GREER, South Carolina – Former Cal men’s golfer Max Homa won his first professional tournament Sunday with a victory at the Web.com Tour’s BMW Charity Pro-Am Presented by SYNNEX Corporation. Homa (68-65-70-63 – 266, -20) earned a $117,000 paycheck for the win that was the fifth on the Web.com Tour by a former Cal men’s golfer, with the others a trio of victories by Peter Tomasulo and one from James Hahn. Homa turned professional in 2013 after was winning NCAA and Pac-12 individual medalist honors during as a senior at Cal.
“It was an awesome, awesome day,” Homa said. I learned so much and feel so thankful to bring one home for the Bears.”
What a week!! First pro win on the @WebDotComTour feels surreal. Thank you all for all the support and kind words #hoopdreams
Golf Channel will have a tape-delayed telecast of the event tonight from 4-6 p.m. PT.
“Max continues to show his wonderful all-around game as a young professional,” Cal head coach Steve Desimone said. “He played a great final round today and we saw a lot of that during his Cal career. The Cal golf family is smiling for Max this afternoon. This win is richly deserved and we’re very proud of him. Go Bears and Max sure did today.”
Homa fired an eight-under par 63 during Sunday’s final round and quickly started moving up the leader board with an eagle on the par-five second hole. He would roll off birdies on each of the next two holes on the par-four third and par-three fourth, and then picked up another on the par-three ninth to close out a five-under par 30 on the front nine. Homa would make three more birdies on the back nine on the par-four 12th and 14th holes, as well as the par-five 15th.
Homa, who started Sunday’s fourth and final round in sixth place, finished one shot ahead of Jonathan Randolph (65-70-69-63 – 267, -19). He was one of three former Cal men’s golfers in the event as Tomasulo (71-63-72-66 – 272, -14) tied for 13th while Michael Kim (68-74-68 – 210) did not make the cut.
Additional Max Homa Quotes On the win “It’s surreal. It’s emotional. I didn’t win a lot in college and to come out and do it quickly means a lot to me and gives me a lot of confidence for wherever I may wind up at the end of the year.”
On starting to turn his tournament around Saturday “We just got off to a terrible start there. My caddie and I talked about things at the turn and we just said let’s do the best we’ve ever done to turn over-par into under-par. We posted that 32 and I knew I was riding some momentum. It was nice to keep it going today.”
On Thornblade Club where he played his round Sunday and his fast start “This course fit my eye better than the others for some reason. It was a huge start. It really set the tone because I didn’t have to play catch-up too much. It really calmed my nerves. I knew I had to keep my emotions in check.”
On his playing partner Janet Jones-Gretzsky “She was so nice and it was cool playing with her. It was fun to compete with her. It was great playing with someone so famous because I got to fly under the radar while she was getting all of the attention from the television cameras and fans.”