Golf Summer a good time for Anthony
BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2008 Australian Masters | Round Two | 28 Nov 2008
Despite two dropped shots late in his round, Sydneysider Anthony Summers is delighted with the position in which he finds himself at the completion of his opening 36 holes at the Sportsbet Masters at Huntingdale.
Summers second round of 68 has him at 6 under and one behind the lead of South African Tim Clark. Summers actually took the pole position with a few holes to play but a pulled six iron into the left trap at the 16th led to a bogey and a flyer from the left rough at the 18th cost him another shot.
The 39-year-old is pleased however to be in contention again on a golf course which 12 months ago saw him record his best ever finish on the Australasian Tour when 10th. A third round of 67 then set up the good finish.
Summers finished runner up to Peter Lonard at the Von Nida Tour’s New South Wales Open at Liverpool Golf Club in 2004 after a near shank at the final hole cost him a chance at victory.
“I was very nervous there,” he said candidly today.
Today however he even allowed on course commentator Pat Welsh to have a chat with him on the 16th fairway suggesting he was more relaxed than the situation suggested he should be.
With no status on any professional tour internationally in 2008, Summers has plied his trade around New South Wales occasionally venturing into Queensland to play events on the Sunshine Tour there. A month ago he had graduated to the Final Stage of the European Tour.
Although he failed to make the 72 hole cut in the 108 hole marathon, he did gain some form of status on the Challenge Tour in 2009 as a result, an option he intends to take although he may also consider the Asian Tour qualifying process.
The weekend promises much for Summers but whichever the way the cards fall he displays a refreshing passion and zest for the game. Summers might be a professional golfer but there is an obvious feeling that he does this because he loves it.