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NCAA Division I Golf Championships: Only one finds game

Locals post opposite results on second day of Championships

Posted: June 2, 2010 10:09 p.m.
Updated: June 3, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Nick Delio couldn't get his game back on Wednesday.
Max Homa did.

On the second day of the NCAA Division I Golf Championships at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn., Delio shot 5-over to move to 9-over after 36 holes of competition.

After Homa struggled with a 7-over 79 on Tuesday, he bounced back to shoot 1-under on Wednesday to move to 6-over for the championship.

Delio, the NCAA Southwestern Regional champion admitted that it has been a rocky start so far.

"It's really disappointing. I had a great opportunity to play well and show I could play with the rest of these players," Delio said. "I've shown it to a degree, but it happens. That's golf. This week is just not working out for me. It's funny. I've been playing well, but I haven't been scoring."

The Saugus High graduate and Cal State Northridge junior was positive on Wednesday, despite the struggles.

Delio triple-bogeyed a hole for the second straight day and said it was difficult in each case to bounce back.

He bogeyed four other holes and birdied two par-5s.

"It's kind of weird. I've been hitting the ball pretty well, but my distance control has been off," he said. "I've been missing shots short and long. I've been hitting a lot of good shots. I just haven't been rewarded."

Delio is tied for 129th place out of 156 golfers.

He said it will be impossible to catch the leader, University of San Diego's Alex Ching, who is 9-under, but his goal is to shoot around 68 today during the last round of competition for individuals.

Homa, likewise, is well off the lead, tied for 101st place. Yet he tied for Cal's best score on the day.

The Valencia High graduate is in the tournament because Cal is competing for a team championship.

The Golden Bears are at 11-over as a team and must make up a lot of ground today to become one of the top-eight squads to advance to Friday's match play.

Florida State is in front at 14-under and Clemson and Washington hold the last spot for match play at 1-over.

"No one has made any putts," Homa said of his team. "It's just a matter of all of us putting it together on the same day."

Homa shot 3-under on the back nine, with birdies on Nos. 10, 11 and 17. He double-bogeyed No. 7.




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