Making the turn: Bruce Summerhays sets golf aside to serve as mission president

by | Jun. 16, 2010

Saints & Sports

Florida has always held a special place in the heart of Bruce Summerhays.

Particularly Tampa, Fla.

It was there at the Tampa Bay TPC Golf Club that Summerhays qualified for the Senior PGA Tour in 1994, launching an unlikely, yet hugely successful 16-year career playing with many of golf's legends.

Now, as he concludes his career on what is now called the Champions Tour, Summerhays will be spending the next three years as president of the Florida Tampa Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

"We've prepared for a mission, we were called and we're really excited about it," said Summerhays, who will serve with his wife, Carolyn.

Summerhays, who won three tournaments in his career, recently played his final two tournaments as a member of the Champions Tour. He competed at the PGA Senior Championship near Denver, with most of his eight children and 33 grandchildren on hand to cheer his every shot. After making the cut and playing so well, he decided at the last moment to play the following week at Des Moines, Iowa, where he received a standing ovation at the 18th green on the final day.

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