By Brian Pettis
Sacred Heart Senior Patrick Hoffman is a bit of an outdoorsman at heart, so his love of golf comes naturally.
A former basketball and soccer player for Sacred Heart, Hoffman has found his niche as a golfer.
He was recently one of only three of his teammates to go to sectionals, along with James Lucchesi and Michael Hohne. He called his score of 92 to clinch his spot “A highlight, definitely.”
Hoffman’s participation in school activities is not limited to just athletics, however. He is also active in the music department, playing trumpet in band, as well as participating in the math team.
He is also a member of Sacred Heart’s Envirothon Squad.
“It’s like a quiz bowl that’s just based on nature. Things like soils, aquatics, wildlife and forestry. It’s a just a one day thing, but we work through the year to get stuff combined,” Hoffman said.
In March of this year, Sacred Heart’s team placed seventh overall out of 22 teams at a competition in Jefferson City.
Hoffmann is somewhat of an expert in nature studies, having been a lifelong member of the Boy Scouts. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 2010, and still enjoys camping and fishing.
“On a nice day like today, I’d rather be fishing than golfing, easily,” he said.
However, he’s not too quick to dismiss golf, saying “I enjoy both. I just enjoy being outside. It’s calm and enjoyable.”
He said his favorite fishing spots are Clover Dell and Lake of the Ozarks.
Hoffman has been golfing since his sophomore year, but has always maintained an impressive academic record. He currently carries a 3.75 GPA on a four point scale.
“Academics will help you in life when sports won’t,” Hoffman said.
He has been a Sedalia native his entire life, along with his parents, John and Linda Hoffmann.
His older brother Chris, who is currently attending Iowa State University, is a Sacred Heart Alumni and former baseball player for the school.
After graduation, Hoffmann plans to attend Southeast Missouri State in Cape Giradeau, where he plans to major in recreation.
“You can do a lot of things with it. From park ranger to golf course superintendant.”
The latter of which seems right up his alley, as he “would like to get into golf course management or some sort of golf management staff.”