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Summerhays, Peacock gain ‘Fame’ in Utah

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Bruce Summerhays, one of Utah's most successful professional players, and Arlen Peacock, one of Utah's all-time top amateur players, will be inducted into the Utah Golf Hall of Fame along with three others this spring.

The Utah Golf Association has announced that five new members will be inducted into the Utah Golf Hall of Fame at ceremonies April 22 at Thanksgiving Point, the current home of the Utah Golf Hall of Fame. Others to be inducted include Marge Fillis, one of Utah's top women golfers during the '50s, William Henrichsen Neff, Utah's most prominent golf course architect; and Joe Bernolfo, one of Utah's top amateur players during the mid-century years.

Summerhays, 57, has won more than $5 million on the PGA Senior Tour since 1994. As an amateur he won almost every amateur title in Utah, including the Utah State Amateur Championship in 1966. He played for the University of Utah, was an assistant professional at the Olympic Club and was head golf coach at Stanford University. He returned to Utah and was a long-time club professional at Wasatch Mountain State Park. On the Senior Tour, he has won two tournaments, the St. Luke's Classic in 1997 and the State Farm Senior Classic in 1998.

Peacock, 69, won the Utah State Amateur Championship in 1972 and 1977 and was runnerup in 1968. He has also won many other individual and four-ball championships in the amateur ranks. He has also played a significant role in golf administration in Utah, serving on the UGA Board of Directors for nine years, and two years as the UGA president.

Fillis dominated women's golf in Utah during the 1950s when she won four Utah State Women's Amateur championships. She also won City Parks three times and the prestigious Schubach four times. Out of state, she won the Oregon Open and finished second in the Nevada Open. She is an active member of the Alpine Country Club.

Neff, who died last year at the age of 95, has a slight edge over a younger, but unrelated Bill Neff, as the most prolific designer of Utah golf courses. Between the two, they have designed about 20 percent of all Utah golf courses. The elder Neff designed Oakridge, Alpine and Bloomington country clubs. He also designed St. George Golf Club, Stansbury, Wasatch Mountain (Lake), Mountain View, Bountiful Ridge and the last nine holes at both Bonneville and Davis Park.

Bernolfo is one of the few golfers to win both the Utah State Amateur and the Utah Open. He won the Utah Open in 1949 at The Country Club in a four-way 18-hole playoff. He won the Utah State Amateur in 1957 and 1961 and was runnerup in 1946 and 1950, both times to Hall of Famer Bill Korns, who will induct Bernolfo.