Nicholas Hofman defeated Nick Frey in the final round of match play at the Boys State Junior Championship to win the 64 player bracket. Hofman also won the stroke play event at the Boys State Junior, making him the first player to win both titles since 2011.
The tournament was held at the Kampen Course at Purdue University where Hofman is a member.
“I’ve been playing here since the 3rd grade,” Hofman said. “I’ve been waiting for a tournament like this for a long time.”
After firing a two-day total of 1-under-par, Hofman was the one seed heading into the 64 player match play bracket. While on his way to finals, Hofman had a couple of close matches. In the second round he had to come from behind in the last few holes to win 1 Up. In the quarterfinal match, he also won a tight match 1 Up.
In the final match Hofman quickly took the lead over Nick Frey, one he wouldn’t give up for the rest of the match. With five holes to play, Hofman was 4 Up.
Frey would not give in however as he won the next two holes to gain momentum back. Hofman told himself to stay calm and play his game since he knew he still had the advantage.
On the 16th hole, Hofman made a 30 foot birdie putt to close out the match and claim the title.
With the win, Hofman joins the likes of Bo Van Pelt and Adam Schenk as Boys State Junior Champions.
“It’s so cool to see my name up there with those guys,” Hofman said. “I really look up to Adam Schen, I’ve talked with him a little bit recently and he’s just such an awesome guy.”
Hofman is an incoming junior at Harrison High School in Lafayette. With the win, Hofman qualifies for the Boys Junior PGA at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky.