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Valencia grad Max Homa qualifies for U.S. Open

Posted: June 3, 2013 8:35 p.m.
Updated: June 3, 2013 8:35 p.m.

Max Homa watches his tee shot on the 10th hole at Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach on Monday. Kohjiro Kinno/USGA

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After 92 holes in five days and an emotionally exhausting week, Valencia High graduate Max Homa had to go 36 more and then two playoff holes on Monday.

But after another marathon day, Homa has earned himself a spot in the 2013 U.S. Open.

Homa finished at 5-under during the regulation 36 holes at the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier at Big Canyon Country Club and Newport Beach Country Club in Newport Beach, tying with three others for the final two advancing spots.

Homa had to chip from 60 feet to put himself in position for a par on his second playoff hole. That chip landed a foot from the cup and he tapped in for par to make the Open.

“I couldn’t stop smiling,” Homa said of his feeling after knowing he made the U.S. Open. “It was a relief. Once I knew I had a foot (putt) then I’m in the U.S. Open, and see it go in, it’s ridiculous.”

Homa won the NCAA Division I men’s individual championship in Milton, Ga. on Thursday, then was beat in match play on Saturday in the semifinals of the Division I team championship and saw his Cal team upset by Illinois.

Now this.

Just five golfers from this sectional out of 175 advanced to the U.S. Open, which will be played June 13-16 at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Penn.

“It’s the highest of highs, to the lowest of lows, to the highest of highs,” Homa said.

Homa’s good friend and Hart High graduate Johnny MacArthur wasn’t as fortunate.

MacArthur finished tied for 69th at 8-over.

He got into the sectional by shooting a medalist round of 68 at Valencia Country Club on May 6 to earn a spot.

“I had a couple of momentum putts that didn’t go in and got behind the eight-ball early and couldn’t get back into it,” MacArthur said.

The 2008 Hart High grad was 6-over at Big Canyon early and 2-over at NBCC.

But he was elated for Homa and said his friend making it to the U.S. Open made the day worthwhile.

Homa was 5-under on the first course and even-par on the final 18.

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