Last year's champion, Michael Long, was the tournament winner's fourth consecutive year to finish in the top 15 on the money list and graduate to the PGA Tour.
And as it turned out, Long needed every dollar from his Boise Open win. He finished exactly 15th on the final money list, barely edging out Todd Barranger for his PGA Tour card.
This past week's winner, Jason Gore, moved up 43 spots on the money list to 19th, just four spots behind the coveted top 15.
Arron Oberholser, Cliff Kresge and Patrick Moore each have two wins on the season, and hope to add a third to gain the PGA Tour's 'battlefield promotion.'
Any player with three wins in a season is given an automatic exemption to the PGA Tour for the rest of the year and all of 2003.
Now in its 13th year, the Boise Open was one of the original events in the tour's inaugural season back in 1990.
Then known as the Ben Hogan Tour, the event has been played every year at the Hillcrest Country Club, a 6,698-yard par-71 layout, where both J.P. Hayes and Woody Austin share the course record of 61.
This year's total prize money of $575,000 is the richest purse of the season, outside the Tour Championship, with the winner set to receive $103,500.
And that, obviously, is no small potatoes.