Max Homa became Cal’s first individual NCAA golf champion and the top-ranked Golden Bears earned the No. 1 seed entering Friday’s quarterfinal round of match play at Capital City Club in suburban Atlanta.
Homa (70-65-66 – 201), a senior from Valencia, birdied three of his first five holes Thursday, led most of the round and finished nine-under par after a bogey-free round.
Cal (277-272-275 – 824, -16) posted the lowest team score at the end of 54 holes of stroke play and will play No. 8 seed Arizona State in the first of four quarterfinals Friday beginning at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT.
Also advancing to the quarterfinals are No. 2 Georgia Tech, No. 3 Alabama and No. 4 Texas, the defending NCAA champion. Match play runs through Sunday, when the national team champion is crowned.
Brandon Hagy (66-69-70 – 205) finished five under and in a tie for eighth place. Sophomore Michael Kim, (72-70-70 – 212) the nation’s top-ranked player entering the NCAAs, and Joel Stalter (69-68-75 – 137) finished in a tie for 75th and Michael Weaver ,