Aca Taps Hoyt For Scholar-Athlete Award


University of Hawaii-bound Billy Bob Hoyt will soon add another scholarship to his bounty of offers.

The scholarship will be one of 10 scholar-athlete awards doled out each year by the Arizona Coaches Association and Touchstone Energy.

The Longhorn golfing star and his parents will attend a May 23 awards banquet in Mesa where the scholarships will be awarded. Eight of the scholarship are for $500 and two are valued at $1,000.

The recipients will not know the value of their scholarships until the banquet.

Hoyt learned of the honor May 5 in a letter from Arizona Coaches Association officer Joe Burnside. In the letter, Burnside wrote, "We are looking forward to this opportunity to honor you and your parents for your outstanding efforts and achievements."

The ACA selects the scholarship recipients according to their achievements in the classroom and on the playing field.

Hoyt was a four-year letter winner on the Longhorn golf team and an honor roll student at PHS.

At a signing ceremony held Nov. 15 in Payson, Hoyt inked a scholarship offer to play next golf next season at Hawaii.

After signing, he said,"I'm excited about it, 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 campus in mid-October.

"I just like everything about it and I liked the coach (Ronn Miyashiro)," Billy Bob said.

The scholar-athlete award will supplement what Hoyt receives from Hawaii.

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