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By Mark Wright

Summerhays to Play LPGA U.S. Women's Open May 31

PROVO, UTAH -- Everyone knows the old saying, "like father, like son." Well, here's a new one, "like father, like . . . daughter?" That may very well be the new catch phrase as Carrie Summerhays takes to the golf course to play in this year's LPGA U.S. Women's Open which tees off on May 31 at the Pine Needles Lodge &Golf Club in Southern Pines, North Carolina. An active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and award-winning golfer at Brigham Young University, Carrie is the daughter of professional golfer Bruce Summerhays. Along with her brothers Boyd and Daniel, Carrie has become yet another outstanding golfer in one of the most well-known golfing families in the state of Utah.

As a member of a golfing family, Carrie has had a lot of experience on the golf course. She's been golfing since she was a child and has rubbed shoulders with golfing's elite. Not only has she caddied for her father, a regular money-winner on the PGA Senior Tour, she's walked the course with Arnold Palmer and eaten lunch with Jack Nicklaus. In addition to being her personal golfing instructor, Carrie's dad Bruce has also found the time to occasionally caddy for Carrie during her college career.

Carrie earned her way into this year's Women's Open field by shooting a final round 70 and finishing at one under par during last weekend's Sectional Qualifying Tournament at the Legacy Golf Course in Phoenix, Arizona. Summerhays tied with four other women for second place in the tournament. Since the top eight finishers advance, Carrie was selected to compete in the Open for the second year in a row. "I was really excited," Summerhays said. "It was something that I've always wanted to do. I guess I snuck in there this year." While her recent success at the Qualifying Tournament is quite impressive, it's just one more step on a trail of golfing excellence that Carrie started walking long ago.

Making the BYU women's golf team as a freshman, Carrie was named first-team All-Western Athletic Conference and finished in eighth place at the WAC Championships. She was equally impressive during her sophomore year when she was named Honorable Mention All-American and repeated as an All-Mountain West Conference pick while shooting the low score for the Lady Cougars at each of the 12 tournaments in which she participated. This year, as a junior, Carrie continued to show her stuff on the links when she set a new tournament scoring record enroute to winning the Coors Beautiful 2-Women Best Ball Tournament.

While Carrie plans on returning to BYU for her senior year, all indications point towards the strong possibility that she'll emerge as a contender on the LPGA Tour soon after that. Although success in professional sports is never guaranteed, given her pedigree and strong showing to date, there is little doubt that the rest of the world will have plenty of opportunities to watch Carrie play for years to come.


Y women's golfer to tee off in LPGA U.S. Open
BYU NewsNet 9May01 S2
By Benjamin Boxer: NewsNet Sports Writer

See also:

LDS Senior PGA Pro Summerhays Stops Streak To Caddy for Daughter

LDS Pro Bruce Summerhays Leads Senior Tour . . . To Arthritis Relief


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