COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — BYU star Daniel Summerhays became the first amateur winner in Nationwide Tour history Sunday, closing with a 2-under 69 for a two-stroke victory in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational.
“It’s been a really special week,” the 23-year-old Summerhays said. “I’ll never forget that feeling and that atmosphere. There is nothing like that feeling … of having people whistle and clap for you. It makes your heart want to break out of your chest.”
Summerhays, who capped his junior season early last month with a fourth-place tie in the NCAA tournament, had a 6-under 278 total on Ohio State University’s Scarlet Course.
Chad Collins (69) and Chris Nallen (71) tied for second, each earning $100,800.
“He (Summerhays) handled himself wonderfully and hit the shots he needed to and made the putts when he needed to make them,” Nallen said. “Give him a bunch of credit for that. My hat’s off to him. … He’s got a great bright future ahead of him.”
Summerhays is the nephew of Champions Tour player Bruce Summerhays.
Tjaart van der Walt (69) was fourth at 3 under, and Patrick Sheehan (66), Steven Bowditch (66), Tom Scherrer (67), Brenden Pappas (67) and Jason Day (67) followed at 2 under. Last week, Day became the youngest Nationwide Tour winner, taking the Legend Financial Group Classic in Highland Heights at 19.