SAN MARTIN, Calif. – Former Cal men’s golfer Max Homa finished in a tie for ninth place in his professional debut at the Frys.com Open that concluded Sunday at the par-71, 7,379-yard CordeValle Golf Club. Homa (69-68-66-69 – 272, -12) shot under par during each of his four rounds and finished five shots off the pace of winner Jimmy Walker (70-69-62-66 – 267, -17).
Homa was making his pro debut following a 2012-13 collegiate season in which he became Cal’s first NCAA individual medalist and also won the Pac-12 individual title. Homa played on a 2012-13 Cal team that won 12 of 14 stroke-play events and finished the campaign ranked No. 1 despite being defeated by Illinois in an NCAA semifinal match.
“Talking both as his former coach and on behalf of both his teammates and the entire Cal men’s golf program, we couldn’t be more pleased and more proud of Max,” head coach Steve Desimone said. “He was a great representative of our program for the four seasons he was at Cal. He’s just getting started as a professional. This was a great day for him today and there are a lot of really happy Golden Bears. If anybody deserves this it’s Max Homa. He’s worked for it, he’s earned it, and it certainly came home today.”
Homa was even through 15 holes Sunday before making back-to-back birdies on the par-three 16th and par-four 17th holes to give him four consecutive rounds under 70. He had both three birdies and three bogeys on the front nine. Homa picked up birdies on the par-four first, sixth and eighth holes, but had bogeys on the par-three third, par-four fifth and par-five ninth.
Charlie Wi, another former Golden Bear who has been playing on the PGA TOUR since 1996, tied for 12th one stroke behind Homa. Wi (67-68-69-69 – 273, -11) was also under 70 in each of his four rounds. In his final round Sunday, Wi posted three birdies on the third, ninth and par-four 18th, with one bogey on the par-five 12th.
The opening tournament of the PGA TOUR’s 2013-14 season featured a 132-player field.