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Golf: Homa headed to the round of 32

Valencia graduate advances at the 110th U.S. Amateur Championship

Posted: August 25, 2010 10:00 p.m.
Updated: August 26, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Max Homa had a plane ticket reserved for Wednesday night to return to the University of California, Berkeley.

The Valencia High graduate was supposed to start the 2010-11 school year today.

That's not going to happen.

Homa defeated T.J. Bordeaux 2 and 1 on Wednesday at the U.S. Golf Association's 110th U.S. Amateur Championship at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.

The Cal Berkeley sophomore was the No. 29 seed in the 64-golfer tournament.

He will face No. 61 seed Carter Newman today at 8:10 a.m. in the round of 32.

Newman defeated No. 4 seed Andres Echavarria of Colombia on Wednesday 2 and 1.

Homa said he had to contend with the golf course, his opponent and his opponent's cheering section, as he is from nearby Tacoma, Wash.

"There had to be 60 people there. Some had shirts that said, ‘T.J.'s Fan Club,'" Homa said. "There weren't too many people on my side."

Homa and Bordeaux were all square after four holes.

On the fifth hole, Bordeaux, a senior at the University of the Pacific, birdied a par-4 and Homa parred it.

Bordeaux went 2 up on the 10th hole, then Homa took over.

Homa birdied the next three holes to go 1 up.

"The biggest swing was on 13. I had some momentum and hit a good drive. His shot went short and left of the green. I hit mine to 2 1/2 feet. He made a bogey and conceded the hole to me," Homa said. "I was really building momentum and his game was going a little south. Mine was peaking."

Homa clinched things when he went back to 2 up on the par-3 17th hole.

He parred it. Bordeaux bogeyed it.

If Homa defeats Newman, he will have to tee off again for the round of 16 at 1:35 p.m.

"If I win the first match (today), physically it won't be a big deal," Homa said. "I'll be pumped up."

As far as school is concerned, all of his professors have been notified about where he is.

Homa will be absent from school today.



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