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Delio is top local at Amateur

Saugus graduate’s even-par 284 is good enough to tie for eighth; Edick finishes tied for 12th

Posted: July 19, 2009 10:44 p.m.
Updated: July 20, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Saugus graduate Nick Delio shot a 2-under 69 Sunday to finish tied for eighth at the Southern California Golf Association Amateur Championship at Wilshire Country Club.

Delio, who now plays for California State University, Northridge, finished the tournament at an even-par 284, the best score of the four locals in the event.

Hart graduate and former University of California, Irvine, golfer Brian Edick shot a 2-over 73 during Sunday’s final round and tied for 12th with a 2-over 286.

Valencia graduate Max Homa, who will attend the University of California, Berkeley, this fall, shot a 4-over 75 to finish tied for 25th at 292, and Hart graduate Johnny MacArthur also shot a 4-over 75 to finish tied for 32nd at 297. MacArthur redshirted last season for Pepperdine University.

Austin Graham of San Clemente won the SCGA Amateur Championship with a 6-under 278.

Entering the final round, Delio was at 2-over par for the tournament. He dropped to even par with birdies at No. 8 and No. 10, but he couldn’t come up with any more birdies over the last eight holes.

“I knew I had to go really low to catch the leaders,” Delio said. “I just didn’t make a whole lot of putts. I hit the ball really well, it’s just a few putts came really close to going in. It just wasn’t meant to be.”

If not for a rough second round that saw him shoot 7-over 78, Delio may have been in a better position to catch the leaders.

“I shot three rounds in the 60s, so I’m happy about that,” he said. “I’m pretty happy, but I’m not overly excited.”

Edick was seven strokes back entering the final round, and he came out aggressively on Sunday.

But the strategy backfired as he bogeyed No. 1 and No. 4 and double-bogeyed No. 3.

“From there, you kind of think two things,” he said. “You think, ‘Well, the tournament’s over, but maybe I can save face here.’ I still played aggressive from there on out.”

Edick proceeded to par 12 of the final 14 holes, with birdies at No. 15 and No. 16, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the first four holes.

“The tough part was on the first four holes, I didn’t hit a bad shot,” he said. “They were just miscalculated. I knocked it over the pin.”

Homa struggled early in his final round as well. He started on the back nine and double-bogeyed No. 11 and No. 13, to go along with a bogey on No. 12.

Homa later rounded into form by shooting 1-under on the front nine, including a pair of birdies.

“I just got off to a bad start,” he said. “I pulled it together pretty well and salvaged it. My goal at the beginning of the week was to make the cut and see how I could do from there. I thought I had a chance to put up some good numbers.”

MacArthur had an up-and-down final round that included six bogeys, a double-bogey and four birdies.

If you ask Homa, however, the important thing is that all four local golfers were still playing on Sunday.

“It was a really good experience,” he said. “I was pretty proud of how everyone from the area did.”

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