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Golf: Closing statement

After impressive run at USGA’s 110th Amateur Championship, former Viking defeated in quarterfinals

Posted: August 27, 2010 10:28 p.m.
Updated: August 28, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Valencia graduate Max Homa watches his tee shot on the 15th hole during the quarterfinals of match play at the 2010 U.S. Amateur Championship at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Wash. on Friday. Homa was defeated 1 up by Ben An.

 

From the base of the 18th green on Friday, Max Homa could see the hole and the final four of the U.S. Golf Association U.S. Amateur Championship.

He guided his shot, down one hole to defending U.S. Amateur champion Ben An, but it was short.

An defeated Homa 1 up, eliminating the 2009 Valencia High graduate in the quarterfinal round of the 110th U.S. Amateur Championship at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.

"It's difficult knowing I had a chance. I was three down with six to play, but I was proud to get to the 18th hole," Homa said. "Best week of my life. It makes me want to go back even more. It makes me even more excited about the future."

Homa, who finished tied for second after one round of stroke play and won three matches at the Amateur, was in it all the way on Friday, but the 12th hole became an obstacle.

The University of California, Berkeley sophomore parred it, but An, an incoming freshman at Cal, birdied it to go 3 up.

But Homa birdied the next two holes to An's pars, leaving him only one hole down.

Homa's bogey on 15, though, gave An the 2 up lead.

An's bogey to Homa's par on 17 opened the door again.

Yet Homa was left for a long birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole.

Though he didn't make that putt and he didn't advance, Homa made an argument that he is one of the better amateur golfers in the country.

On Thursday, he defeated the No. 8 ranked amateur in the world, Harris English.

"Out of thousands and thousands of amateurs that try and get to the tournament, to be in the final eight, I can't tell you how happy I am," the 19-year-old said.

Homa said in June, when his Cal team was in the NCAA Division I Golf Championships, that he would likely redshirt his sophomore year because of the strength of the team and the amount of competition within the program.
Maybe he won't anymore.

"With the team looking like it has a strong chance of winning a national championship, my teammates know I've developed and grown and think I could be a good part in winning that national championship," Homa said. "I guess I could be an extra weapon in that top five."

 

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