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Max Homa making his final approach

Valencia grad starts play in NCAA Championship today

Posted: May 27, 2013 10:52 p.m.
Updated: May 27, 2013 10:52 p.m.

University of California, Berkeley senior Max Homa, a Valencia High graduate, takes a shot during the Western Intercollegiate tournament in Santa Cruz on April 14. Photo courtesy of Casey Valentine/GoldenBearSports.com

 

In a time that should be exciting for Valencia High graduate Max Homa, the University of California senior golfer describes it as strange.

Homa, who has had easily one of the greatest collegiate careers for a Santa Clarita Valley golfer, said he’s starting to feel nostalgic.

“I spent a lot of time with these people, getting used to hanging out with the team,” Homa said. “It will be so strange.”

Homa is a thesis short of earning his bachelor’s degree in consumer behavior and globalization and his Cal golf team is the top-ranked team in the nation and is favored to win the NCAA Division I Championship, which begins today with stroke play at the Capital City Club Crabapple Course in Milton, Ga.

There are 30 teams competing today, Wednesday and Thursday in stroke play.

Three days of match play follow Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The championship will be awarded on Sunday.

“I don’t think many things could eclipse that,” Homa said on ending his collegiate career with a national championship. “There’s nothing really to regret in my whole college career, but that would make everything so much sweeter.”

It’s been a pretty sweet ride for the 2009 Valencia High graduate, who ended his high school career as Foothill League Most Valuable Player.

On May 1, Homa won the Pac-12 Individual Championship at Los Angeles Country Club.

He is the Golden Bears’ active career leader in stroke-play events (47), rounds (141) and total shots (10,340), averaging 71.81 strokes per round. He was an All-Pac-12 first teamer this year and is All-American candidate and was an All-Pac-12 second-teamer as a sophomore and a junior.

And there are so many other accolades.

Homa said he didn’t feel he was at his best during the May 16-18 NCAA Regional in Pullman. Wash., but said the confidence he gained from the Pac-12 title has given him a positive outlook for the NCAA Championships.

“After the Pac-12 championship, the putter feels so good in my hands,” Homa said. “I’m hitting really well.”

Last season, Cal reached the final four of the NCAA championships, ultimately losing in the semifinals to Alabama.

This is the point where Homa does come around and gets excited.

“Honestly I’ve been waiting for this moment,” he said. “Last year we had to play a great team in Alabama. ,,, (This year), every week has been a countdown to this. There’s a lot of golf to be played. We’re doing good not getting ahead of ourselves. Everyone’s working their tails off, and I think you’ll see that pay off this week.”

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