LA QUINTA, Calif. – Cal junior Michael Kim and former Golden Bear Max Homa played the first of six rounds of the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament that began Thursday at the par-72 PGA West Stadium Course and PGA West Jack Nicklaus Course.
Kim fired a four-under par 68 Thursday on the Nicklaus Course and is tied for 15th after the first 18 holes, while Homa’s even-par 72 on the Stadium Course has him tied for 84th.
The winner from the 152-player field at the event receives an exemption to play on the 2014 Web.com Tour, while second through 10th place including ties are exempt for the first 12 events of the tour’s 2014 season and 11th through 45th place including ties for the first eight.
Kim is one of three amateurs playing in the event, while Homa turned professional earlier this year following the end of his collegiate career at Cal.
Kim both started and finished strong Thursday with birdies on both three of his first five and three of his last five holes. He started on the back nine and got to three-under after a birdie on the par-five 11th and then back-to-back birdies on the par-four 14th and par-five 15th. Kim made the turn at three-under before bogeys on the par-four first and par-three third holes dropped him to one-under. He rebounded with three consecutive birdies on the par-four fifth and sixth holes, and the par-five seventh.
Homa also played the back nine first and was one-under par after eight holes following a birdie on the par-five 16th and seven pars. He would run into trouble over his next four holes with bogeys on the par-four 18th and third holes sandwiching a double bogey on the par-four first. Homa got back to par by also playing his final five holes in three-under with back-to-back birdies on the par-five fifth and par-three sixth holes and another on the par-five eighth.
The second round of the tournament will be played Friday with Kim in the final group teeing off from the first tee on the Stadium Course at 10:20 a.m. PT. Homa will be in the first pairing from the first tee on the Nicklaus Course at 8:30 a.m. The field will play a single round each day through the end of the event next Tuesday.