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Max Homa breaks course record at Pac-12 finals

Valencia graduate leads field after two rounds; two to go

Posted: April 29, 2013 9:47 p.m.
Updated: April 29, 2013 9:47 p.m.

University of California, Berkeley senior and Valencia High graduate Max Homa watches his shot during the Pac-12 Men's Golf Championship on Monday in Los Angeles.

 

On the first day of the 2013 Pac-12 Men’s Golf Championship, Valencia High alumnus Max Homa broke a course record by carding a 9-under 61 at the North Course of Los Angeles Country Club on Monday.

In doing so, Homa, a senior at University of California, Berkeley, also took the early lead at the Pac-12 finals.

Homa played two rounds on the day at the par-70, 7.236-yard course, and he followed up his 61 with an even-par 70 to put him at 9-under for the tournament. He’s three strokes ahead of Cal teammate Michael Weaver.

“I went out there with a good mentality today,” Homa said, according to a Cal press release. “I just looked to have fun and enjoy one of the best courses in the country. The individual lead is great and the record is awesome, but I’m really focused on the team lead.”

In the team standings, Cal is also on top so far with a team score of 695. That leads second-place UCLA by nine shots.

Cal is ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division I, winning a school-record nine of 11 tournaments played this year. The Golden Bears are the defending Pac-12 champions and they made it to the NCAA semifinals last season.

But the big round of the day came from Homa, who birdied nine holes and didn’t record a single bogey in his record-breaking round. It was the lowest round of Homa’s career and it also matched the best round in the nation this season.

The 72-hole tournament will resume today and conclude with Wednesday’s final round.

Though Homa has accomplished a lot in his collegiate career and has come close to winning many times, he has yet to win a tournament as an individual.

This week will give him chance at his first victory.

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