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NCAA Division I Golf Championships: Locals have rough first rounds

Delio, Homa both shoot over par to start NCAA championships

Posted: June 1, 2010 10:54 p.m.
Updated: June 2, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

Both locals at the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships struggled on Tuesday during the first round of play at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Cal State Northridge junior and Saugus High graduate Nick Delio shot a 4-over 76 and is tied for 103rd place out of 156 golfers.

Cal freshman and Valencia High grad Max Homa is tied for 139th after posting a 7-over 79.

Delio made the event based on his finishing in first place individually at the NCAA Southwest Regional on May 22.

He was 2-under par after six holes, but a triple-bogey on the par-4 No. 7 hole turned his day around.

Delio wrapped up his round with bogeys on 17 and 18.

He is eight shots off the lead as Arizona State’s Jesper Kennegard and Augusta State’s Henrik Norlander posted 4-under 68s.

Homa said the course was a tough test.

“Really high rough, the greens run fast,” he said. “It’s a fair test, but if you’re not sharp on your game, it’s not going to be easy on you.”

Homa was 5-over after his first nine holes, then began to roll on his next four, going birdie, birdie, par, birdie to bring his score down to 2-over.

He lost it, though, on his next four holes, going bogey, bogey, double-bogey and bogey.

“You can hit some good shots and get a little bit of a bad break and there’s double, there’s bogey quickly,” he said.

Cal is in 15th place out of 30 teams in the tournament, with a team score of 5-over.Oklahoma State and Florida State are tied for the lead at 5-under.

Cal State Northridge is not in the field of 30.

The top eight teams after 54 holes will advance to match play to determine the national champion.

“The best part for me is I didn’t play well, but I didn’t feel bad. We have two more rounds,” Homa said. “Personally, I’m going to keep to my game plan and play a little better tomorrow.”

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