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Pacific Coast Am: Knight wrestles away victory


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CHULA VISTA, Calif. (Aug. 10, 2007)-- Mike Knight of Calgary, Alberta rallied on the back nine with four consecutive birdies and defeated Cameron Tringale of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., to win the 41st Pacific Coast Amateur Championship by one shot at San Diego Country Club.

In becoming the first Alberta resident to win the prestigious title, the 21-year-old Knight fired a 4-under-par 68 today and finished the 72-hole championship at 278, 10-under-par overall on the 7,033-yard course.

The 19-year-old Tringale, who will be a junior at Georgia Tech in the fall, shot 3-under-par 69 today and finished at 9-under-par. Alex Prugh of Spokane, the 2005 Pacific Coast Amateur champion, and University of San Diego coach Tim Mickelson (Phil’s younger brother) each shot even-par 72 today and tied for third at 284.

Defending champion Patrick Nagle of Pacifica Calif. and 51-year-old Brady Exber each shot 2-under-par 70 and tied for fifth at 285.

“I knew starting today that this would be the most important round of golf in my career because I’ve never been in the final group before,” said Knight, who attended Mississippi State for a year and a half before leaving to work on his game with swing coach Kent Chase in Arizona. “I just wanted make a lot of pars and avoid any mistakes. I figured the way I had been putting all week would mean that if I gave myself chances, I could make some birdies.”

For nine holes, Knight was right on his game plan, making three birdies and six pars for a front-nine 33. Tringale matched him birdie for birdie until the ninth hole when he missed a three-foot par putt and fell a shot behind.

On the 438-yard 10th hole, Knight pushed his drive into the right-hand rough. He hit his gap-wedge shot a little fat and left it in gnarly rough in front of the green. From there, he chipped 12 feet past the hole and missed the par putt.

Then on the 158-yard 11th, Knight pulled his tee shot into trees left of the green. “Maybe the adrenaline was flowing,” he said later, “but I just didn’t think the second shot through and tried to play a shot that I shouldn’t have.” His flop-shot approach buried in the bunker, he left his third shot in the bunker and then got up and down for double-bogey, which gave Tringale a two-shot lead with seven holes to play.

“I didn’t think I had been playing tentatively,” said Knight later, “but I knew I had to get aggressive if I was going to win.”

After he and Tringale made pars on nos. 12 and 13, Knight reeled off four consecutive birdies by knocking down the flagstick with his approach shots; none of the birdie putts were over four feet.

Tringale maintained his lead with a birdie 4 on the 14th hole, but his putter turned cold and he missed makeable birdie putts on the 16th, 17th and 18th holes. “Honestly, that was what happened all week,” said Tringale after the round. “I missed a lot of putts. But you have to take your hat off to a guy who birdies four in a row as Mike did.”

Full results follow:

Name Hometown Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 Rd.4 Tot.
1 Mike Knight Calgary, AB 72 71 67 68 278
2 Cameron Tringale San Juan Capistrano, Calif. 67 73 70 69 279
T3 Alex Prugh Spokane, Wash. 74 68 70 72 284
T3 Tim Mickelson San Diego, Calif. 70 72 70 72 284
T5 Patrick Nagle Pacifica, Calif. 70 70 75 70 285
T5 Brady Exber Las Vegas, Nev. 69 72 74 70 285
T5 Derek Berg Duvall, Wash. 74 70 70 71 285
T8 Nick Geyer Albuquerque, N.M. 68 74 73 71 286
T8 Brett Kanda La Crescenta, Calif. 75 69 70 72 286
T8 Scott McGihon Bermuda Dunes, Calif. 69 74 69 74 286
T11 Jesse Barnsley Albuquerque, N.M. 74 69 71 73 287
T11 Andrew Kelly Melbourne, Australia 72 73 68 74 287
T11 Brett Martin Phoenix, Ariz. 71 71 70 75 287
T14 John Cassidy Yelm, Wash. 69 73 76 70 288
T14 Dustin Pimm Sandy, Utah 75 67 76 70 288
T14 Keegan Bradley Jackson, Wyo. 69 70 77 72 288
T14 Adrien Bernadet Versailles, France 70 73 73 72 288
T18 Aaron Weston Lone Tree, Colo. 76 69 75 69 289
T18 Casey Watabu Kapaa, Hawaii 77 74 67 71 289
T18 Jake Younan-Wise Lubbock, Texas 73 69 75 72 289
T18 Tim Hogarth Northridge, Calif. 72 73 71 73 289
T22 Mauricio Tamez Monterrey, Mexico 73 77 71 69 290
T22 Bryan Toth Victoria, BC 71 71 77 71 290
T22 Jim Strickland Scottsdale, Ariz. 73 70 76 71 290
T22 Ryan Posey Dallas, Texas 68 72 78 72 290
T22 Louie Bishop Murrieta, Calif. 73 73 71 73 290
T27 Zen Brown Arvada, Colo. 74 72 71 74 291
T27 Josh Anderson Murrieta, Calif. 73 69 73 76 291
T29 Kris Wasylowich Lethbridge, AB 74 73 75 70 292
T29 Derek Sipe Yorba Linda, Calif. 72 73 76 71 292
T29 Adam Hagen Scappoose, Ore. 67 77 78 70 292
T29 Mitchell Gillis Corvallis, Ore. 73 74 74 71 292
T29 Joel Dahmen Seattle, Wash. 75 74 71 72 292
T29 Craig Doell Victoria, BC 74 74 70 74 292
T35 Brian Edick Valencia, Calif. 77 73 71 72 293
T35 Nitipat Krobteeranon Samutprakarn, Thailand 76 71 74 72 293
T37 Brandon Putnam Albuquerque, N.M. 73 70 78 73 294
T37 Pat Grady Broomfield, Colo. 73 70 77 74 294
T39 JJ Wood Yuma, Ariz. 73 72 78 72 295
T39 Scott Clark Draper, Utah 74 72 73 76 295
T41 Victor Dubuisson Mougins, France 76 71 75 74 296
T41 Erik Hanson Kirkland, Wash. 72 74 75 75 296
T41 Blake Trimble Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. 79 68 77 72 296
T41 John Chin Temecula, Calif. 75 76 75 70 296
T45 Jordan Nasser Anaheim Hills, Calif. 76 69 75 77 297
T45 Michael Jensen Los Altos, Calif. 69 81 75 72 297
T45 Todd Griffin Casper, Wyo. 77 76 71 73 297
T45 Tim McKenney Scottsdale, Ariz. 71 72 74 80 297
T49 Arvo Voip Magalia, Calif. 71 79 72 76 298
T49 Andrew Yun Chandler, Ariz. 74 72 75 77 298
T51 Ben Fox Studio City, Calif. 77 72 75 75 299
T51 Nick Travers Boise, Idaho 71 77 76 75 299
T51 Tye Alexander Los Angeles, Calif. 74 75 76 74 299
T54 Nick Becker Boise, Idaho 74 74 75 77 300
T54 Adam Fowler San Diego, