Morgan Hoffmann Gives Back while at Home in New Jersey for the FedExCup Playoffs
ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (August 20, 2014) – The busiest part of Morgan Hoffmann’s schedule at this week’s Barclays may well have come while his other competitors were still at home, packing lunch for the kids.
He didn’t mind. In fact, he was thrilled. As the first of four events which comprise the FedExCup Playoffs events, only the top 125 in the standings earn a spot in the field. Not only is Hoffmann in the field, but this week in New Jersey, he’s also at home.
Born and raised in nearby Franklin Lakes, Hoffmann made this season on the PGA TOUR a good one for him, one good enough to finish No. 124 in FedExCup points and enjoy a home game this week at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus.
As he enthusiastically expected, the home boy’s time was a hot commodity. In conjunction with Birdies for the Brave, his week began first thing Monday at the Picatinny Arsenal Golf Course in Rockaway Township. His appearance and involvement honored both kids and adults, though the real honor is claimed by Hoffmann.
“It was really awesome to be there and give a clinic to all those kids and teach in front of Sergeant Major Bryan Battaglia,” Hoffmann said. “Anything I can possibly I can do for the military, or people who are fighting for our country, is something I’m going to do. We wouldn’t be playing golf for a living if it wasn’t for them. Not only do I have family in the military, but as Americans, we owe our troops for our freedom.”
On Tuesday afternoon, Hoffmann met with a group of kids from the local chapter of The First Tee to not only talk the talk, but walk the walk.
In an effort to promote good health, Hoffmann joined forces with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the official health care sponsor of The Barclays, for the Walking Challenge during The Barclays.
In addition to Horizon BCBSNJ’s donation of $5,000 to the New Jersey Golf Foundation, an organization that removes barriers to bring the game of golf to children of all ages and backgrounds, Hoffmann accepted the challenge to raise additional funds. For every 10,000 steps he records on his pedometer this week, Horizon BCBSNJ will donate $1,000 to the New Jersey Golf Foundation.
So, while the rest of the field descends upon Ridgewood Country Club this week, the home boy will already have quite the leg up. And there’s really no better scenario for him.
“Coming back to my home state, 10 minutes from where I grew up, is an added bonus,” Hoffmann said. “Doing things for the local community is always really special and really close to my heart. If there is ever anything I can do there, I’m on it.”