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Amateur golf: Homa makes match play

Valencia grad gets past stroke play at U.S. Championship

Posted: August 15, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: August 15, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

Valencia High graduate Max Homa had a tougher challenge on his hands Tuesday than he did the day before.

But for the second day in a row, aside from one hole, Homa put together a solid round of the golf in the U.S. Amateur Championship in Cherry Hills Village, Colo, which helped him move onto the next portion of the tournament.

The University of California, Berkeley senior posted a 3-over 74 at Cherry Hills Country Club, pushing his two-day score to 139, which was tied for 13th place among 310 players.

His stance automatically moves him into a bracket of 64 players who will compete in a match-play tournament beginning today.

It’s Homa’s best individual performance at a U.S. Amateur in his third try. His previous best was tied for 24th in 2010.

Homa will play a round against Corey Conners today starting at 7:20 a.m.

The first two days of the tournament took place at both Cherry Hills Country Club and CommonGround Golf Course.

Bobby Wyatt was the medalist with an overall score of 9-under, two strokes better than second place.

CommonGround was a significantly easier course, according to tournament statistics, which indicated a four-stroke difference in average scores.

In Homa’s case, it was a nine-stroke difference.

He carded six birdies to turn in a 5-under 65 in Monday’s round at CommonGround while recording just two birdies in Tuesday’s round.

Still, Homa had a chance to finish top five in the field until he dropped a triple-bogey on the par-3 15th hole.

From here on out, the rest of the match-play rounds will take place at Cherry Hills.

The top 64 players will be dwindled down to 32 after today, and it will be down to eight headed into Friday, four by Saturday and the championship match will take place on Sunday.

Today’s rounds will be televised from 1 p.m to 3 p.m. on The Golf Channel.

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