There is no better feeling than seeing your dreams come true. For PGA golfer and Boise State alumn Graham DeLaet, he is living his dream in a big way.
“I realized if I put the time in and worked hard that there may be a future in this for me,” DeLaet said. “I didn’t think I would be where am now but I dreamt of it.”
DeLaet is currently ranked 30th in the most recent Official World Golf Rankings and is arguably the most successful athlete to ever come out of Boise State.
Friday, March 28, Boise State honored him and his achievements both on and off the course.
“It was a lot of fun,” DeLaet said. “Seeing those old pictures and videos of my Boise State days brought back some good memories and it was really nice for Boise State to honor me.”
At the event, DeLaet answered many questions in front of a packed crowd from his days as a Bronco to his upcoming appearance at the Masters.
This will be DeLaet’s first ever Masters and he couldn’t talk enough about how excited he was for it.
“For me it’s an absolute dream come true,” DeLaet said. “It’s a reality now and it’s been a lot of hard work to get there and I have had a lot of people help me along the way; it’s been quite the ride.”
DeLaet has had an outstanding season thus far with five top-10 finishes. If he were to win he would become the first newcomer since 1979 to win the covet green jacket.
Boise State men’s golf coach Kevin Burton was the man responsible for putting on the event and honored DeLaet by announcing the inception of the DeLaet golfer of the year award which went to T.K . Kim.
“I don’t think you have seen the best yet,” Burton said. “He (DeLaet) has more talent and more drive than anyone I have ever worked with.”
Burton praised DeLaet’s commitment to not only his game but to the Boise State team as well.
“He is more than what you see on TV. He is very passionate and very friendly and all our team looks up to him,” Burton said. “He inspires them like you wouldn’t believe to someday go out and play with him.”
DeLaet credited Burton and the school in helping him become the player and person that he is today.
“I wouldn’t be here and be where I am now if it wasn’t for him and Boise State golf,” DeLaet said.
DeLaet has been playing golf ever since he was a kid and hasn’t stopped.
“The first time I hit balls I was three years old and I started playing a lot when I was 13 years old,” DeLaet said. “I was literally at the golf course everyday playing 18 to 54 holes a day.”
DeLaet attended Boise State from 2001 to 2006 and in the process became Boise State’s most prolific golfer.
“I was always playing and I learned to win here,” DeLaet said. “I still draw back to those tournaments when I’m playing now and it really developed me as a player.”
DeLaet has taken a lot more out of Boise than just golf though.
“It’s not just golf but the friendships I made,” DeLaet said. “I met my wife here and for us this is home.”