Daniel Summerhays, a PGA veteran who lives in Fruit Heights, missed a 5-foot putt for par Tuesday to end his hopes to qualifying for the U.S. Open Championship at Oakmont later this month.
Summerhays took part in a six-player playoff for five spots for the Open at the regional U.S. Open Qualifying at Wedgewood Golf and Country Club in Powell, Ohio. He is now a first alternate for the Open and will await an open spot if a qualifier withdraws from competition at the event near Pittsburgh. Summerhays played in the U.S. Open last year in Washington.
Summerhays, a former BYU star and Utah Amateur champion, joins fellow Utahn and PGA Tour player Tony Finau with first alternate status. Other native Utah golfers who failed to qualify include Jordan Rodgers, Joe Parkinson, Clay Ogden, Preston Alder, Mitchell Schow, Justin Shluker and Rhett Rasmussen.