|High School:||Valencia HS|
| Cal Career Stats|
Rankings: Golfweek | Golfstat
GENERAL: Third-team All-American ... All-Region ... All-Pac-12 ... R&A world ranking (No. 29) ... Scratch Players world ranking (No. 19) ... invited to 16-man Walker Cup practice squad and on watch list ... Palmer Cup ranking (No. 14) ... The Ben Hogan Award watch list ... tri-captain ... one of the top players in the nation as well as one of the best players in Cal golf history ... a tremendously hard worker who is always looking to improve and is a leader by example ... a solid ball striker who hits it long and straight ... of all his strengths, iron play is probably the top one ... a tremendous putter with a dramatically improved short game ... has an uncanny ability to make clutch putts on a regular basis ... reads greens well and has an excellent touch with the putter ... manages his game well ... has potential for a great future in golf both at the collegiate and professional levels ... has figured out how to use his strong mental capacities in ways that positively affect his golf game ... fearless when it comes to the game of golf and his opponents ... has the ability to put up low numbers in final rounds, which is what elite players do ... remarkably few weaknesses in his game but still has the potential for more improvement.
CAL CAREER: Cal's active career leader in both stroke-play events (39) and rounds (119) as well as total shots (8,574), averaging 72.1 strokes per round ... the only Cal player to play in all 31 events and 95 rounds of stroke play the team participated in from the beginning of the 2010-11 season through the 2012 fall campaign ... also played in all three match-play events and nine matches possible during the period (all in the spring of 2012) and has a 6-3 record ... fired the lowest round of his collegiate career when he had a 63 on the opening 18 holes of Alister MacKenzie Invitational in 2010-11, which along with Joël Stalter's 63 in the first round of the Wolverine Intercollegiate in 2011-12 ties for the second-lowest round by an active Cal player following Brandon Hagy's 62 in the second round of the Alister MacKenzie Invitational in 2012-13 ... top career finish came when he tied for individual medalist honors at John A. Burns Intercollegiate in 2010-11 before he was defeated on the second hole of a three-way playoff ... has also been second at MacKenzie Invitational and John A. Burns Intercollegiate in 2011-12, and tied for second at Gopher Invitational and PING/Golfweek Preview in 2012-13 among eight top-five and 12 top-10 finishes, both the most by any active Cal players ... has led or co-led Cal in a stroke-play event 11 times, also the most by any active player ... the only player in Cal history to have a top-10 finish at the NCAA Championship (T9th) and NCAA Regional (T10th) in the same season in 2011-12 ... has played in the NCAA Championship three times, including a tie for ninth in 2012 that is the second-best finish ever by a Cal player at the event ... also tied for 17th at NCAA's in 2011 and tied for 86th in 2010 ... has played in three NCAA Regionals, tying for 10th at 2012 NCAA Stanford Regional, tying for 16th at 2011 NCAA Arizona Regional and tying for 28th at 2010 NCAA San Diego Regional ... has played in three Pac-10/12 Championships, tying for 13th in 2012, finishing 38th in 2011 and tying for 20th in 2010 ... has earned a pair of Pac-12 Player of the Month honors in February of 2012 as a junior and September of 2012 during his senior season ... had one of the most memorable moments in the history of Cal men's golf at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational as a junior in 2011-12 when he made a 25-foot putt on the 18th green to give Cal a share of the team title with Oregon.
2012-13 (AS A SENIOR): An All-American candidate ranked No. 17 nationally by Golfweek and No. 18 according to Golfstat at the end of the fall campaign after finishing with a stroke average of 71.1 on 1,067 shots that was the second-best on the team over five fall events and 15 rounds ... on the watch list for The Ben Hogan Award ... had three top-10 finishes, including a pair of tied for second-place showings at Gopher Invitational (67-70-77 - 214, -2) and PING/Golfweek Preview (71-70-69 - 210, E) to begin the season that earned him Pac-12 Player of the Month honors for the second time in his career in September ... made a 10-foot birdie putt on the 54th and final hole of PING/Golfweek Preview to give Cal a share of the lead with Georgia Tech in the team standings ... tied for seventh at Alister MacKenzie Invitational (67-70-68 - 205, -8) when he had his lowest 54-hole total of the campaign ... tied for 14th at Pac-12 Preview (72-67-73 - 212, -4) ... tied for 37th at Isleworth Collegiate Invitational (78-76-72 - 226, +10) ... finished the fall with a 69.63 rating according to Golfweek and an overall record of 295-64-17 ... one of the team's four players along with Brandon Hagy, Michael Kim and Michael Weaver to compete in each of the five events and 15 rounds in the fall ... a guest blogger for Golfweek.
2011-12 (AS A JUNIOR): Earned third-team PING Division I All-American honors and was also one of three Cal players to pick up second-team All-Pac-12 and PING Division I All-West Region recognition along with Brandon Hagy and Michael Kim, with the trio also sharing team MVP honors ... became the first player in Cal history to finish in the top 10 at both NCAA Championship (76-70-68 - 214, +1) and an NCAA Regional (71-68-67 - 206, -4), tying for ninth at the national event and tying for 10th at NCAA Stanford Regional as he improved during each round in each event with his final round at NCAA Championship tied for the third-best round of the final day of stroke play ... one of the team's captains along with Hagy and Michael Weaver ... one of only two players along with Hagy to participate in all 12 of the team's stroke-play events, each of its 37 stroke-play rounds and all three match-play events ... led the team with a 71.2 stroke average, taking 2,634 shots over 37 stroke-play rounds that were eight less than taken by both Hagy and Kim (71.4) ... had a 6-3 match-play record to tie a team-high for victories, going 3-1 at Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship, 2-1 at Del Walker Match Play Championship and 1-1 at NCAA Championship, with the latter including a 2 & 1 victory over Alabama's Justin Thomas, winner of the Jack Nicklaus Award as the top player in college golf and the Phil Mickleson Award as the top freshman in the sport ... had Cal's best score in a team-high five stroke-play events (Golfweek Conference Challenge, Alister MacKenzie Invitational, John A. Burns Intercollegiate, Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters, NCAA Championship) ... Cal's highest ranked player at No. 28 nationally by Golfweek and No. 32 according to Golfstat in its final player rankings of the season ... had seven top-10, nine top-20 and 13 top-25 finishes ... named the Pac-12 Men's Golfer of the Month for the first time in his career in February of 2012 (first Cal men's golfer since Eric Mina in April of 2010) based on his performances when he finished second at John A. Burns Intercollegiate (66-71-72 - 209, -7) and posted a 2-1 record in the top spot of Cal's lineup at Del Walker Match Play Championship ... also second at Alister MacKenzie Invitational (66-66-68 - 200, -13), making a 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th and final hole of the tournament to give Cal a share of the team crown along with then No. 1 Oregon ... tied for fourth at Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters (71-72-73 - 216, E) ... tied for fifth at Wolverine Intercollegiate (72-69-70 - 211, -2) ... tied for eighth at Golfweek Conference Challenge (71-74-71 - 216, E) ... tied for 13th at Pac-12 Championship (72-74-69-72 - 287, -1) ... tied for 16th at ASU Thunderbird Invitational (74-71-66 - 211, -2) ... tied for 25th at Isleworth Collegiate Invitational (77-72-74 - 223, +7) ... tied for 36th at Western Intercollegiate (76-73-74 - 223, +13).
2010-11 (AS A SOPHOMORE): A second-team All-Pac-10 selection and NCAA All-Southwest Region choice ... posted the team's second-lowest stroke average with a 72.2 mark, taking 3,104 shots over 43 rounds as one of only two players along with Eric Mina to play in all 14 events ... earned the team's Most Improved Player honors by lowering his stroke average 1.5 shots per round from his 2009-10 rookie campaign ... reached as high as No. 11 in the Golfstat rankings and No. 12 according to Golfweek before finishing the season No. 42 by Golfstat and No. 46 according to Golfweek, both second on the team behind Stephen Hale ... posted Cal's best score in an event a team-high-tying four times at Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational, Windon Memorial Classic, John A. Burns Intercollegiate and Western Intercollegiate, sharing the team's top score with Mina in the latter ... shared individual medalist honors for the first time in his collegiate career to lead Cal to a team victory at John A. Burns Intercollegiate (68-69-69 - 206, -10) before being defeated on the second hole of a three-way playoff ... tied for fourth at Windon Memorial Classic (77-65-69 - 211, -2) ... other finishes included tying for 11th at Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational (69-76-68 - 213, +3), tying for 12th at ASU Thunderbird Invitational (71-68-74 - 213, E), tying for 16th at NCAA Arizona Regional (73-69-70 - 212, -1) and Alister MacKenzie Invitational (63-71-74 - 208, -5), tying for 17th at Arizona Intercollegiate (69-75-75 - 219, +6) and NCAA Championship (73-74-72 - 219, +3), tying for 21st at Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters (72-79-74 - 225, +9), tying for 23rd at The Prestige at PGA WEST (72-70-79 - 221, +5), tying for 25th at Western Intercollegiate (75-72-71 - 218, +8), tying for 33rd at U.S. Collegiate Championship (70-77-76 - 223, +7), placing 38th at Pac-10 Championship (73-72-75-73 - 293, +13) and tying for 51st at USC Collegiate Invitational (72-79-74 - 225, +7).
2009-10 (AS A FRESHMAN): Competed in eight of 14 events with a 73.7 stroke average over 24 rounds that was the sixth-lowest on the team ... played in seven of the team's final eight tournaments, including both NCAA San Diego Regional (75-72-77 - 224, +8) and NCAA Championship (79-71-72 - 222, +6), where he finished tied for 28th and tied for 86th, respectively ... top finish of the season came at his first spring event and the second collegiate tournament of his career when he tied for 16th overall at USC Collegiate Invitational (75-70-67 - 212, -1), shooting a season-low 67 in the final round ... other finishes included tying for 30th at Golfweek Conference Challenge (75-78-69 - 222, +6) in his lone fall event, tying for 32nd at National Invitational Tournament (78-73-70 - 221, +5) and tying for 38th at U.S. Intercollegiate (69-75-72 - 216, +6).
