THESE GUYS ARE GOOD is the coined phrase for the PGA Tour, but I can tell you first hand there was some serious talent in the Silicon Valley Amateur field. I didn’t witness Max Homa’s record breaking 63 on Saturday, but I did witness his immense talent on Sunday playing with him in the leader group. Not only was Max impressive, but Cal teammate Joel Stalter (from France) and Richard Conlin (from Canada) also showed me they have serious game as well!

On these two 7,000+ yard courses, we had to deal with a two club wind both rounds. The courses played tough, which makes the winning score of -11 quite impressive. Starting the day 5 back after a 68 on Saturday, I was determined to get off to a fast start on Sunday. After an opening birdie on #1 I followed that up with 2 solid pars and an eagle 3 on the par 5 4th hole, cutting the lead to 4 shots. That was as close as I would get to the lead as Max, Richard and Joel put on quite a show. These guys not only rip their tee shots, but their Iron play and short games were quite amazing!

The hole worth mentioning is #15 where Richard hit his tee shot in the left rough, Joel hit his tee shot short with three metal, and Max hit his three wood way left and hit a provisional ball. We looked for Max’s ball which I found in the left rough, after hitting his second shot we all didn’t see if the ball made the green, as Max was 205 yards out. Joel hit second from 200 yards out and knocked it 10 feet short of the hole. Richard out of the rough hit his approach over the back. Well, the pictures below show the results of these shots from long distance. Again Max was looking for his ball with Joel once we reached the green, they first looked over the green, and then in the bunker. I decided to check the hole, and sure enough there was Max Titleist ball waiting to be retrieved. Joel then knocked in his ten foot birdie, followed by Richards 8 foot par saver. This is a sampling of what I witnessed all day, some serious talent was on display in all aspects of the game. How things have changed over the past 30 years, the talent level has expanded immensely. It was great to see over 30 college players competing in yet another great event put on by I personally enjoy competing against these college players, they are well mannered, have great skill and dedication for the game, and who knows we may see some of these guys on the big stage of golf down the road. The thing I’ve noticed most is that the young players have really developed their short games and do a lot more now than just tee it up and rip it.

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The 2011 amateur season is off and running and again I plan to bring you insights and coverage of the events I compete in throughout the country and England in July for the British Senior Open. I hope to have more interviews with TPI certified Terry Rowles and other helpful ideas how you may improve your game. Till later…stay tuned

Joel Stalter draining a birdie putt on #15
Richard Conlin making a par saving putt on #15
Max Homa HOLED OUT his second shot on #15 from 205 yards out with a five iron for an eagle 2
Tee shot on the 18th hole of the tournament course

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