Rim country golfer Billy Bob Hoyt, a 2004 Payson High School graduate, swung his way to a tie for fifth place in the first round of the Junior Golf Arizona of Arizona State Tournament.
The 18-hole first round was played July 8 at the north course of Antelope Hills near Prescott.
On the par 71 course, Hoyt finished with a 73. The first round leader, Mike Hedstrom of Chandler, shot two-under par 69.
The tournament is slated to wrap up Friday. Results were not available at press time.
The tournament field features some of the finest teenage golfers in the state.
During his four-year golf career at Payson High School, Hoyt starred for the Longhorn team and led it to one state championship and two runner-up finishes.
At a signing ceremony Nov. 15 in Payson, Hoyt inked a scholarship offer to play next season at the University of Hawaii.
"I'm excited about it," he said. "Hawaii is a place I really want to play."
His decision to accept the Hawaii scholarship came at the conclusion of his three-day visit to the university in October.
"I just like everything about it and I liked the coach (Ronn Miyashiro)," Billy Bob said.
Hoyt picked up an additional scholarship when he was selected to receive one of 10 awards doled out by the Arizona Coaches Association and Touchstone Energy. Hoyt learned of the honor in a letter from Arizona Coaches Association officer Joe Burnside.
"We are looking forward to this opportunity to honor you and your parents for your outstanding efforts and achievements," Burnside said in his letter.
The ACA selects the scholarship recipients according to their achievements in the classroom and on the playing field.
In addition to being a four-year varsity letter winner at PHS, Hoyt was an honor roll student.