AJGA ASHWORTH POSTSEASON JUNIOR AT SOUTH
South Padre Island Golf Club
Laguna Vista, Texas
September 26-28, 2003
HOFFENBERG'S SCORE SINKS AS WIND SOARS
17-year-old Simi Valley, Calif., resident medals with
147 tournament total
LAGUNA VISTA, Texas - Danny Hoffenberg of Simi Valley,
Calif., claimed medalist honors at the AJGA Ashworth Postseason
Junior at South Padre Island after firing a 74-73-147 tournament
total Sunday. His 1-over-par final round 73 came amid a stiff
Gulf of Mexico wind that had gusts upward of 30 miles per
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Ashworth
Postseason Junior at South Padre Island featured 54 junior
boys from six states. Forty-three players in the field hail
from the Lone Star State.
Hoffenberg's round, which began on No. 10 after an 8 a.m.
shotgun start, got off to a steady start. He made par on his
first six holes before double-bogeying the 420-yard par-4,
16th, the only blemish on his first nine. After making the
turn to the front side at 4-over-par for the tournament, he
birdied No. 1, a 395-yard par-4, and tried to set the tone
for the remainder of his round.
"After I made double, I just tried to make birdie on
every hole," the high school junior said. "I didn't
think an over par score would win, so I just tried to make
birdies. I play my best when I'm playing for birdie, no matter
how hard the hole is."
He had two more hiccups as he came down the stretch when
he bogeyed both Nos. 4 and 5. He played his final five holes
at 2-under-par, though, with birdies on Nos. 7 and 9, giving
him the outright one-shot lead.
"After I had those two bogeys, I knew I couldn't make
any more mistakes," he said. "I got my confidence
back and the birdies just sort of followed."
By firing the low 36-hole total, Hoffenberg received three
AJGA Open tournament exemptions into 2004 events.
"Now that I know I can play, it sets up my whole next
summer," he explained. "Next summer is really important
if I want to get a golf scholarship for college. Now I know
I will be where the coaches are watching."
Justin Bond of Rockwall, Texas, closed with an even-par 72
to card the low round of the tournament and grab runner-up
honors at 148. Brandon Eaton of Houston, Texas, finished alone
in third place at 73-78-151. Houston natives Douglas Schnitzer
and Blake Nommensen round out the top five at 152.
In addition to the three exemptions earned by Hoffenberg,
players in the top five earned two exemptions, while those
who finished in the top 15 earned one.
The AJGA Ashworth Preseason/Postseason Junior Series is a
boys-only series designed specifically for first-time AJGA
members or those who have yet to compete in an AJGA Open event,
AJGA Invitational or AJGA Nike Golf Junior All-Star Series
event. For those who are eligible, participation is limited
to one Preseason event and one Postseason event per calendar
year as long as the junior did not participate in any of the
The series is now in its fourth year and has grown to 10
events nationally, all conducted by the AJGA. Other Postseason
events will also be taking place in Rancho Mirage, Calif.,
Hagerstown, Md., Gainesville, Fla., and Norman, Okla.
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
organization dedicated to the overall growth and development
of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships
through competitive junior golf. The AJGA, the largest association
of its kind, has a junior membership of approximately 5,000
juniors (boys and girls ages 13-18) from 50 states and 30
For more information about the AJGA Ashworth Postseason Junior
at South Padre Island, or any AJGA tournament, please contact
the Association's National Headquarters at (877) 373-2542.