Former Fox Chapel, Vanderbilt standout still hitting links regularly
In the fall of 2006, Adam Hofmann was The Man in Western Pennsylvania high school golf circles.
He put an exclamation point on his senior year by winning the WPIAL championship. He was also a three-time captain of the Fox Chapel Area High School golf team.
He then took his game to Vanderbilt where he had a successful career.
In his senior year, he led the team in scoring average with a 73.2 average in 32 rounds. He had three top-10 finishes and two top five's in 2011-12 and posted a low round of 67 in the first round of The Prestige at PGA West.
His best finish of the season came at the Memphis Intercollegiate, when he placed fourth with a 221 (80-68-73). He also had a top-five finish at the Carmel Cup in Pebble Beach.
Those weren't his top memories of the year, though.
“My biggest thrill was being a mentor to two of our younger guys and they've gone on to become great golfers,” he said. “I took pride in being a leader on the team and helping younger players out. I was selected to play in the singles of the NCAA Tournament that year but I had some surgery. I guess you could say I was injury-prone.”
He took a redshirt in his junior year because of tendinitis in his wrist and, later on, he suffered a torn labrum in his right hip.
“I took the redshirt because I wanted to play golf for four years and it was a good decision,” he said. “It was a lot of fun my senior year.”
Hofmann, who majored in political science, is back in the area and still playing golf and having success.
He recently competed in the Pennsylvania Amateur in Philadelphia and finished 20th.
“I felt that I played pretty well,” he said. “I'm still playing a lot and enjoying it a lot more. In college it was more like a job. Now, I have a job working for a supply chain company and it's just more fun getting out on the golf course.
“I still put pressure on myself to do well. That's just the way I am. I love to compete and it's fun to be playing in the amateur tournaments. I'm always looking to improve my game.”
He will play in three tournaments this summer and he plans on becoming a regular entrant in the U.S. Amateur, the U.S. Mid Amateur, the Pennsylvania Amateur and the West Penn Amateur.
“The local events are important to me and I hope to play in them every year,” he said.
He also follows the fortunes of the Fox Chapel Area High School golf team.
“I still keep up with them and every time I drive by the course, I wonder about what some of my former teammates are doing,” Hofmann said. “We had some great friendships. It was a wonderful experience and participating in sports has been so important in my development in all aspects of life.”
Marty Stewart is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-782-2123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.