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Homa, Ryan complete time at Q-School

Homa earns 2-14 exemption to 2014 tour, Ryan gains conditional status

Posted: December 17, 2013 10:43 p.m.
Updated: December 17, 2013 10:43 p.m.

School is out for Valencia graduate Max Homa and Hart graduate Matt Ryan — finally.

The two players finished their sixth and final rounds of golf on Tuesday in the final stage of Qualifying School, ending a two-month process on the journey toward making one of the sport’s most prestigious professional tours.

Homa, thanks to finishing tied for sixth, comes out of the whole thing with an official spot on the 2014 Tour for at least the first 12 tournaments.

The serves as a secondary circuit to the PGA Tour. Homa, 23, turned pro in September following a four-year career at the University of California, Berkeley.

He’ll now head into his first full year as a professional golfer.

“It feels great,” Homa said. “You kind of reflect back on when college season ended and just the anxiety of what are you going to do when you turn pro.”

Ryan ended up tied for 105th out of 152 total players with a six-round score of 3-under. As a result, the 27-year-old Fresno State graduate earns conditional status on the Tour.

That means he won’t be guaranteed entry to tournaments of his choosing, but he may be able to play well enough to earn a more permanent status on the tour.

This was Ryan’s first appearance at a Q-School final, which was reached by qualifying through the first stage in October and the second stage in November. Each of those stages were four round of qualifying.

“It was a long process and it’s very emotional and I probably didn’t handle my emotions as well as I should have in these six rounds,” Ryan said.

This week, players in the final stage each played six rounds while alternating between two courses — TPC Stadium Course and the Nicklaus Course.

Homa recorded rounds of 72, 64, 67, 69, 71 and a 66 to cap it off on Tuesday.

Ryan ended up with scores of 72, 68, 67, 73, 78 and 71.

“I’m exhausted,” Homa said. “It’s like any sport really. When you get to the end of your season, like football or basketball, it’s long.”

Both golfers said they’ll take a few weeks off for the holidays before kicking off their 2014 seasons.

Homa’s season will begin, due to an exemption he gained, at the PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open from Jan. 23-26 at Torrey Pines in San Diego. Tiger Woods is the defending champion.

Ryan will wait and see which tournaments he can get into early in the year.


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