Young Billy Bob Still Swinging Away

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Only weeks after leading the Payson High School team to a state runner-up showing, Billy Bob Hoyt returned to the links to finish third at the Phoenix Metro Tournament.

Competing May 31 against most of the premier 16-19-year-old golfers in the state, Hoyt finished with a two-day total of 140 that was just three strokes off the winning pace.

According to the teen's father and coach Bob Hoyt, the players who finished first and second were both high school graduates who will be competing on the college level next year.

Hoyt has two years of high school eligibility remaining.

In the Phoenix tournament, Hoyt carded a par 71 on the first day that had him sitting in the fifth position. A second-day tally of 69 propelled him into third.

The youngster might have done even better had it not been for a miscue midway through the tournament.

"He called a two-stroke penalty on himself because he and another player using the same (brand) ball hit each other's by mistake," Bob Hoyt said. "Without the penalty strokes, he would have finished four-under (par)."

For the younger Hoyt, one of the highlights of the tournament played at Falcon Dunes Golf Course at Luke Air Force Base was "watching the F-16 fighter jets take off and land around the clock."

Next up for the local golfer is the Junior Golf Association of Arizona Milt Coggins stroke play championship to begin today at Antigua golf course. The tournament wraps up Thursday.

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