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Max Homa, U.S. team start strong at Walker Cup

Posted: September 7, 2013 5:34 p.m.
Updated: September 7, 2013 5:34 p.m.

Valencia graduate Max Homa plays his tee shot on the seventh hole at the 2013 Walker Cup Southampton, N.Y. on Saturday. Photo by John Mummert/USGA

Day one of the 2013 Walker Cup went decidedly in favor of the U.S. team.

Valencia High graduate Max Homa easily beat Max Orrin 5 and 3 in his singles match to help the Americans take an 8-4 overall lead over the Great Britain and Ireland team on Saturday at the National Golf Links of America at Southampton, N.Y.

“I’m so proud. We grinded so hard at the end of that morning session and came around and played well in the afternoon,” Homa said.

Sunday marks the final day of competition, during which the 10-member teams will compete in foursome matches in the morning and singles matches in the afternoon.

It will be the same format that was played Saturday.

The Walker Cup is an international competition that combines two teams of some of the best amateurs in the world who are selected to play in the event which occurs once every two years.

On Saturday, Homa only took part in singles play. He faced off against Orrin, a 19-year-old from England who is the seventh ranked amateur in the world.

Orrin sunk a long birdie putt on the first hole to take a lead 1-up, but Homa immediately answered back with a 45-foot eagle putt on the par-4, 292-yard second hole.

Homa controlled the match from there, posting birdies on Nos. 6, 8, 9 and 15. His birdie on the 15th sealed it.

“It was really windy, like really windy earlier and I was hitting it really well so I just felt like a put a lot of pressure on him,” Homa said.

Homa was one of six U.S. players to win singles matches while Great Britain and Ireland won one and the teams halved another. In the foursome matchups, the U.S. won one, halved one and lost two.

A half point is given to each team for halved matches.

Homa teams up with former University of California, Berkeley teammate Michael Kim for his foursome match Sunday starting at 4:45 a.m. Pacific Time. The two of them are facing Great Britain and Ireland's Garrick Porteous and Rhys Pugh.

In the afternoon session, Homa is set to go against Kevin Phelan in a singles match starting at 10:54 a.m. Pacific Time.

Homa has previously said that he plans to turn professional after the Walker Cup, meaning today will be his final competition played as an amateur.

TV coverage of the event can be seen on The Golf Channel beginning at 10 a.m.


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