Play was suspended for darkness at 9:40 PM ET but the story was the weather problems. First-round action was stopped twice for lightning and storms and half of the field was unable to finish their first round. The remaining players will complete their first rounds Friday morning.
Omar Uresti, Doug Barron, Jeff Hart and Andy Miller, son of golf analyst Johnny Miller, are in the clubhouse at 4-under-par 68. Brad Ott is also 4-under through seven holes.
Summerhays, the nephew of Senior Tour player Bruce Summerhays, was delayed getting off the tee by the first storm, but once he teed off, he opened with three straight birdies. He bogeyed the fourth but added birdies at six and 10 to reach 4-under before the second stoppage occurred.
'I just tried to relax and stay off my feet,' said Summerhays, speaking about the delay. 'You don't want to be on your feet for 12 hours so I relaxed a bit. When we found out when we were starting, I stretched and prepared like it was the start of the round.'
Summerhays, who grew up 30 minutes from Willow Creek Country Club, collected three birdies and a bogey to get to 6-under before the horn sounded when he was on the 18th hole. Summerhays and his playing partners elected to finish out the hole but that decision turned out to be a mistake. He three-putted from 20 feet, missing his three-footer for par, to drop to minus 5.
'I hate to end the round on that,' said Summerhays, who spent two years at Oklahoma State University and two years on a Mormon mission to Argentina. 'It was a good putt. I hit it right edge and firm and it just caught a lot of hole. It's hard to imagine you've got to putt a three-footer outside the hole but sometimes you have to see it to believe it.'
Joe Daley, Curt Byrum, Fran Quinn and Aaron Baddeley are tied for seventh place at 3-under-par. Don Reese also stands at 3-under-par but only completed five holes.
Ty Tryon, the 18-year-old PGA Tour player, returned to action this week after missing significant time this summer due to a bout of mononucleosis. He birdied his first hole Thursday but bogeyed two of his next three before his round was halted. He stands at 1-over-par but has 14 holes to play in his first round.
Full-field scores from the Utah Classic