Fruitland’s O’Neil signs with Broncos

Fruitland golfer Jake O’Neil, middle, signed his letter of intent to join the golf team at Boise State University Monday afternoon.

All of Fruitland’s golf fans won’t have far to go to watch Jake O’Neil, as the senior signed his letter of intent to join Boise State University, Monday afternoon.

O’Neil said a big reason for him committing to Boise State comes from the relationship he’s made with coach Dan Potter.

“Their coach, he’s been there for me since day one,” O’Neil said. “And for me, that’s a big deal. He’s always been rooting for me and rooting for my success.”

In the 2018 golf season, O’Neil took first place at the Idaho 3A State Tournament, finishing with 151 strokes. He leapfrogged teammate Jonas Bicknese in day two as the Grizzlies ended in second place as a team.

While the Grizzlies are still in the middle of basketball season, O’Neil is still working his way through a leg injury he sustained during an open gym in October of 2018. He said he was cleared for golf at the same time he was cleared for basketball (early January).

But O’Neil said he’s never not hitting golf balls, so he’s confident he’ll be ready for his senior season.

“It’s slowly gotten easier, my speed’s still not one-hundred percent,” O’Neil said. “But I’ll be back for spring. It always takes a second to get back.”

O’Neil isn’t the first member of his family to join the Broncos. His older brother, Alec Dhaenens, played tight end for the Boise State football team. O’Neil said it’s very cool for the family to be able to continue competing at Boise State.

“That’s really cool to have, especially with two different sports in the same family,” O’Neil said. “It’s really a dream come true.”

O’Neil said he’s thinking of studying kinesiology at Boise State, but isn’t completely sure yet.

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