leave the house, I would end up turning around just to check, again, that they were turned off. When you’re so consumed with following every made-up ritual, you’re not in the right state of mind to comprehend the legitimacy of the ritual. What most people don’t understand is the constant voice that accompanies OCD. There is no “on” and “off” switch. It is a constant stream of thoughts that make it difficult to focus on anything else, until you’ve done what the voice says. Think of a mom, whose toddler hasn’t grasped the “I’m-not-the-only-onein-the-world” stage, constantly begging for mom’s attention. Sooner or later, mom gives in, in the hopes that the toddler will stop talking. But toddlers never stop talking, and neither does OCD. I feel like society uses the term OCD loosely, saying things like “she’s so OCD about her yard,” or “I’m pretty OCD about my closet.” While the sentiment is there, OCD is nothing to joke about.
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Students turned out to the last Service Saturday for the semester on April 5. Quite a few were bleary-eyed having stayed up late participating in Relay for Life the previous night. A breakfast of coffee, slices of fresh melon, muffins, bagels and a large assortment of breakfast burritos were enjoyed by all before getting down to work. The idea behind Service Saturday is to bring Boise State students together to work out in the community. “This event has been going on for the last four years. My office, the Student Involvement and Leadership Center (SILC), picked it up last year,” said Nikki Hanson, student programming assistant for SILC. “What our office does is set up sites for students to go to and, they’ll have a site leader and those are all volunteer students and they take charge of the group and they’ll take them to the site.” Sometimes things don’t go according to plan at Service Saturday. “Two of the sites we had planned did not have enough volunteers, so we had to cancel,” Hanson noted in a follow up email. Service work varied. Students packed goodies into bags for the participants who will be racing in Race for the Cure. An annual
fundraising event for the fight against breast cancer will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Some students organized a storage unit for the Agency for New Americans by separating heavy furniture that would be kept or donated. This private nonprofit organization helps refugees settle into the community. It provides a range of services from English language tutoring to immigration assistance. Other students rolled up their sleeves and got down and dirty at the Boise State Campus Garden. Students planted seeds, pulled weeds and cleaned up the flowerbeds. Most of the work involved good old-fashioned elbow grease such as cleaning up a church for the Original South Boise Neighborhood Association or cleaning up and testing merchandise before the Idaho Youth Ranch put it out on the selves. The help was appreciated wherever it was given. An older couple stopped to say “thank you” to the students cleaning up along the Boise River. Diana Cross at the Boise Public Library book sale was excited to have the volunteers help with sorting and stacking the books to be sold. “They are the Super Saturday students,” Cross said with a large smile. “They’re doing an awesome job. We’re so thrilled to have them here.”
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Students began Service Saturday with breakfast then moved on to various service projects.
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Lambda Pi Eta (LPE) is reaching out. The Lambda Pi Eta Omega Omega Chapter gives members the opportunity to support their community, present original work at research conferences and engage in a variety of activities that further their academic success. “Being a member you are able to find more opportunities to visit with faculty and work one on one with them,” said Robin Jensen, president of
the organization. LPE is a communication honor society which seeks to help members connect to the community around campus as well as to the larger academic community related to the major. Having inducted their first members in fall of 2012, the organization is relatively new to Boise State and it is currently in the process of inducting new members. “It’s actually really tough standards,” said Lauren Bramwell, vice president of the organization. “There is a GPA requirement and students also have to be recommended by
faculty and go through a review process of LPE officers which we do each semester.” To be offered membership, upper division students have to not only meet the minimum cumulative GPA requirement of 3.2 and the collective GPA requirement for communication courses of 3.5, they also must be recommended by a communication instructor. Though it is difficult to become a member, students who join become a part of the national organization which has a name rooted in concepts written by Aristotle.
