AMERICAN FORK Jeremy Ranch pro Tom Costello and former PGA Tour player Boyd Summerhays both took something positive from Fox Hollow Golf Course this weekend other than a check for $1,750 each.
For Costello, tying for the first-place professional check at the Watts Automotive Fox Hollow Open was his first win on the Utah Section circuit for quite some time. And equaling a player the caliber of Summerhays is quite a feat for someone who normally makes his money in the senior competition.
"You have to feel good anytime you can be right there with Boyd," Costello said.
For Summerhays, the Fox Hollow Open was his first competitive golf in almost six months. So walking away with a share of the first-place check is encouraging for the Davis County resident who aspires for a return to the PGA Tour.
"It was nice to get out here and hit some good shots and do some good things," Summerhays said.
The tournament was a tale of two rounds and two final nines for Costello and Summerhays.
On Saturday, in horrible afternoon winds, Costello played one of his best rounds in years in posting a 3-under 69. But Sunday morning, again in cold and windy conditions, he struggled in with a 78 to finish with a 36-hole 3-over-par 147.
Summerhays let the conditions get the best of him on Saturday by opening with a 77. But on Sunday, he battled the elements to shoot 2-under 70 and chase down Costello.
Costello was 1-under through seven holes Sunday and in total control of the tournament, until his final nine holes. He made double bogey on 12, then bogeyed 14, 15 and 16. On the later two holes he hit his drive into the creek bed. He then failed to get up and down from just off the 18th green to par his final hole.
"I'm really disappointed to finish the way I did. I really fell apart and didn't play well at all coming in," he said.
Summerhays, on the other hand, made up some major ground on his final nine holes. Trailing Costello by nine shots after 10 holes, he made birdie on holes 11, 13, 16 and 18 to catch the leader.
Finishing two back at 149 were Henry White and Bruce Summerhays, Jr. At 150 were Lynn Landgren and Troy Watkins. Rounding out the top 10 were Mike Borich (151), Jimmy Blair (152) and Corey Badger and Scott Fairbanks, both at 153.The actual tournament title, as most figured, went to an amateur because most of the amateurs got the best of both worlds by playing in much better weather conditions each day Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon. John Owen finished at even-par 144, followed by Dan Horner at 146 and Greg Hunt at 148. Tied at 149 were Ryan Job, Brandon Hargett and Steve Poulson. Denny Job and Herb Lyons posted 150s.