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College golf: Homa ends on high note

Valencia and Hart graduates end college season

Posted: June 3, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 3, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Max Homa's golf season is over for the University of California, Berkeley.

His season as a United States Golf Association Amateur is just about to begin.

The Valencia graduate completed the Men's Golf NCAA Division I Championships with an even-par 72 in the third round on Thursday at Karsten Creek golf course in Stillwater, Okla.

His three-day total of 219 (3-over) was good for a tie in 17th place.

Pepperdine sophomore and Hart graduate Johnny MacArthur shot a final-round 87, pushing him to 248 overall and tied for 148th place.

Neither California nor Pepperdine finished high enough in the team standings to advance to the next portion of the championships, marking the end of both players' college seasons.

"Seventeenth in the national championship is a great accomplishment and I'm very proud of it," Homa said. "But you've just got to be frustrated with the fact that I could've been in the hunt."

It's hardly the end for Homa, who plans on competing in multiple USGA amateur tournaments this summer.

Still, his performance this week didn't meet Homa's expectations.

For the second straight day, he said he missed easy birdie chances, including a 3-foot putt and two 10-footers. He ended up with five birdies on the day, which were mostly due to accurate approach shots.

Those were balanced out by five bogeys thanks to blustery conditions and tough pin locations.

"This was definitely the hardest day," Homa said of the weather. "And the final-round pins were obviously really tough."

Outside of a triple bogey on Tuesday, Homa didn't record anything worse than a bogey throughout.

No golfer in the field shot better than 70 in round 3.

MacArthur, playing in his first-ever NCAA Championship, didn't handle the course as well in his final round. He recorded just one birdie, but was crippled by a triple bogey and four double bogeys.

In contrast, it was Homa's second consecutive trip to the championships, and the experience helped.

"Last year I was so nervous for this tournament it was unbelievable," Homa said. "This year, I felt so prepared and like this was where I was supposed to be."

At 38-over, California finished tied for 19th as a team and Pepperdine came in 25th at 55-over.

Homa was the best finisher of the day among his teammates.

"I'm glad I'm starting to build that reputation and showing people that they can trust me," he said.

Homa will kick off his series of tournaments by playing in a U.S. Open qualifying event at Oakmont Country Club in Glendale, Ariz. on Monday.

He also plans to enter the U.S. Amateur Championship in August.




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