If you have been to a pro, amateur or junior golf event in Hilton Head, South Carolina, chances are you have heard the voices of Dan Hofmann and Henry Pratt. Currently at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship at Long Cove Club, the announcing duo, dressed in plaid pants and red blazers, grab your eye as well as your ear with their boisterous voices as they call girls up to the tee. How did these two men fall into the announcing business? Each have taken a different road but have formed a wonderful partnership.
Hofmann has been an announcer for 21 years but has a long history of sports experience. Out of high school, he was drafted to play baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers and, following the Korean War, he also played for the New York Yankees. An avid golfer and tennis player, he began his Hilton Head golf career as a marshal and then captain for the 18th hole at Harbour Town Golf Links where he announces for the PGA Tour’s Verizon Heritage. He eventually replaced Joe Lewis who was Arnold Palmer’s favorite announcer. Here at Long Cove, Hofmann has been impressed by the golf he has seen as well as the manners and understanding of the rules of golf that the girls possess.
Pratt began announcing 10 years ago when he was asked to be the announcer on No. 10 for the Verizon Heritage. Pratt was then asked to help out the Heritage Classic Foundation which led him to working the Players Amateur and Verizon Junior Heritage. It is through the Heritage that Hofmann and Pratt were invited to announce at AJGA events around Hilton Head. The quality of play has caught the attention of both men.
“They are playing on the same tees we play on and we shoot 80s and 90s so to shoot a 68 out here is incredible,” Pratt said.
–Kathryn Machiela, AJGA Communications