My husband, the TOUR pro: Daniel Summerhays
May 25, 2016
By Emily Summerhays, Special to PGATOUR.COM
- May 25, 2016
- Emily Summerhays shares 18 facts about her husband that fans of the PGA TOUR may not know.
Nobody knows the PGA TOUR pros better than their wives. PGATOUR.COM has asked TOUR wives to send us 18 things we should know about their husbands. This installment was written by Emily Summerhays, wife of PGA TOUR member Daniel Summerhays.
Daniel and I met our freshman year at BYU. Our apartments were matched up to be in a "family" as a means of helping us young freshmen to get to know each other. We all became friends right off the bat but Daniel and I really just clicked.
We would go on long drives and talk for hours. While there was definitely interest with both of us, he had already committed to serve a mission for our church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or "Mormon") in Chile so we tried to avoid getting too attached. He left to go to Chile the summer after our freshman year and for two years we didn't talk once.
We wrote letters and emails almost every week, though, and became so much closer -- although not really in a romantic way. He got home from his mission in June and since we had been such good friends for three years, it didn't take us too long to realize we were crazy about each other and we were married by December of that year (2005).
We've been married for 10 years now and have four gorgeous and rambunctious children -- Jack (8), Patton (6), William (4) and Lydia (2).
1. Daniel is an avid pickle ball player. He just started playing a couple years ago but quickly caught on and has now started competing in local tournaments. However, I will only let him travel further than 50 miles for one sport and there is not too much money in pickle ball.
2. He loves to cook and everyone's favorite dish is his "famous guacamole" which he usually makes in extremely large quantities.
3. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Santiago, Chile and speaks Spanish fluently. For two years he taught people about Jesus Christ and did numerous service projects. One thing he didn't do was play golf. He actually didn't touch a club the entire two years he was there. He gained a great love for the Latino people and culture.
4. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brigham Young University's Marriott School of Business and is way smarter than me.
5. He has mastered a whole array of tricks that he and our boys do in the pool. The fan favorite is "the helicopter" where he holds them over his head and spins and then propels them (safely!) into the water.
6. His post-golf dream job would be to teach lifetime activities and health at the local high school and coach the boys golf team.
7. He has patented several dance moves including the backwards worm and is not afraid to bust them out if the song is good enough.
8. Before Daniel starts all his tournament rounds, all the kids tell him to "make lots of birdies, Daddy" and it has become a sort of ritual. He now has orange tees that say "make lots of birdies, Daddy" on them.
9. Another of his great loves is Ping-Pong and he's been training the kids in the fine art of face angle and spin.
10. He played on the Davis High basketball team his senior year when they won the Utah State Championship. He still loves shooting hoops with the kids there.
11. He marks his ball with an orange smiley face to remind him that golf is a game and should be fun.
12. He spends his winters constructing epic bobsled and luge runs for the kids in the neighborhood. He will literally spend hours sculpting out and maintaining a track.
13. The only cars he has purchased since getting his PGA TOUR card six years ago are a Honda Odyssey mini van and a Ford 15-passenger transit van. The man loves his vans!
14. He is the youngest of Lynn and Ann Summerhays' seven children and comes from a golfing family. His brother Boyd played a year on the PGA TOUR, his Uncle Bruce is a PGA TOUR Champions veteran and his cousin Carrie played on the LPGA Tour. Family golf tournaments are quite competitive -- to say the least.
15. His ideal meal would consist of sushi and chips and salsa. Unfortunately these two things can't usually be found on the same menu.
16. He has an eclectic taste in music ranging from The Mormon Tabernacle Choir to Van Halen and the Backstreet Boys to Rascal Flatts.
17. Our family spent our early days on TOUR traveling in a motorhome which Daniel drove from city to city himself. He once clocked 36 hours straight, stopping only for gas, all the way from Boston to our home in Farmington, Utah. He was highly motivated to get home.
18. His greatest joy in his life is his family. He is absolutely adored by his three boys and baby girl as well as his wife! (Sappy but true)