Aug. 23, 2010
DUPONT, WA - Cal sophomore Max Homa is tied for second place after Monday's first day of action at the 110th U.S. Amateur Championship being played August 23-29 at Chambers Bay Golf Course. Homa is one of nine golfers that finished at three-under par, shooting a 69 at the Home Course, which leader Jeff Wilson shot a 62 on to lead by seven strokes. Play was suspended at 8:17 p.m. due to darkness with 15 players still on the course.
"It's no surprise that Max is where he is after the first round of the U.S. Am," said head coach Steve Desimone. "He has been one of the nation's best players all summer and is very talented. His progression has been spectacular."
A school-record six current Golden Bears are competing in the event.
"We believe that we have more current players than other school in the country in this event," said Desimone. "Regardless, it's quite an accomplishment for us to have six of the 14 players on our roster at the U.S. Amateur."
One of those six players is defending U.S. Amateur champion and incoming Cal freshman Ben An, who became the youngest player to win the U.S. Am when he captured the title in 2009 at the age of 17. An is currently tied for 11th place, one-shot off the lead after a two-under round of 70 on Monday.
Senior Eric Mina, who won the second Pac-10 individual title in school history last April, is tied for 43rd after an opening-round one-over 73.
Others current Cal men's golfers competing in the 2010 U.S. Amateur include sophomore James Coré (T167th, 78, +6), senior John Murphy (T221st, 79, +8) and incoming freshman Ben Mangum (T306th, 89, +18).
Homa, An, Mina and Coré played the par-72 Home Course, while Murphy and Mangum played par-71 Chambers Bay. They will switch courses on Tuesday.
The event continues with the resumption of first-round action at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, before second round action commences. The top 64 players in the 36-hole stroke-play portion of the event that is scheduled to end Tuesday will advance to a 64-player match-play tournament that starts Wednesday.
Stay tuned to CalBears.com and the Bear Blog for updates on players associated with Cal men's golf throughout the 110th U.S. Amateur Championship.