Provided by Daniel Summerhays
Last week, Daniel Summerhays, his wife, Emily, and their two young sons spent a night in a Wal-mart parking lot in Fort Stockton, Texas. Two nights later, it was another Wal-mart lot in De Funiak Springs, Florida.
In between, they parked in the driveway of his sister's house in Houston. Earlier in the week, it was a couple of nights in front of his brother Boyd's house in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Welcome to the Summerhays PGA Golf Tour Traveling Show, where the motto is "Have golf will travel."
The former BYU all-American golfer and two-time State Amateur champion travels the country with his young family in a 44-foot motor home, towing the family car behind. They've been doing it for a couple of years now, during his last two years on the Nationwide Tour and this year in his rookie season on the PGA Tour.
"We drive around everywhere and have our little house on wheels," Summerhays says. "Jack and Patton have all their toys and Emily has all her shoes and clothes and I've got all my golf equipment. It's a pretty good deal."
Last week, the Summerhays family traveled nearly 3,000 miles across the country, from southern California to southern Florida, some 46 hours of driving. Aside from the stops in Phoenix and Houston to see family members, it was life in the fast lane along Interstate-10.
And just how fast does he go?
"I keep it on cruise control at 72 — right around par," Summerhays says.
It's not like this all the time for the Summerhays family. During his first two months of the year, they spent most of their time in California and Arizona and never had to travel more than a day to get to the next stop. Summerhays skipped the Tour stop in Mexico last week and spent the time on the road going from California to Florida.
As a 27-year-old with such a young family — Jack turns 3 this month and Patton is 1 — travelling with a home on wheels allows Summerhays to see his family on a daily basis rather than being away for weeks at a time. The Tour provides child care, so Emily can leave the boys for a few hours and go on the course to watch her husband play.
"The nice thing about the motor home is you can just take off and stay somewhere for the whole week," he said. "Utah is a long detour to some of these events. We just hit the road and it's really nice. I'm able to see a lot of my family along the way and Emily's family is spread across the country. This way I don't miss home so much."
Ever since he was a standout junior golfer, Summerhays has had ambitions to play on the PGA Tour. He became one of the youngest-ever winners of the Utah State Amateur in 2000, winning at age 16 at his home course, Oakridge Country Club in Farmington. He followed up with another State Am victory the following year and then took his talents to BYU.
After interrupting his golf career for an LDS mission to Chile, Summerhays came back to star for BYU and shocked the golf world by winning the Nationwide Tour's Children's Hospital Invitational in Ohio as an amateur the summer before his senior year. That victory spurred him to cut his senior season short and turn pro, and he joined the Nationwide Tour in 2008.
He had spotty success his first two years on the Nationwide before breaking through last year with $391,742 in earnings, good for No. 5 on the money list and an exemption for this year's PGA Tour.
"I'm feeling comfortable already," Summerhays said. "The guys are pretty nice out here."
In his two months in the big leagues, Summerhays has found out quickly how different things are compared to the Nationwide Tour.
For one, there's the money.
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