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Homa tops locals at SCGA

Four SCV products compete in 110th Southern California Golf Association Amateur Championship

Posted: July 17, 2009 9:55 p.m.
Updated: July 18, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Valencia graduate Nick Delio hits his opening tee shot on the first hole at Wilshire Country Club Friday during the 110th SCGA Amateur Championship. Delio was 5-over on the day.

 
A quartet of local high school men’s golf products teed off in the first two rounds of the 110th Southern California Golf Association Amateur Championship Friday, with one player positioning himself for a potential championship push over the weekend.

Valencia High graduate and soon to be University of California student Max Homa bounced back from a first round 73 to shoot a 4-under-par 67 to place himself in a tie for sixth place after the 36-hole day at the Wilshire Country Club Friday.

“I thought I played pretty well,” Homa said. “At the beginning of my first round I had to scramble a little bit, but I was pleased with my putting. On a course that’s this tough, putting well is a big plus.”

Homa caught fire in his second round, carding a birdie on five of six holes during one stretch.

He is currently four shots behind Phil Walker of Rancho Santa Fe thanks to his second round push, which Homa credited partially to his conditioning.

“I’ve been running a lot so I think that helped,” Homa said. “When you have to play 36 holes, your legs can get tired, but I hung in there and played well after I got going.”

Brian Edick of Valencia and a University of the Pacific graduate posted the second best day by a local player, shooting a pair of 72s to finish at 2-over, which put him in a tie for 16th place.

Hart graduate Johnny MacArthur was the next local on the board after shooting 73 in both rounds, leaving him tied for 27th place at 4-over.

Saugus graduate Nick Delio narrowly made the cut by shooting 5-over to land in a tie for 37th, and earn a spot to play over the weekend.

“My first round was pretty good,” Delio said. “I had three birdies and only one bogey so I thought that I could have a really good day, but I played like a clown in the second round. I’m not the kind of guy to make excuses. I need to make better decisions out there.”

Saturday the remaining players will play the third round before concluding the tournament on Friday.

“I know that I can go out there and have a good round and get back to where I should be,” Delio said. “I mean, I shot a 67 in the practice round so I just need to bounce back. Tomorrow the greens will be smoother, which should help my putting.”

As for Homa, he is not thinking about Sunday and a possible run at the top spot.

“There are two rounds left,” Homa said. “That’s a lot of golf. I just need to play my game, and we’ll see what happens.”

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