UC Davis Assistant Tom Johnson Finds Redemption, Max Homa Shines at Sony Open
January 19, 2015
This time, UC Davis assistant Tom Johnson stuck around for the weekend and found redemption.
In what was his second go at playing in the Sony Open in Hawaii, Johnson, a first-year assistant with the Aggies, had a final round 72 to come in at 5-under 275 and finish T-51.
It was quite a turnaround for Johnson. In 2007, he shot a first round 67 but was disqualified in the second round for signing an incorrect scorecard after he’d been assessed a two-stroke penalty on the 15th hole.
“I had a pretty sour taste in my mouth that just lingered,” said Johnson, who earned his spot in the Sony Open by shooting a 66 in the Monday qualifier. “I really beat myself up over that, not knowing the rules well enough, just being sloppy about my scorecard. I feel like a new person compared to that guy.”
Upon his return, Johnson said he’d be sure to share his tale with the UC Davis men’s team. Among the members of the Aggies squad are 2014 NCGA Amateur Match Play Championship winner Matthew Seramin and quarterfinalist Ryan Han. Others include Patrick Soli, Luke Vivolo and Ben Corfee.
“While this is all fresh in my mind I want to sit down and talk to them about the experiences I’ve had because I know they’re going to eat it up,” Johnson told PGA.com. “Just having lunch with Camillo Villegas, playing with Zach Johnson, a practice round with Luke Donald, the guys are going to be so curious.”
Homa Shines: Also having a great weekend at Waialae was Cal alum Max Homa. Homa, who earned his 2014-2015 PGA Tour card after finishing 32nd at last year’s We.com Tour Finals, had his best finish on the PGA Tour, shooting 12-under 268 to finish T-6. In what was his professional debut in 2013, Homa finished T-9 at the Frys.com Open.
Great start to the year! Proud to get my best career finish on Tour. Lots of work to do but so far so good! #mahalo
— max homa (@maxhoma23) January 19, 2015
With his finish, Homa is expected to move from 99th in the FedExCup standings to inside the top 55.
2004 NCGA Player of the Year Spencer Levin, who satisfied the requirements of his Major Medical Extension at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba back in November, shot 5-under 275 to finish T-51.