For Joseph Summerhays, it was no big deal that the sun had set a half hour earlier and that he and Colby Myers were literally playing in the dark as they teed off on the fifth hole of a sudden-death playoff Sunday at Wingpointe Golf Course and that two cars were needed to shine their headlights on the green so they could see.
Summerhays and Myers were the two survivors of a four-way playoff that had begun an hour earlier at the Burton Lumber Salt Lake City Open. After Myers' 40-foot putt, just missed, Summerhays confidently rolled in a 6-foot birdie putt to end the playoff and put $5,000 in his pocket.
"I've played a lot in the dark I grew up playing in the dark," Summerhays said. "When we play Summerhays family tournaments, we always finish in the dark. I've putted a lot in the dark. I can see the hole."
After the pair had finished playing No. 18, the fourth playoff hole, Wingpointe pro Lynn Landgren said there was "no way" they could play another hole. That meant the four players who started the playoff Summerhays' cousin Boyd Summerhays and South African Ross Wellington were the other two would be declared co-champions and split the first four places.
However, Landgren gave them the option of continuing, so Joseph Summerhays and Myers teed off on No. 1, the fifth playoff hole.
Both players' drives were spotted about 100 yards away, slightly in the rough. After Myers chipped onto the green 40 feet away, Summerhays hit his wedge within six feet of the pin.
Salt Lake City Tournament Event Coordinator Jono Herrick and professional Kury Reynolds each drove their cars up the fairway and parked so their headlights shined on the green.
Myers' putt missed by inches, leaving Summerhays over his putt. However, he told Reynolds in the closest car, "I don't need it," and the lights were turned off. From there, Summerhays calmly stroked the putt into the hole.
For Myers, a 30-year-old from Gilbert, Ariz., it was a disappointing end, and to top it off, he missed his flight home, even though the airport was next door. He had several chances to win but lipped out on his last two putts during his round of 66 and burned the edges with birdie putts on four of the five playoff holes.
Boyd Summerhays had good chances to win on the first two playoff holes but missed an 8-footer and a 10-footer. He was eliminated on the third playoff hole when his 10-foot putt circled the hole and came back three feet.
"I hit three good putts what are you going to do?" he said.
Wellington, the native of South Africa who has been playing in Las Vegas on the Butch Harmon Tour, was the first-round co-leader, but he had an up-and-down round before being eliminated on the second playoff hole with a bogey.
State Am champ Dan Horner won low amateur honors with a 140 total after tying with 17-year-old Zac Blair and winning a playoff. Kim Thompson, the 54-year-old first-day co-leader, won low senior honors after also finishing at 140Ryan Ellis and Issac Jimison tied for fifth overall at 139.
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