Before they turned pro: Max Homa
27 Mar 2022
by Staff

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Just over five years into his professional career, Max Homa was known as much for his social media prowess as for his golf. A quick wit and an active Twitter feed made the Valencia, Calif. native popular with his peers and with fans, so much so that even Homa himself noticed the imbalance.

"I probably have a fairly large fan base compared to what I deserve for my golf," he told the San Francisco Chronicle in February of 2019.

Not any more.

As if the switch was flipped, Homa broke through less than three months later, winning the Wells Fargo Championship by three shots for his first PGA Tour win. Since then, he has added two more titles, at the 2021 Genesis Invitational and the 2021 Fortinet Championship, to elevate himself to a new level of respect, as a player capable of winning any tournament he enters.

All smiles after a 63
( photo)

We were witness to Homa's potential when, at the age of 20, he shot a course-record 63 at Coyote Creek in Morgan Hill, Calif., to win the Silicon Valley Amateur and set the all-time low scoring mark for an AG Tour event.

At the time, Homa was a sophomore for a Cal Bears team that was on the ascent, and by his senior year was threatening to become an all-time great team. How great? Entering the NCAA Championships, the Bears had won 11 of their 13 tournaments, and were in good shape to capture the national title, topping the 30 teams in stroke play and taking the top match play seed. But they fell in the semis to Illinois and Homa, despite the disappointment, took home the considerable consolation of winning the individual title.

Max Homa, 2013 NCAA champion (Cal photo)
"This is the biggest accomplishment in my life, and it’s not even close," Homa said. "Obviously, the team championship would be much better, but this feels very, very good."

Homa was named a first-team All-American and to the All-Nicklaus Team by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Riding the momentum, he then qualified for the U.S. Open as an amateur and represented the U.S. on a Walker Cup team that defeated Great Britain & Ireland 17-9 at the National Golf Links of America.

Homa's first college victory also offered a glimpse into his character and the perspective he gained from the loss of a childhood friend. While setting a course record at L.A. Country Club en route to a Pac-12 Conference title, Homa wore the high-school basketball jersey of David Stroud, Homa’s friend who passed away at age 19 after a prolonged fight with cancer. The reminders of his friend included marking his ball with Stroud’s No. 25 and wearing a lime-green bracelet that read, “Stroud Strong.”

"It’s about honoring him. It makes me smile because I feel like he’s with me," Homa told Sean Martin of Golfweek at the time. "He was so resilient and positive about everything." No doubt Homa has carried that perspective to this day and will continue to as he searches for his ceiling on the PGA Tour.

Here are some of the stories about Max Homa that have appeared on

Feb 12, 2019Alumni Report: Homa's Riviera start a product of hard work
May 20, 2014Titleist, Project X helps Max Homa wins 1st pro event
Oct 15, 2013Max Homa logs Top 10 in Open
Oct 10, 2013Homa, Thomas debut at PGA Tour's Open
Jun 04, 2013Max Homa wins SGA Player of the Month
May 31, 2013NCAA Championships: Homa wins individual crown
May 30, 2013Cal leads match play qualifiers at NCAA Championship
May 15, 2013Cal's Homa leads while remembering friend
May 04, 2013Cal defends Pac-12 title, tying NCAA win record
Apr 30, 2013Cal takes Pac-12 Championship lead behind Max Homa's 9-under 61
Jan 29, 2013Top-ranked Cal aims to finish off perfect season
Aug 15, 2012Three Golden Bears advance at U.S. Amateur
May 22, 2012Player Profile: Cal's Max Homa
Feb 17, 2012Cal goes wire-to-wire to defend at Burns Intercollegiate
Feb 18, 2011John Burns Intercollegiate: Cal victorious
Jan 16, 2011Course-record shooter Homa wins Silicon Valley Am
Jan 15, 2011Wow! Homa Posts Record 63 at Silicon Valley Am

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