Billy Bob Turns In Golf Shoes For Football Cleats

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A highly successful spring and summer golf season ends soon for 14-year-old Billy Bob Hoyt.

After a two-day Junior Golf Association of Arizona match play tournament wraps up today at Wildfire Country Club near Phoenix. The teenager will put his clubs aside and report to freshman football practice sessions at Payson High School.

Among Hoyt's most recent links accomplishments was a fourth-place finishing in the Thunderbird Junior Classic played Aug. 2 and 3 at the ritzy Arizona Biltmore Golf Club in Phoenix.

Hoyt's final tally of 150 which included an opening round of 78 and a second day total of 72 was 10 strokes off the winning card of 140 turned in by Scottsdale's Kenny Palmer.

According to Hoyt's father, Bob, who doubles as his son's golf coach, the youngster appeared to be out of contention after the opening round."But he leap-frogged over 10 golfers (on the second round) to bring home a trophy," Bob Hoyt said. "Only one other golfer shot better on the backside (Links course) of the Biltmore course.

In another JGAA tournament played July 31 and Aug. 1 at Kierland Golf Club in Scottsdale, Hoyt finished third in a scorecard playoff. His total of 150 included an opening round 76 and a two-over-par 74 on the second day.

Andrew Parrott of Scottsdale carded the winning tally of 147.

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