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NCAA Division I Golf Championships: Low scores turned in late

Delio, Homa card strong rounds on their final day at Championships

Posted: June 3, 2010 10:12 p.m.
Updated: June 4, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Despite finishing in the bottom half at the NCAA Division I Golf Championships at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn., locals Max Homa and Nick Delio finished strong on Thursday.

Cal golfer and Valencia graduate Homa was even-par 72 in the third round to finish at 6-over overall.

The freshman finished tied for 86th place out of 156 golfers. He was at the championships competing for both the top individual prize and the team title.

The top eight teams out of 30 begin match play today. A national champion will be determined on Saturday.
Cal is not in the mix.

The Golden Bears finished 23rd overall with a team score of 16-over.

"I believe in this team more than I've believed in anything," Homa said. "I really thought we'd pull it off."

Cal State Northridge's and Saugus graduate Delio shot an even-par 72 on Thursday, after shooting 4-over and 5-over, respectively, during the first two rounds.

His 9-over put him tied for 103rd overall.

"I made progress today. Overall, it was a tough week for me. I had higher expectations than what I shot," Delio said. "But it was a fun week. I learned a lot. I know I need to work on some things and I'll be fine."

Delio was Cal State Northridge's lone representative. The junior won the NCAA Southwestern Regional to make the tournament.

Homa, though, went the team qualifying route.

Homa said because Cal has an abundance of seniors coming back next year, he might have to redshirt.

After shooting 7-over on the first day of competition, Homa turned things around with a 1-under on Wednesday, leaving him asking "what could have been?"

Homa played well and finished tied for Cal's best score during the tournament. He said he's OK with the possibility of redshirting next season.

"It gives me a whole year to focus on myself and continue to grow," Homa said.

Cal State Northridge would be considered a long shot to make the championships as a team, so Delio might have to duplicate his regional victory next year to return.

"Someone's got to win," Delio said. "Why can't it be me?"




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