Pittsburgh teen wins despite quadruple bogey

Posted: August 02, 2007

Adam Hofmann, an 18-year-old Pittsburgh resident, overcame a quadruple bogey on the front nine yesterday to shoot a 73 and win the 94th Pennsylvania Amateur Championship.

"This is a dream come true for me," said Hofmann, from Fox Chapel Golf Club, who will be a freshman in the fall at Vanderbilt University.

Hofmann was a co-leader after two rounds of the 54-hole, medal-play championship. But his hopes appeared to be fading when he carded an 8 on the sixth hole at the Longue Vue Club in Verona, Allegheny County. When he played the final three holes in 1 under par, Hofmann was able to win by a shot over Nathan Smith of Pinecrest Country Club in Brookville, Jefferson County. Hofmann finished the tournament at 2-under 208.

Tops among Philadelphia-area players was Langhorne's Steve Arnold, 22, from Yardley Country Club, who shot a 68 yesterday to finish tied for third, 2 shots behind Hofmann. Arnold is a former Villanova golfer and winner last year of the Golf Association of Philadelphia's Patterson Cup and the Silver Cross.

Berwyn's Cole Willcox, 19, from Philadelphia Country Club, also shot a 68 and finished another stroke back, at even par for three rounds.

- Joe Logan

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