After racking up $9 million in PGA Tour earnings, this 36-year-old golfer is quitting to become a high school teacher
After the two worst seasons of a solid career, Daniel Summerhays decided that he won't be returning to Q School at the end of this year. Instead, he goes back to high school.
The 36-year-old tour professional leaves the game to return to his alma mater, Davis High School in Kaysville, Utah. There he plans to teach and serve as a golf instructor at the school.
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"It's hard to say, but after a fairly long, above-average career on the PGA Tour, I'm going to step back and take a different direction for a while," Summerhays told Deseret News earlier this week. "I will try out the education system and take on a teacher-mentor role rather than a touring golf pro role."
Summerhays was an outstanding golfer and a member of the state basketball team at Davis before joining BYU All-American. He won a Korn Ferry Tour event when he was still an amateur and raised nearly $ 9 million over his eight full seasons on the PGA Tour, where he posted two second places and a solo third at the 2016 PGA Championship .
It's on the development tour where Summerhays will play one final event before heading to the sunset and rushing to the classroom. He'll tee off at this week's Utah Championship, where he finished sixth last season for his only top 25, finishing sixth.
Obviously, the local event ensures a suitable finish. In Utah, the Summerhays name is king with Daniel's older brother Boyd, a former PGA tour professional, and Tony Finau's current trainer. Uncle Bruce was a PGA Tour Champions player and nephew Preston won the US Junior Amateur last year.
But even if this week had the ultimate end of the picture book, Daniel Summerhays seems pretty much committed to his fall plans.
"When I was thinking about how I want to make a difference, I felt that I could touch a lot of children and spread my influence a little," the father of four told The Deseret News. "I've had the last few years in mind. Your children are getting older and you love being with them, and you're looking for ways to be at home more and more. I loved being at home, especially through the corona virus. "
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