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College golf: Local two drop in Okla.

Homa and MacArthur will likely see their seasons end today

Posted: June 2, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 2, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

The second day of play at the Men's Golf NCAA Division I Championships presented its new challenges for the two locals participating.

University of California, Berkeley's Max Homa and Pepperdine's Johnny MacArthur both teed off in the afternoon, meaning the windy, humid conditions came into play on the par-72 Karsten Creek course in Stillwater, Okla. on Wednesday.

Add that onto narrow fairways, nearly unplayable rough and unpredictable greens, and many players struggled just to save par all day.

Homa ended up with a 2-over 74 and MacArthur shot an 8-over 80 on day 2, putting the players in ties for 36th and 139th, respectively.

"You're going to make bogeys out here," said Homa, a 2009 Valencia graduate. "You've got to capitalize when you make good shots."

Weather wasn't Homa's downfall in round 2, he said.
Putting was.

In all, the sophomore said he missed three birdie putts within 15 feet and another couple of "easy" 20-footers.

Following an eagle on the par-5 18th hole, Homa, who started the day on hole No. 10, parred the next seven holes before bogeying the last two holes.

He bogeyed four holes in the round, which puts his two-day total at 147.

"Those were just unavoidable bogeys," Homa said. "But I had about seven or eight good opportunities for birdies. I made none of them."

MacArthur, a 2008 Hart graduate, sits at 161 overall after the first two rounds.

He scattered three birdies on the day, but was done in by three double bogeys and five bogeys to finish one stroke better than Tuesday's opening round.

On the other hand, Homa had a relatively steady round amid the slightly inclement conditions.

"It was a little harder than (day 1)," Homa said. "The wind blew around 10 mph all day today, which isn't too big of a deal, but (Tuesday) it was perfect."

The day was highlighted by Homa's 35-foot eagle putt on 18. It was set up by two "perfect shots" on the 551-yard hole.

At the time, Homa was even par, which was a stroke better than Tuesday's 1-over 73 round.

"The way I'm playing right now, I honestly shouldn't be more than one or two off the leader," said Homa, who missed just three fairways in regulation on the day.

As it sits, Homa is eight strokes off Louisiana State's John Peterson, who leads at 5-under.

The individual medalist will be awarded at the conclusion of today's round, which is the final day of stroke play.

California is 23-over as a team, which is tied for 16th, while Pepperdine is 29th at 43-over. Only the top eight teams advance to match play beginning Friday, meaning today will likely mark the final round for both players.

Tee times for round 3 are based on team standings, which means both players will start earlier in the day.

 

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