Bruce Summerhays:Mormon Golfer

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Bruce Summerhays Mormon Golfer

Bruce P. Summerhays is an American professional golfer. He was inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame in 2014. His father, Pres Summerhays was inducted over three decades ago, making them the first father and son team in the history of the Hall of Fame.

Summerhays was born on February 14, 1944, in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended the University of Utah and turned professional golfer in 1966. He has been a top golfer for decades in Utah. He won in every major tournament in Utah and played for sixteen years on the Champions Tour, where he played in 450 tournaments and won nearly $10 million with three victories. He finished second seven times. One of his eight children always served as caddie for him. He played with PGA Tour stars such as Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Lee Trevino. In 2008 at age 64, he won the Utah Open for the first time in his career.

Before going out on tour, Summerhays had been a club professional for most of the previous thirty years. He also worked briefly as the golf coach at Stanford.

He set his professional career aside to serve as mission president in Tampa, Florida, for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which he is a member. He served from 2010 to 2013.

He and his wife, Carolyn, live in Farmington, Utah. They have eight children and thirty-six grandchildren. Some of his children are professional golfers, such as his daughter Carrie Summerhays Roberts and his son Bruce P. Summerhays Jr.. Nephew Daniel Summerhays is also a professional golfer.