Golf professional Tee Branca, bowling proprietor and instructor John Keysor and former Provo Daily Herald sports writer Ray Schwartz will be honored by the Old Time Athletes Association at a Feb. 15 banquet at the Olympus Hotel, 161 W. 600 South.

Ream Food Store-OTAA scholarship winners will also be honored. Each year the OTAA gives up to $2,000 scholarships to eight Utah high school graduates to attend a Utah school of their choice.Branca retired from the Salt Lake Country Club on Dec. 31 after 51 years as the head pro - which is more years of service than any other active PGA professional in the country.

His family moved to Salt Lake City in 1916, and he worked as a caddy at the Salt Lake Country club in 1922. He first started playing golf left-handed with four borrowed clubs, switching to right-handed in 1925.

Branca turned professional and joined the PGA in 1930.

Tournament highlights include four Salt Lake City Parks victories and being a medalist for U.S. Open qualifying in 1948.

In 1957 and 1958 he was named Rocky Mountain Section PGA Golf Professional of the Year.

He was inducted into the Utah Golf Hall of Fame in 1991 and was named Utah Section PGA Golf Professional of the Year in 1993.

Keysor started his bowling career as a pinsetter at the old Orpheum and Temple bowling lanes. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1942 and flew 32 missions over Europe. He was tail gunner to Gen. Turner during the Battle of the Bulge.

After his discharge he returned to bowling, where he instituted many youth programs, beginning with the in-school bowling program at South High School in 1951. In 1955 he organized the Elks Junior Bowling League.

In conjunction with the Deseret News and Salt Lake Telegram he organized the Silver Pin Junior Bowling Tournament, which grew to 2,500 participants.

He also taught numerous bowling classes at the University of Utah, various high schools and also to Indian tribes.

Keysor purchased Junction Bowling Lanes in Midvale in 1964. He was president of the Midvale Chamber of Commerce from 1986-1993 and in 1988 received the Bowling Proprietors achievement award for many years of service.

Schwartz was hired as sports editor and general reporter by the Provo Daily Herald in 1948. A graduate of the University of Missouri with a degree in journalism, he was sports editor of the Herald for 20 years and then was an assistant news editor and copy editor for 15 years. He covered the Utah Jazz for eight years and the Salt Lake Golden Eagles for 20 years.

The banquet is open to the public. Cost is $20 per person and reservations must be made by Feb. 12. Tickets and additional information are available by calling Larry Palmer, OTAA secretary, 484-0666.