Prior to playing in the 2017 Masters, Farmington native Daniel
Summerhays conducted an informal tour of Oakridge Country Club. The
highlights included some sites of his mischievous adventures, such as
racing golf carts around the property.
He tells those stories in an effort to relieve his conscience and to show that
he was far from perfect as a child, but the truth is he loved growing up at
Oakridge and still treasures the course and how it helped him build a PGA
Tour-level golf game. Summerhays will be playing in Illinois in the John Deere
Classic the week of the Utah Championship. That’s an important event for
him as he tries to maintain his PGA Tour access for 2017-18.
Yet he’ll be eager to see how Web.com Tour golfers play his home course.
“I wish I could play in the event,” Summerhays said, before adding, “luckily, I
still have my PGA Tour card.”
Summerhays is particularly eager to see how recent changes to the
course, made since Oakridge last hosted the Utah Open for regional pros
and amateurs in 2013.
No. 10 (No. 1 for members) will be played as a 531-yard par- 4, bringing
the course’s redesign into play immediately for golfers who start one of the
first two rounds on the back nine. A stream crosses in front of the green;
Summerhays labels it “very penalizing.” The par- 4 No. 16 was “already one
of the toughest holes on the course,” he said, and now a similarly routed
stream could make a front-right hole location very difficult.
Summerhays knows Oakridge will require some strategy, with a lot of
irons and hybrids being used off the tee on par- 4 holes. As a Web.com Tour
graduate, Summerhays has high respect for its players. He expects them to
shoot very low scores at Oakridge, and he’s sure they will enjoy doing so.
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