2012 - Ended the year ranked fifth in California, 18th in the U.S. and 50th in the world according to amateurgolf.com, while he was 44th in the organization's tournament series ... reached the Round of 32 at the match-play U.S. Amateur and California Amateur ... second at State Fair Amateur (69-66-66 - 201) ... tied for fifth at Jones Cup (76-75-70 - 221) ... sixth at amateurgolf.com Silicon Valley Amateur (68-76 - 144) ... tied for eighth at Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic (66-68-71 - 215) ... tied for 12th at Sunnehanna Amateur (73-70-69-68 - 280) ... tied for 16th at U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying (70-71 - 141, -3) at Lake Merced Golf Club/TPC Harding Park, missing a spot to earn one of the seven qualifying spots by three strokes.
2011 - Ended the year ranked eighth in California, 36th in the U.S. and 89th in the world according to amateurgolf.com, while he was eighth in the organization's tournament series ... set tournament and course records to win amateurgolf.com Silicon Valley Amateur (63-70 - 133) ... fourth at The Players Amateur (69-70-69-70 - 278) ... tied for eighth at Sunnehanna Amateur (72-69-68-67 - 276) ... tied for 12th at weather-shortened amateurgolf.com Alister MacKenzie Cup (78-35 - 113) ... tied for 15th at State Fair Amateur (70-70-70 - 210).
2010 - Ended the year ranked fourth in California, 33rd in the U.S. and 78th in the world according to amateurgolf.com, while he was 44th in the organization's tournament series ... reached quarterfinals of U.S. Amateur with three victories in match play before falling to future Cal teammate and defending champion Ben An ... shot 69-76 - 145 in stroke play to qualify for U.S. Amateur match play ... co-individual medalist at U.S. Amateur qualifier at Crystalaire Country Club (68-70 - 138) ... tied for third at Trans-Mississippi Championship (69-65-71 - 205) ... fifth at Scratch Players Championship (72-72-73-70 - 287) and Los Angeles City Championship (67-68-75-68 - 278) ... tied for fifth at Monterey City & Senior Amateur (71-72-70 - 213) and State Fair Amateur (66-72-67 - 205) ... seventh at amateurgolf.com Silicon Valley Amateur (71-74 - 145) ... 14th at Southern California Amateur (70-69-73-71 - 283).
2009 - Ended the year ranked 201st in California according to amateurgolf.com, while he was 26th in the organization's tournament series ... won VCJGA Robinson Ranch (72-73 - 145) ... third at AJGA Mission Hills (75-67-69 - 211) ... fifth at both Palo Alto City Championship (71-68 - 139) and amateurgolf.com Christmas Classic (65-74 - 139) ... sixth at both AJGA Robinson Ranch (72-71-75 - 218) and Paso Robles City Open (75-68 - 143) ... shot 68 to qualify for Long Beach Open and proceeded to finish tied for 40th overall as the second-lowest amateur in the professional mini-tour event (71-74-65-71 - 281).
2008 - Selected to represent Southern California on the Junior America's Cup team ... tied for third at AJGA Hanmi Bank Open (72-72-69 - 213) ... tied for sixth at AJGA Midwest Players Championship (76-75-75 - 226) ... reached as high as No. 40 in the Golfweek rankings.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2009 graduate of Valencia High School ... Foothill League MVP as a senior in 2009 when he led his team to a spot in the section championship ... posted a combined 72.2 scoring average in his junior and senior campaigns when he was ranked among the state's top 100 both seasons ... a four-time first-team All-Foothill League selection as he led his squad to runner-up finishes in the conference each season ... an honor roll student who received academic recognition as a student-athlete for four consecutive years (2006-09).
OTHER: Full name is John Maxwell Homa ... majoring in interdisciplinary studies ... parents are John Homa and Bonnie Milstein ... born November 19, 1990, in Burbank, Calif.
GETTING TO KNOW MAX:
The reason I love golf is ... it's individuality
My favorite pre-match ritual is ... listening to music
The biggest thrill in my life to date is ... making a 25-foot putt at Meadow Club to help Cal tie for first at 2011 Alister MacKenzie Invitational
The teammate I admire most is ... Michael Kim
The reason I chose Cal is ... its prestige in athletics and academics
Since coming to Cal, I have learned ... more than I thought possible, especially about the diversity of our society
The best thing about Cal is ... the free spirit and its vast opportunities
What sets Cal golf apart from other collegiate golf programs is ... the closeness of our team
My favorite golf movie is ... Happy Gilmore
My ultimate SportsCenter highlight would be ... holing out on 18 at the U.S. Open to win
The best advice I have ever received is ... take a deep breath and slow down
LAST UPDATED: February 22, 2013