Player Diary: California's Max Homa (Part 4)
It has been a crazy couple of weeks for the Golden Bears.
First we hosted our home tournament, The Alister Mackenzie. It was played at Meadow Club GC, which was in pristine condition. The team has had a good success rate there and we were hoping for another good event. Fortunately, that’s what happened.
After the 36-hole day we had a nine-shot lead over another local team, the University of San Francisco. Both teams had played some great golf, but the lead we had was in big part because of redshirt junior Brandon Hagy’s incredible 16-under-par performance in the first two rounds. Seeing those kinds of scores being shot was truly inspiring. We knew we had our work cut out for us in the final round. In the team meeting, coach really reinforced the idea of staying in the moment and making the most of every shot because a good team, such as USF, would pounce on any mistake we made. I felt like we came out that next round very motivated and focused. This allowed us to play great as a unit in the strong winds on that Tuesday. Not only did we get a great team victory, but we also got our first individual win of the season thanks to Brandon’s stellar play. Team wins are great, but watching a teammate win is very special because it is great to see a friend get some well-deserved, personal success. I want to thank all of our awesome families and friends for coming out and helping us to victory. Without them, the experience would not be possible nor would it be as enjoyable.
After the event, we only had a couple days before heading to Florida for the prestigious Isleworth Collegiate. Everyone was pumped to see the course again since it was widely regarded as the most fun event last year. This year happened to be no different. The Isleworth community is a special sight to see with beautiful homes, the unbelievable clubhouse, and a friendly environment. The food was incredible and being there was a blessing. Also, we got to meet Cal alum and NFL kicker Ryan Longwell who came out to watch us play.
However, with all the fun, came a few grueling rounds of golf. The field was stacked with great teams and individuals. Just being there along with those noteworthy players was a blast. The course was long and demanding, requiring a lot of patience and discipline on every shot. The tough pins made birdies hard to come by, so the team’s main thought process was the old mantra, “par is good.”
We all made sure to play our game and make as few mistakes as possible. At the end of the tournament, we happened to find ourselves the winners by two shots, making that our fifth tournament win this fall.
Also, sophomore standout Michael Kim nabbed his first individual victory by one-shot thanks to one of the most heroic 3-woods from a bunker I have ever seen on No. 18. Again, it was great to see such a good friend earn such a prestigious title knowing how hard he has worked for so long.
Now it is time for a much needed offseason. There is a lot of school to catch up on, however we will still be working hard on our games so we can stay sharp for the spring season. Thank you to everyone for the support this fall.