Payson Golfers Catch Attention Of Sun Devils


By virtue of their stellar play during the five-day Arizona State University golf camp, Billy Bob Hoyt and Brandan Kelley caught the eye of Sun Devil head coaches.

"They seemed very interested in the two, especially since they will only be sophomores (at Payson)," said Hoyt's father, Bob.

"I think they like us," Kelley said. "They talked about our swings and things like that."

The camp, held on the ASU Karsten Course in Tempe from June 11 to 16, drew aspiring young golfers from around the state.

In addition to having the ASU coaching staff on hand as instructors, several college players were on hand to assist.

"Recently-turned pros Matt Jones and Jim Park were there," Hoyt said.

The camp curriculum included an early morning wake-up call followed by breakfast and four one-hour sessions on short game play, full swing techniques and putting.

Also, each camper had their swings videotaped and then analyzed by coaches.

On the final night of the camp, Karsten's driving range at ASU was turned into a lighted practice facility, Hoyt said.

Campers hit glow-in-the-dark golf balls into a lighted net about 90 yards away.

Inside the net, there were two-foot diamonds designated as bulls eyes.

During the session, Kelley captured the accuracy award for the most bull's eyes with three.

At the end of the camp awards ceremony, Hoyt was given the "Sparky Award" for his outstanding play.

Both teenagers were members of Payson High golf team that won the school's first-ever Class 3A Arizona State championship.

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