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Pro Changes! Barnes Takes Over at Cedar Ridge, Joe Summerhays Named Head Pro at Glen Eagle
Jared Barnes, the immediate past president of the Utah Section of the PGA, has returned to his childhood home as the head pro at the course he grew up on. Barnes grew up in Cedar City and learned to love the game of golf at Cedar Ridge Golf Course under the tutelage of head professional John Evans.
Evans was the pro at Cedar Ridge for 31 years and opted to retire at the end of last season.
Barnes, who was the head pro at Glen Eagle Golf Course in Syracuse, couldn’t turn down the opportunity to return to his roots.
“I loved my job at Glen Eagle, and the owners there treated me very well,” Barnes said, “but opportunities to return home don’t happen very often. John Evans has been a big influence on my golf career from the beginning.”
The owner at Glen Eagle, Mike McBride, filled the vacancy by naming the Glen Eagle teaching pro Joe Summerhays to the head position.
These changes all took place during the winter months. The three of them, Evans, Barnes, and Summerhays were paired together at the Nike Winter Classic in St. George. Summerhays won the event and Evans made a hole-in-one.
Barnes grew up in Cedar City and along with his school mate buddy Colby Cowan, learned the game from Evans. Cowan is now the Director of Golf in St. George City and Barnes is the head pro at Cedar City, and Evans is enjoying the fruit of the seeds he planted during his years in Cedar City, and Barnes and Cowan are seeing more of each other.
John Evans and Jared Barnes are past presidents of the Utah Section of the PGA and Colby Cowan is the current president. Another Cedar City product of the Evans years is Chris Stover, the head pro at Wasatch Mountain, who is in line to be the section president next year.
Barnes is well prepared for the job at Cedar City. He has been the head professional at Glen Eagle since 2006 and prior to that he was an assistant at Willow Creek Country Club to both Don Branca and Eric Nielsen, two other pros he highly respects and credits for his advancement in golf.
Summerhays is the son of former PGA Champions Tour player Bruce Summerhays, and the cousin of current PGA Tour player Daniel Summerhays.
Summerhays has played competitively for many years, the highlight being when he joined with his dad in winning Johnny Miller’s Champions Challenge at Thanksgiving Point. Another highlight was playing in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
As an amateur Summerhays was runnerup in the Utah State Am in 1994, losing at Ogden Golf and Country Club to Jerimie Montgomery.
Summerhays is 42 and he and his wife have five children. In its latest edition Fairways Magazine published an article about Summerhays’ insightful plans for Glen Eagle. The story was written by Brady Bingham, former sports writer for the Standard-Examiner and is a good read.