“Lambda Pi Eta are the Greek letters that represent Aristotle’s three elements of artistic rhetoric,” said Marty Most, associate professor of the communication department and faculty advisor for LPE. “Lambda, or the English equivalent of logos represents logic. Pi represents pathos which Aristotle talked about it almost as an appeal to the soul and eta refers to ethos: credibility and ethic responsibility of communication.” The Omega Omega chapter at Boise State has been successful in giving back to the community. Last April, the students participated in Relay for Life which was an
event that raised $25,000 for the American Cancer Society. Members of Lambda Pi Eta gathered $1,300 which placed the students are among the top three earners against multiple student groups on campus. This year the organization is working with the Communication Department to put on the Comm 101 showcase which will be on April 22 at 7 p.m. in the Hatch Ballroom of the Student Union Building. The event is an opportunity for outstanding Comm 101 students who are selected by their instructors to demonstrate what they have learned in the course and present
their speech in front of a live audience of family, peers and faculty. The students host the showcase to get students engaged in what they are learning and to improve their presentation skills. “Getting the word out is one of our main goals,” Jensen said. “I think having Boise State learn about our honor society will give students more opportunities to go to events like showcase and make them more willing to search us out to find out more about our organization and hopefully have the opportunity to join us their junior year.”
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Franz Ferdinand, the British indie rock band, is coming to the Knitting Factory Wednesday April 23. “The Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action” Tour will be traveling all over the world, from London to Los Angeles. Touring with them to Boise is Cate Le Bon, a singer/song-writer from Penboyr, Wales. She will be performing seven of the shows alongside the band. The tour is 42 shows long including festivals like Solidays in Paris, Mainsquare in Arras and Eurockeennes
in Belfort. Their song “Take Me Out” from their debut album was their second single and was released in January 2004. “Take Me Out” reached number three on the UK Singles Chart. The single was certified Gold by Recording Industry Association of America in November of 2004. Their second album, “You Could Have It So Much Better,” went Gold in the United States and was in the top 10 on Billboard 200. The band has been nominated for multiple Grammy Awards and BRIT Awards. They also won an NME award.
In an interview with James Manning, part of TimeOut London, lead singer Alex Kapranos, talks about the album. “It’s a pretty quirky record,” Kapranos said in the TimeOut interview. “There are some odd moments that you probably wouldn’t do if you were consciously trying to make a very commercialsounding record. When you play live, it brings out a different part of you. It’s the difference between being a house cat and a cat that goes out.” For more information on this upcoming show, visit bo.knittingfactory.com.
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Friday, April 11
Men’s tennis vs UC Irvine, 1 p.m. Men’s tennis vs Idaho, 6 p.m. Alice in Wonderland, Idaho Ballet Morrison Center, 8 p.m. Joe Nichols, Revolution Concert House and Event Center, 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 12
Farmer’s Market, 9 a.m. Men’s tennis vs Idaho, 9:30 a.m. Student Recital, Morrison Center, 1:30 p.m. Alice in Wonderland, Idaho Ballet, Morrison Center, 2 p.m. Men’s tennis vs SDSU, 5:30 p.m. 1920s Murder Mystery, Boise Hotel, 6 p.m. Alice in Wonderland, Idaho Ballet, Morrison Center, 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 13
Andy Grammer, Fatty’s Bar, 5 p.m.
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Franz Ferdinand will be at the Knitting Factory on April 23.
