Amidst all the hoopla over former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith playing in the 2021 Siegfried & Jensen Utah Open, it was somewhat forgotten that former PGA Tour regular Daniel Summerhays was also entered in the event.
That changed Friday as the former BYU star and Davis County resident, playing in his first Utah Open, shot a bogey-free 9-under-par 63 at Riverside Country Club.
Summerhays, 37, and Idaho pro T.K. Kim were the clubhouse leaders for quite awhile Friday afternoon before Oregon pro Matt Marshall came in with a 10-under 62 to seize the lead.
Marshall made seven straight birdies on the back nine after a bogey on the par-4 10th hole.
Summerhays, who is mostly retired as a touring pro, taught three classes at his alma mater, Davis High School, throughout the 2020-21 school year, but said before playing in the Korn Ferry Tour’s Utah Championship earlier this month that he is retiring from teaching and will give private golf lessons and pursue other interests.
Summerhays was on the course-record watch when he birdied the first five holes at Riverside, which is BYU’s home course. He birdied the par-5 7th hole and made the turn at 6-under, then got to 9-under by making birds on 10, 12 and 13. He parred the final five holes.
Starting on the 10th hole, Kim also played his first nine holes in 6-under, then made four birdies on the front nine (his back nine). A bogey on the par-4 4th hole kept him from having a piece of the lead.
Marshall, 36, played collegiately at UC Davis and has played on PGA Tour Canada.
Summerhays and Kim, a former Boise State golfer from Hawaii, enter Saturday’s second round tied for second place and two shots clear of out-of-state pros Nick Mason, Zahkai Brown and Phillip Reedy.
Mason and Brown are from Colorado and Reedy is from Las Vegas.
Former BYU golfer Dean Wilson, the 1999 Utah Open champion at South Mountain Golf Club in Draper, is in a group tied for seventh that includes pros Kavan Eubank, Tristan Rohrbaugh and Derek Fribbs.
Former University of Utah golfer Brandon Kida and Riverside head pro Chris Moody are in a group at 5-under and tied for 11th.
Romo, the four-time NFL Pro-Bowler who is currently an NFL analyst for CBS Sports, fired a 4-under 68 and is in a group tied for 18th. Romo tees off at 8:10 a.m. Saturday in the second round.
Tony Romo on his expectations for himself in the Utah Open this weekend. pic.twitter.com/l3EchvwW0e— Jay Drew (@drewjay) August 19, 2021
Smith, the former Riverside club champion who bought the Jazz from the Miller family last October, opened with a 74.
Among the women entered in the tournament, BYU golfer Kerstin Fotu shot 2-under 70 and Arizona’s Grace Summerhays shot 5-over 77.