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Cal's Max Homa leads by five at Pac-12 finals

Valencia alumnus shoots 1-over in third round, now 8-under overall

Posted: April 30, 2013 6:52 p.m.
Updated: April 30, 2013 6:52 p.m.

Max Homa, a University of California, Berkeley senior and Valencia High graduate, tees off during the third round of the Pac-12 Men's Golf Championship on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy Cal athletics.

 

Though it wasn’t done with as much flare as the day before, Max Homa remained steady in the third round of the Pac-12 Men’s Golf Championship.

Homa shot a 1-over 71 on Tuesday at the North Course of Los Angeles Country Club, which was good enough for him to maintain a five-stroke advantage over the field with one round to play. If he can hold on in today’s final round, the University of California, Berkeley senior and Valencia High graduate will be the Pac-12 champion.

It would mark his first individual tournament victory of his already decorated collegiate career. He would also become the third golfer in Cal history to claim an individual Pac-12 title.

Homa began the tournament on Monday with a course-record 9-under, which shot him to the top of the leaderboard. He’s been at the top ever since, following with an even-par 70 in his second round, which was also played Monday.

Homa was in first place by three strokes coming into the day, but he extended that lead after Tuesday’s round.

That was done partly because Tuesday produced significantly higher scores than the first two rounds as the scoring average for round three was 74.69, more than a stroke higher than either of the first two rounds.

Homa posted two birdies on his front nine on Tuesday, but dropped back with three bogeys in the round to finish with his highest score of the tournament.

Still, he remains at 8-under overall and well ahead of UCLA’s Jonathan Garrick, who sits at 3-under for second place.

Following Garrick are four other players tied for third at 2-under. One of those players in Homa’s Cal teammate Michael Weaver.

In the team standings, Cal also leads the tournament with a overall team score of 6-over. That’s two shots clear of UCLA at 8-over, and the next closest team is Washington at 28-over.

Cal is the defending Pac-12 champion and is ranked No. 1 among all NCAA Division I teams.

Homa is 45th in the latest World Amateur Golf Rankings.

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