Miss. State Coach Clay Homan wins Mississippi State Am
Mississippi State coach Clay Homan sets a good example<br> on the course this week at the Mississippi State Amateur
Mississippi State coach Clay Homan sets a good example
on the course this week at the Mississippi State Amateur

Madison, Miss. (June 5, 2016) -- As the crowds gathered on the 18th green to witness history in the the most prestigious championship in Mississippi Amateur Golf, a familiar player approached.

As the coach of the Mississippi State Men's golf team, he spends most of his time watching others play golf. But not today.

Clay Homan's birdies on Nos. 16 and 17 gave him a commanding lead standing on the 18th tee at 17-under-par. Homan cooly made par at the last to break the longstanding record of 16-under for the 72-hole championship.

On top of that, it was Homan's fifth Mississippi State Amateur title.

Rounding out the final pairing was Cameron Clarke and Neil Trimm, who finished five behind Homan and tied for runner-up at 12-under. Clarke's fine play at the start of the championship was impressive for the 17-year-old, playing in only his second State Amateur.

Neil Trimm continued to play well through the week and used his home course knowledge to his advantage.Clarke led the championship for the first two rounds and played strong in the third and final round to stay in contention.

Clarke, a student at Bruce High School, was awarded the Mike Magee Medalist trophy for his first round of 64. That magical day was only one stroke shy of the Reunion Golf and Country Club course record in competition.

No word on whether there was any recruiting going on between the high school junior and Mississippi State coach.

ABOUT THE Mississippi State Amateur

Format: The tournament is scheduled for 72 holes of stroke play with a cut to the low 60(+ties) after 36 holes of play. Field size is limited to 120 players. Qualifiers will be held for the State Amateur, including an Open Qualifier, the week of the event. Each is scheduled for 18 holes of stroke play. The number of players to advance will be determined by the number of entries for each qualifier and the number available in the field after the exempt players have reserved their place. The same percentage from each qualifier will advance to the championship.

Eligibility: The Amateur Championship is open to male amateurs who are bona fide residents of the state of Mississippi for at least 60 days prior to the first round of the tournament. Participants must conform with the USGA Rules of Amateur Status. All participants in Mississippi Golf Association State Championships are required to have an active GHIN Handicap through a USGA Licensed Mississippi Club.

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