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College golf: Homa also vying for a title

Valencia High graduate will take part in NCAA Div. I championships with Golden Bears

Posted: June 1, 2010 1:42 a.m.
Updated: June 1, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

Valencia High graduate Max Homa is joining Cal State Northridge golfer and Saugus grad Nick Delio in this week’s NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Homa shot 8-over at the NCAA Southwest Regional on May 22 and tied for 28th at Carlton Oaks Golf Club in Santee.

The top five teams from the event moved on to the NCAA Championships. Cal finished third.

Homa has had a strong debut for the Golden Bears, despite battling illnesses for much of the year.

He has a 73.7 stroke average and has gone as low as shooting a round of 67 when Cal played at the USC Collegiate Invitational. He finished 16th in the March 1-2 tournament.

Homa said reaching the NCAA Championships this early in his career wasn’t something he was thinking about coming into college.

“I didn’t really put a timetable on it. Everything was one year at a time,” he said. “We have a really good team, very-well rounded. Anything was possible. This is really cool being a freshman.”

He’s in a good spot at the NCAA Championships, being that he is not one of the favorites and there is more expected of his veteran teammates.

“I can fly under the radar and not worry about who wants me to do what,” Homa said.

As for Cal’s hopes for a team national title, there are 30 teams competing in Tennessee.

The first 54 holes will be stroke play. That will cut the field down to eight for match play with the finals on Saturday.
Cal is seeded 19th.

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