GENERAL: Has potential and shown signs of being a solid collegiate player but needs to develop consistency ... excellent putter with a solid short game ... biggest improvement needed is accuracy off the tee ... coming off a 2011-12 season in which he redshirted as a true freshman.
2011-12 (AS A FRESHMAN): Redshirted ... did not play.
AMATEUR: 2012 - Had a hole-in-one on the second hole of Silicon Valley Amateur and finished tied for 18th (71-77 - 148). 2011 - Qualified for U.S. Amateur at North Ranch Country Club, putting together back-to-back rounds of 71 and then winning a three-hole playoff ... took second at both Palo Alto City Championship (67-69 - 136) behind Cal teammate Michael Weaver and Goleta City Championship (74-68 - 142) ... shot 71-73 - 144 in Pacific Northwest Amateur stroke play to advance to match play and then won three matches to reach quarterfinals ... 26th at Southwestern Amateur (72-73-74-71 - 290) ... ranked as high as No. 75 nationally according to Junior Golf Scoreboard, while Polo had him as high as No. 120. 2010 - Winner of Thousand Oaks City Championship (65-67 - 132) and Toyota Tour Cup La Costa (73-68 - 141) ... tied for second at Toyota Tour Cup San Marcos (79-67 - 146) ... tied for third at Los Angeles City Championship (71-69-69 - 209) ... qualified for California State Amateur, making a birdie on the third playoff hole to become the first alternate after shooting 71 at Cypress Ridge ... missed getting into match play at California State Amateur by a single shot (77-72 - 149) ... tied for fifth at AJGA Castlewood (70-70-69 - 209) ... tied for seventh at AJGA Oak Valley (73-72-67 - 212) ... shot 73 at U.S. Open local qualifier, missing the cut by a single stroke. 2009 - Won Toyota Tour Cup East Valley (67-70 - 137) ... sixth at Cal State Junior Amateur (74-70-69 - 213) after sharing individual medalist honors at Cal State Junior Amateur qualifier with a 67 in 18-hole event ... fourth at Toyota Tour Cup PGA West (70-75 - 145) and Toyota Tour Cup Santa Ana (69-76 - 145) ... tied for 10th at Toyota Tour Cup Carlton Oaks (71-76 - 147), Oxnard City Amateur (71-75 - 146) and Northern Trust Qualifier at Torrey Pines South (75) ... tied for 14th at AJGA Oak Valley (77-69-72 - 218) ... tied for 18th at Los Angeles City Championship (74-68-74 - 216) ... played on Southern California Hogan Cup team. 2008 - Tied for sixth at the Simi Valley Amateur (68-70 - 138) ... tied for 16th at Toyota Tour Cup Championship (71-75 - 146) ... tied for 18th at Thousand Oaks City Amateur (68-70 - 138).
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2011 graduate of Chaminade College Prep ... a three-time All-Mission League selection in each of his first three seasons ... led his team to a league title as a 2011 senior and a section crown during his 2010 junior campaign ... won a pair of individual titles at Oak Park in his junior and senior campaigns, while adding a Harvard Westlake Invitational individual medal as a junior before a second-place finish during his senior season ... advanced past Southern Section as a junior ... a member of the Los Angeles Daily News All-Area team as a junior ... also added a sportsmanship award from his high school as a senior ... tied for sixth at state championship (74) after tying for third at the high school/Southern California Golf Association event (67) as a sophomore when he was named the Area Player of the Year by the Los Angeles Daily News, while also advancing past the Southern Section individual championship ... had 10 career prep rounds under par, including a high school low 67.
OTHER: Full name is Nick Joseph Thomas ... plans to major in business and is pursuing admission into Cal's Haas School of Business ... parents are Tom and Ann Thomas ... father played collegiate basketball at Wayne State ... born July 7, 1992, in Van Nuys, Calif.
GETTING TO KNOW NICK: The reasons I love golf are ... because it's such a mental game, and with success on the course I will learn how to better succeed in life For me to improve as a person, I need to ... continue to work hard and try my best My favorite pre-match ritual is ... marking my ball before I tee off My greatest athletic moment is ... winning a playoff to qualify for U.S. Amateur The teammate I admire most is ... Max Homa The reason I chose Cal is ... it's a great blend of athletics and academics The best thing about Cal is ... the diversity What sets Cal golf apart is ... the coaches respect your academic aspirations My favorite golf movie is ... Happy Gilmore My ultimate SportsCenter highlight would be ... doing a first pump to win the national championship for Cal The best advice I've ever received is ... life is what you make of it The people who have had the greatest influence in my life are ... my family, my close friends and my golf coaches For me to improve as a player, I need to ... take constructive criticism and practice well