Junior men's golfer Michael Weaver recognized after sharing individual medalist honors at 2013 NCAA Pullman Regional.
Michael Weaver becomes first Cal player to win NCAA Regional individual medalist honors by sharing title with USC's Sam Smith.
Golden Bears will head into Saturday's third and final round with 11-stroke lead over second-place USC.
Golden Bears set school and course single-round records
Golden Bears have equaled Oklahoma State's unofficial NCAA record of 10 victories in a season.
2013 NCAA Pullman Regional
Pac-12 Championship (May 1, 2013)
Pac-12 Championship (April 30, 2013)
2013 Pac-12 Championship
NCAA Championship Match Play Quarterfinals vs. San Diego State (June 1, 2012)
GENERAL: Pac-12 individual medalist ... third-team All-American ... All-Region ... All-Pac-12 ... R&A world ranking (No. 28) ... Scratch Players world ranking (No. 21) ... invited to 16-man Walker Cup practice squad and on watch list ... Palmer Cup Ranking (No. 17) ... 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 stroke-play events (47), rounds (141) and total shots (10,340), averaging 71.81 strokes per round ... the only Cal player to play in all 39 events and 120 rounds of stroke play the team has participated in since the beginning of the 2010-11 season ... 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 and posted the lowest score by a currently active Cal player when he broke a course record in the first round of 2013 Pac-12 Championship with a nine-under par 61 on the opening 18 holes on his way to Pac-12 individual medalist honors ... previous top career finish came when he tied for individual medalist honors at John A. Burns Intercollegiate during the 2010-11 season before he was defeated on the second hole of a three-way playoff ... has also been second or tied for second a total of six times ... posted outright second-place finishes at MacKenzie Invitational in 2011-12 and John A. Burns Intercollegiate in both 2011-12 and 2012-13 ... tied for second at Gopher Invitational, PING/Golfweek Preview and Western Intercollegiate in 2012-13 ... has totaled 11 top-five and 16 top-10 collegiate finishes, equaling Michael Kim for the most top-five finishes by any active Cal player and one more than Kim's total number of top-10 showings ... has led or co-led Cal in a stroke-play event 13 times, also the most by any active player ... the only player in Cal history to have a top-10 finish at NCAA Championship (T9th) and NCAA Regional (T10th) in the same season in 2011-12 ... has played at NCAA Championship three times, including his 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 four NCAA Regionals, tying for 10th at 2012 NCAA Stanford Regional, tying for 11th at 2013 NCAA Pullman Regional, tying for 16th at 2011 NCAA Arizona Regional and tying for 28th at 2010 NCAA San Diego Regional ... has played in four Pac-10/12 Championships and in addition to winning in 2013, tied for 13th in 2012, tied for 20th in 2010 and finished 38th in 2011 ... has earned three Pac-12 Player of the Month honors in February of 2012 as a junior and September of 2012 and April of 2013 during his senior campaign ... 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 birdie putt on the 18th green to give Cal a share of the team title with Oregon ... two-time team tri-captain.
2012-13 (AS A SENIOR): An All-American candidate ranked No. 19 nationally by Golfweek (5/19) and No. 22 according to Golfstat (5/21) ... became the third Cal player in the 54-year history of the Pac-12 Championship (61-70-71-69 - 271, -9) to win individual medalist honors, with his opening-round nine-under par 61 breaking the course record at the North Course at Los Angeles Country Club and tying for the lowest round posted in the country ... first-team All-Pac-12 ... earned the team's Coaches Award ... picked up Pac-12 Player of the Month honors for the second and third times in his career in September of 2012 and April of 2013 ... on the watch list for The Ben Hogan Award ... ranked No. 17 on the final Palmer Cup Ranking ... one of the team's tri-captains along with Brandon Hagy and Michael Weaver ... has a stroke average of 70.83 that is the third-best on the team on 2,833 shots over 13 events and 40 rounds ... one of two players along with Michael Kim to compete in each of the team's 13 events and 40 rounds ... has five top-five finishes and seven in the top 10 ... in addition to his victory at the Pac-12's was second at John A. Burns Intercollegiate (71-68-73 - 212, -4) and tied for second three times at Gopher Invitational (67-70-77 - 214, -2), PING/Golfweek Preview (71-70-69 - 210, E) and Western Intercollegiate (67-73-66 - 206, -4) ... 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) with his lowest 54-hole total of the campaign and was also tied for seventh at Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters (72-72-73 - 217, +1) ... tied for 11th at NCAA Pullman Regional (70-73-68 - 211, -5) with the team's lowest score in the final round ... tied for 14th at Pac-12 Preview (72-67-73 - 212, -4) ... tied for 22nd at Fresno State Lexus Classic (73-73-69 - 206, -1) ... tied for 33rd at ASU Thunderbird Invitational (73-70-74 - 217, +4) ... tied for 37th at Isleworth Collegiate Invitational (78-76-72 - 226, +10) ... has a 70.17 rating according to Golfweek and an overall record against individual opponents of 816-190-36, including winning marks against players ranked in the nation's current top 25 (49-44-8), top 50 (89-65-13) and top 100 (150-90-17).... had the team's lowest score outright for the first time at Pac-12 Championship, while tying for the lowest score on three other occasions ... a guest blogger for Golfweek throughout the 2012-13 campaign.
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 his scores dropped during each round in each event with his final NCAA Championship round tied for the third-best round of the final day of stroke play ... one of the team's tri-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 71.19 stroke average, taking 2,634 shots over 37 stroke-play rounds that were eight less than taken by both Hagy and Kim (71.41) ... 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 72.19 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 (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) ... tied for 11th at Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational (69-76-68 - 213, +3) ... tied for 12th at ASU Thunderbird Invitational (71-68-74 - 213, E) ... tied for 16th at NCAA Arizona Regional (73-69-70 - 212, -1) and Alister MacKenzie Invitational (63-71-74 - 208, -5) ... tied for 17th at Arizona Intercollegiate (69-75-75 - 219, +6) and NCAA Championship (73-74-72 - 219, +3) ... tied for 21st at Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters (72-79-74 - 225, +9) ... tied for 23rd at The Prestige at PGA WEST (72-70-79 - 221, +5) ... tied for 25th at Western Intercollegiate (75-72-71 - 218, +8) ... tied for 33rd at U.S. Collegiate Championship (70-77-76 - 223, +7) ... placed 38th at Pac-10 Championship (73-72-75-73 - 293, +13) ... tied for 51st at USC Collegiate Invitational (72-79-74 - 225, +7).
2009-10 (AS A FRESHMAN): Competed in eight of 14 events with a 73.71 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).
VALENCIA HS: 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.
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LAST UPDATED: May 22, 2013