Bruce Summerhays stepping away from the Champions Tour to serve as LDS mission president

After a magical golf career that included victories in every major tournament in Utah, 16 years on the Champions Tour playing alongside many of the greatest golfers of all-time (and winning $9 million along the way), topped off by an astonishing win in the Utah Open at age 64, Bruce Summerhays is retiring from the game he loves so much.

He is playing one last Champions Tour event this month and will then put the clubs away for at least three years as he takes off next month for Tampa, Fla., where he'll serve as a mission president for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with his wife, Carolyn.

Oh, he'll still play golf, a game he's loved for six decades, for the rest of his life. However, his competitive days are over, and after his mission he'll be playing golf just for fun.

"When I get back I'll be 69," he said. "I'll still play some golf, but it certainly won't be competitive."

Summerhays has basically been retired from the Champions Tour since 2008, when he went from 25-plus events a year to 11, which is the maximum number a "retired" player can play. He said he might have played a few more years as a Champions Tour member, but serving a mission for his church has been the plan for him and Carolyn all along.

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