Player Diary: California's Max Homa (Part 2)
Hey all! I am back with some good news. This past week the team was fortunate enough to be invited to the Ping/Golfweek Preview, which took place in Atlanta at Capital City Club’s Crabapple course, the site of the 2013 NCAA national championship.
As expected, the field was stacked with great teams including Alabama, Texas and host Georgia Tech. Also, some of the best amateur golfers in the world – top-ranked amateur Chris Williams, low amateur at the U.S. Open, Jordan Spieth, and the 2012 Haskins Award Winner, Justin Thomas – were in attendance. Obviously, that was a big event. The course was long and the rough was difficult, but it sure was a fair test of golf.
The Golden Bears started out sluggish in the first round leaving us eight strokes out of the lead. No one played great, no one played poorly, so we were still in good spirits. Coach kept reiterating that there was plenty of golf left and we just needed to remain patient on such a difficult track.
The next day proved to be much better. We got an awesome round out of sophomore Michael Kim (3-under-par 67). That was a major boost in the standings, and that helped us just three back of the lead. We still had work to do, but we talked about how one great round could be enough to catch the leaders.
Well, that is exactly what we did.
Spurred on by a wonderful round from co-captain Brandon Hagy (68), we moved into a tie with Georgia Tech at the end of the tournament. Due to our travel plans, a playoff could not ensue so we were named co-champions. This was a great accomplishment for us and we were especially proud of our patient demeanor all week.
Next up is the Pac-12 Preview event in Oregon on October 8. I can’t wait to get up there.
Also, I’d like to wish our American World Amateur Team (Williams, Thomas and Chattanooga’s Steven Fox) good luck in Turkey this week as they play in the World Amateur Team Championship. Bring it home, boys.