Link Leaders Swing Back Into Action


For the past two summers, Rim Country teenagers Brandon Kelley and Billy Bob Hoyt have been among the most consistent performers in Junior Golf Association of Arizona play.

This spring, they picked up where they left off.

Both youngsters opened the campaign by finishing in the top 10 at a JGAA tournament in Phoenix that drew 40 of the best young prospects in the state.

Last weekend, Hoyt teamed up with 16-year-old Symantha Mendenhall of Phoenix to finish one shot off the lead in a youth scramble tournament played at West Brook Village's Lakes Course.

"We shot a seven under par 64 ... we had a lot of birdie chances that didn't fall," Hoyt said.

In future JGAA play, traditionally contested each Monday throughout the summer, Hoyt is entered in the Four Peaks circuit. Kelley will play on the Squaw Peak tour.

Kelley's next tournament is at the Mountain Shadows course in Phoenix. Hoyt is slated to participate in the Phoenix Metro tournament at Cottonfield Golf Course.

Both youngsters, who graduated from Rim Country Middle School last week, said their golfing goals are to earn positions on the Longhorn varsity team and help earn the school's first state links championship.

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