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Homa ready to live Walker Cup dream

Valencia grad to play in amateur event this week

Posted: September 4, 2013 8:56 p.m.
Updated: September 4, 2013 8:56 p.m.

Max Homa tees off at the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa in June. Homa will compete in the Walker Cup this week.

 

Valencia High graduate Max Homa stands by his earlier statement — the Walker Cup is the most significant golf event of his life.

The 2013 NCAA Division I national champion and 2013 U.S. Open participant now says it on the doorstep of the event.

“Absolutely. It’s got even more stronger and stronger,” Homa said of the statement he made when he was selected to the Walker Cup team representing the United States. “I don’t know how to explain it. I’ve never played for my country. I’ve never had that opportunity. It’s such a driving force. That’s why it means so much to me.”

The amateur equivalent of the Ryder Cup takes place Saturday and Sunday at National Golf Links of America in Southampton, N.Y. and is a biennial competition that will pit the USA against the team of Great Britain and Ireland.

Notables who have played before include Jack Nicklaus, Rickie Fowler, Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Colin Montgomerie and former Santa Clarita Valley resident Duffy Waldorf.

Homa, 22, was selected in July after winning the Pac-12 and NCAA individual championships for the University of California-Berkeley in his senior year.

He was also named a first team All-American and All-Nicklaus team member.

Homa said he’s had the opportunity to play the New York course over the last week and put in 18 holes Wednesday.

“My game has been improving in the last week and half. I’m really excited to play in the tournament,” he said. “I was really excited for the U.S. Open, but it came and went in the blink of an eye. This one I’ve been waiting for for the last two years.”

Homa delayed playing professionally so he could keep his amateur status to play on the Walker Cup team.

That U.S. team includes his former Cal teammates Michael Kim and Michael Weaver.

Great Britain and Ireland won the last event in 2011.

 

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