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Golf: Homa takes out two more

Valencia grad reaches the final eight at the U.S. Amateur Championship

Posted: August 26, 2010 9:26 p.m.
Updated: August 27, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Valencia graduate and Cal Berkeley golfer Max Homa watches his tee shot on the third hole during the third round of match play at the 2010 U.S. Amateur Championship at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Wash. on Thursday.

 

At this point, Max Homa knows he can be the 2010 U.S. Golf Association U.S. Amateur Champion.

The 2009 Valencia High graduate won his round of 32 and round of 16 match on Thursday at the 110th U.S. Amateur Championship at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.

“I think after I won (Thursday) morning,” said Homa of the moment that he felt he could win the whole tournament. “Every round you get a little glimmer of it, but I do feel pretty good that it’s a possibility, as crazy as it might sound.”

Homa ran away with his round of 32 match, defeating Carter Newman of Augusta, Ga., 7 and 6.

He then went on to defeat the No. 8-ranked amateur golfer in the world, Harring English of Athens, Ga., 4 and 3.

The 19-year-old University of California, Berkeley sophomore will play Ben An — an incoming freshman at Cal who is the defending U.S. Amateur champion.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Homa said. “I didn’t want to play a teammate, but it will be interesting.”

You better believe, though, that Homa wants to beat him.

The two face off today at 8:15 a.m.

Looking at the scorecards, Homa made Thursday look easy.

He said that’s not the case, though.

He battled through a driving wind all day and played well in spite of it.

His opponents couldn’t adjust.

Homa defeated Newman in 12 holes.

He bogeyed the first hole on the day, but Newman went double-bogey. Newman made four bogeys in the 12 holes.

Homa made an eagle on the par-5 No. 5 and rolled from there.

Against English, Homa again started strong.

He birdied the first hole, while English bogeyed.

English’s opportunity to get back in the match was on holes 7 through 11 when Homa made three bogeys, a double-bogey and a par.

English, though, made two bogeys and a double.

Homa ended the match with a par on 15.

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