Student publishes mini series Justin Kirkham Staff Writer
The translation of plot and text from the mind to paper is a rigorous process in and of itself. Even further, the same text’s following bouts of revision can take indeterminate collections of hours, dedication and thought. In the end, many writers hope to reach the point at which their crafted text can be published and distributed. However, only a select few are able to relish in such an accomplishment. Former Boise State mathematics major and current English major at the College of Western Idaho, Dayna Daniel is one of those writers. Having completed her novel after returning home for the summer, Daniel is in the process of having her book published by a local publishing company. With artists lined up to illustrate a map of her fantasy world and the cover art for the first installment of her two-part short series, Daniel is finally seeing the evolution of an idea that sparked her interest in the fifth grade. “My best friend had scribbled on my math assignment while she was grading it. I took one look at the scribble and added arms, legs and eyes. I named
it Kiserg the Kentor,” said Daniel, who later wrote a short story about the scribble creature, and eventually, fleshed the whole idea out in novel format. Daniel’s novel follows the plight of Terra Lumis, the last of the Bithus, otherwise known as the human counterparts to the Kentor creatures that Daniel created during her elementary school days. Set in a new world of fantastic creatures, the book highlights the overthrowing of corrupted Kentor in favor of the last pure one in chapters of “survival, freedom, and love.” “Writing has been something I’ve wanted to pursue since I wrote short stories back in the fifth grade,” Daniel said. “My only problem was finding the inspiration to write a full-on novel that would be gripping with hardly any fluff.” Having tried his own hand at getting published several times, aspiring writer James Jensen generally submits poetry and shorter works to literary magazines. “They’ve mostly been the same,” he said, referring to the magazines’ selection personnel. “I’ll send something to a magazine, and a few months later they send me a letter rejecting it.” But, despite his experi-
ences with rejection, Jensen still aims to pursue writing as an optimal and fulfilling career so that “I don’t have to waste my time doing anything else.” “Publishing is not easy, and it’s not cheap no matter which route you take,” said Daniel. She continued to encourage aspiring writers to asses just how involved they want to be in their published pieces. Daniel chose a local publisher so that she could have more control over her final product than a more corporate publishing company could offer. Former Boise State English professor and now current full-time screenwriter and novelist Clay Morgan explained that the publishing process can potentially take equal, if not more, time than the actual process of writing and editing a piece. Daniel said that getting everything together for her novel was the hardest and most time consuming part of the publishing process. She had to choose an editor, select artists and set things in place for the process to actually begin. “I think most good writers are not interested in putting all that effort in, which results in their not getting published,” Morgan said.
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In arguably the most anticipated golf tournament on the PGA Tour, former Boise State golfer Graham DeLaet will become the first Bronco to compete in the Masters when he tees it up on Thursday, April 10 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. “If there is one tournament I could play in and be done with golf it would be Augusta and the Masters,” DeLaet said. “I still kind of pinch myself once in a while to know I’m going to be there in a couple weeks.” DeLaet is not a stranger to the big stage as a professional at this point in his career. While this will be DeLaet’s first Masters, it will
be his third appearance in a major championship, as he finished 83rd in the 2013 Open Championship in his first major appearance, and missing the cut at his first PGA Championship just a few weeks later. DeLaet earned his first Masters invitation by way of his stellar 2013 season long performance, getting himself into the Tour Championship, a tournament reserved for the top-30 on the PGA Tour money list come midSeptember every year, as he finished eighth in the 2013 FedEx Cup race. “I have been playing well, doing the right things both on and off the course. That’s the goal,” DeLaet said. “You want to get in that winner’s circle and the only way to do that is to keep giving your-
self chances.” Now ranking 30th in the world, the Canadian golfer, who still resides in Boise, has made three World Golf Championships appearances this season, events only the top-50 in the world compete in, and seems to be up for the challenge of Augusta National. “I think it (Augusta) suits my game pretty well. It’s long. You have to be able to control the ball well, control your ball flight,” DeLaet said. “Into the greens you have to hit the right spots and control your distance and those are things I kind of pride myself on being able to do.” DeLaet has knocked on the door of his first PGA Tour victory several times in the last couple of seasons, including two runner-up fin-
ishes this season. While no first time Masters competitor has won in their Augusta debut, DeLaet’s confidence is high going into the event. “There hasn’t been a first time winner sine 1979 and I’d like to change that,” DeLaet said. “But that being said, it’s a week I’ve looked forward to my entire life and I want to make sure I have fun. If I can play well, then that would be a bonus.” DeLaet will tee off on Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. MT with 2008 Masters Champion Trevor Immelman, and amateur Oliver Gross. DeLaet’s Friday tee time is scheduled for 7:02 a.m. MT with the same pairings. Coverage of the first two rounds can be seen on ESPN at 1 p.m. MT or at Masters.com.
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