Junior Golfer Fine Tuning His Game At Asu Camp

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Fourteen-year-old Billy Bob Hoyt's run to golfing success continues this week with his participation in a five-day camp on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe.

There, the youngster will practice under the tutelage of PAC-10 Coach of the Year Randy Lein.

As soon as the camp wraps up Friday, Hoyt will test his newly learned links skills in the Scottsdale City championships to be contested at Gainey Ranch.

Prior to enrolling in the ASU camp, Hoyt competed in the Phoenix City championships where he finished ninth in the field of 60 golfers, said his father Bob, a Payson High School teacher and coach.

On the first day of the tournament, Billy Bob carded a disappointing round of 77.

"That left him an uphill battle to finish in the top five," Bob Hoyt said.

On the second day, the Rim teen rebounded from adversity to card a 74. The effort, his father said, was commendable since Billy Bob was competing against year-round players from Phoenix and Tucson.

"It was like a state tournament. I love the competition," Billy Bob said.

Also on the youngster's summer golf agenda was a tournament visit to prestigious Troon North June 12. Carding a 76, Billy Bob finished second behind a youngster who turned in a sterling even par 72.

The second-place showing qualifies Billy Bob for the PGA Junior Championships at Mesa's Leisure World Golf Club July 12 and 13.

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