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YOUNG SUMMERHAYS TAKES OLDER GOLFERS TO THE CLEANERS

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Having just turned 13 earlier in the week, Boyd Summerhays was barely old enough to play in the 13-14-year-old division at the Salt City Junior Golf Championships.

Instead, Summerhays decided to take on the big boys in the 15-17-year-old division. And not only did he take them on, he took them all to the cleaners by winning the first-place trophy with the lowest score in the tournament.After firing scores of 74 at Rose Park and 68 at Glendale earlier in the week, Summerhays posted a 1-under-par 71 at the tough Bonneville layout Friday to capture a three-stroke victory over Troy Lashley.

Winning is nothing new to young Summerhays, who already has a room full of trophies. But outside of winning his division at the Junior World tournament in San Diego two years ago, this was his biggest victory, coming against the best junior golfers in Utah.

"They're a lot better than me, but I was fortunate that I played really well," said Summerhays, who showed he has humility as well as talent.

The fact that a 5-foot-1, 105-pounder who just became a teenager a few days ago could beat all the high school-age golfers could be a bit disconcerting to the older golfers. But they seem to handle it all right.

"It's kind of weird," said the 17-year-old Lashley, who will be a senior at Skyline High next year. "It definitely humbles you. But it's great. I'm glad to see it happen and for him to show that it can be done."

Summerhays says he's been treated well by the older fellows even when he beats them.

"They're really good to me," he said. "I'm sure they don't like it, but they don't show it. They're really nice to me."

Finishing third was Chris Moody at 218, while Shaun Jepsen was next at 220, followed by J.D. Larsen and Darrin Overson at 221.

Both of the girls champions were runaway winners.

Skyli Yamada beat Kami Whitehead by a whopping 31 strokes in the girls 15-17 division with rounds of 75, 76 and 74 over the three days. And 12-year-old Sara Hale won the 13-14 year-old division by 27 shots over Court Winchester and Megan Smith with a 277 total.

In the boys 13-14 division Noah Backman won by three strokes with a 226, while Pat Hunt placed second, Jason Shepherd third, Jordan Bloxhan fourth and Blair Bingham fifth.

Many of the top finishers in each division are now qualified to play in the Junior World Championships in San Diego the week of July 20-25.

Summerhays will play there, although he'll drop down and play against guys his own size in the 13-14 age group. He'll also continue playing in a slew of tournaments this summer, including the Men's State Amateur, which he qualified for earlier this month, in early July.

See results on Scoreboard, page D4.