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Amateur golf: Homa breezes

Valencia grad moves on in U.S. AmateurValencia grad moves on in U.S. Amateur

Posted: August 16, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: August 16, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Max Homa, right, and his caddie Kevin Fitzgerald review his tee shot on the fifth hole during the first round of match play at the 2012 U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo. on Wednesday.

 

Max Homa has had just one slip-up so far at the U.S. Amateur Championship.

In his latest round on Wednesday, the Valencia High graduate was basically flawless.

Homa easily defeated Corey Conners 5 and 4 in the round of 64 match-play contest to move to the next round of the single elimination tournament at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo.

And Homa did it on the same course where he triple bogeyed a hole the day before.

This time around, the par-71 course was no match for Homa, nor was his opponent.

The competition went in Homa’s favor early thanks to birdies on holes 2 and 3 to put the University of California, Berkeley senior 2 up.

Conners, a junior at Kent State University, didn’t win a single hole on the day and Homa posted five birdies and just one bogey.

After 14 holes, Homa was 5 up, spelling an end to the round.

Next up for Homa will be a matchup with Justin Thomas, a University of Alabama sophomore who sits at No. 5 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.

Homa is 32nd on the same list.

That match will tee off at 6:40 a.m. today, and the winner will move on to the round of 16, which will be played later in the day.

The initial 64 players who took part in Wednesday’s first round of match play qualified by finishing two rounds of stroke play on Monday and Tuesday with the best scores among 310 players.

Homa shot a 65 followed by a 74 to end up at 2-under and tied for 13th place. The cut line was at 2-over.

If Homa makes it to the round of 16, it will be televised today on The Golf Channel beginning at 3:30 p.m. and running until 6:30 p.m.

The championship match takes place on Sunday and will be shown live on NBC.

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