Mar. 1, 2012
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Max Homa was named the Pac-12 Men's Golfer of the Month for February 2012 for the first time in his career. He is also the first Cal player to win the honor since Eric Mina was selected in April of 2010.
Homa continued a fantastic junior season with a second-place individual showing that led Cal to a team victory and defense of its title Feb. 15-17 at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate. The team win was Cal's third regular-season victory of the season, tying a school record. Homa shot a seven-under par 209 for the tournament, with his opening-round 66 tied for his lowest score of the year. He then played in Cal's top spot in the lineup Feb. 27-28 at the Del Walker Match Play Championship. Homa shined in his first collegiate match play event and only the second in school history. In his opening match, Homa defeated one of the nation's top-ranked players in Eugene Wong (Oregon), currently No. 2 nationally by Golfstat and No. 3 according to Golfweek. The following day he knocked off defending Pac-10 individual medalist Alex Moore (Oregon State) to lead Cal to a third-place finish in the event.
"It feels pretty amazing and kind of surreal to win this honor, especially in this conference with so many good players," Homa said. "I'm extremely honored and proud, and thankful for the coaches and my teammates that helped make this accomplishment happen."
"This is a well-deserved honor," head coach Steve Desimone said. "He is hard worker, has a passion for the game and loves to compete. When you have that combination you've got a chance to be a really good player. Max just keeps getting better and better. He is clearly one of the best players both in the conference and nationally. He has demonstrated that all year."
In addition to equaling a school record with three regular-season tournament victories in 2011-12, Cal has finished in the top five in each of its seven events.
Cal will next take its streak to the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters from March 9-11. The prestigious event hosted by UNLV at the Southern Highlands Golf Club annually showcases one of the top regular-season fields in collegiate golf.