Hoyt, Kelley Stay On Course


This week is a busy one for some of the Rim country's most talented young golfers.

Monday, Billy Bob Hoyt and Brandan Kelley participated in a Southwest PGA tournament at Sun Ridge Canyon (results not available at press time).

Tuesday and Wednesday, the two teenagers will be competing in the Thunderbird Classic Tournament at the Biltmore and Stone Creek courses. Former Payson High School classmate Tyson McKee will also participate.

The week wraps up Thursday and Friday with Hoyt and Kelley joining forces for the Pick-a-Partner tournament at Pebble Brook in Sun City. The Payson team of Tyler Shrum and McKee is also entered.

In Southwest Section PGA action last week at Wildfire in North Scottsdale, Kelley played his way to fifth-place honors in the 15-18 years age division with an 18-hole tally of 78.

Hoyt, one of the hottest golfers on the youth circuit, was stung by a bee while on the 11th hole and had to withdraw.

According to Brandan's father, Kevin, a hive of aggressive bees proved to be problems for the players the entire tournament.

"Brandan had a bee chasing him all along a par 5 (hole) ... it was putt and run," Kevin Kelley said.

Bees were no problem for the 90 players entered in the Tucson City championships held July 11 and 12 on the Randolph course.

There, Hoyt played his way to a fourth-place finish, carding a two-day total of 151.

Course officials, he said, had just punched their greens, which made putting an adventure.

On the first day, Hoyt birdied the course's four par-5 holes to end with a 76.

During the second-day's play, he made the turn one under, but drove through the fairways on a pair of doglegs to finish with a 75.

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