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Amateur golf: Homa keeps getting close

Valencia grad almost makes cut for U.S. Open

Posted: June 5, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 5, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

One of the most eventful weeks in the golf career of Valencia’s Max Homa has concluded.

And as his college team came up just short of an NCAA title, he came up just short of qualifying for the U.S. Open.

In the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier on Monday in Daly City, Homa shot a 36-hole score of 3-under, missing the cut at 5-under.

Just seven golfers in the field of 130 qualified for the U.S. Open, which will be played June 14-17 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.

“Coming on the backside, I knew I had to make a move, but came up two birdies short,” Homa said. “I was feeling really good about this qualifier. It was at my school’s hometown. It’s a little disappointing, but I definitely know I’m good enough to play in an open, which is nice. But it’s disappointing to be so close. It’s such a big dream for any golfer.”

Homa, a 2009 Valencia High graduate, shot 2-under earlier in the day at Lake Merced Golf Club, then 1-under at TPC at Harding Park.

On his final nine holes of the day, he made three birdies and one bogey after a front nine that saw three bogeys and two birdies.

Homa’s collegiate season came to an end on Saturday when his University of California, Berkeley golf team lost 3-2 in match play to Alabama in the semifinal round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades.

It was Homa’s best personal finish in the NCAA finals after he ended tied for ninth among 156 individual golfers after 54 holes of stroke play that concluded on Thursday.

Homa said he’s played eight rounds of golf the last seven days.

“I’m not going to lie. My feet hurt pretty badly,” he said.

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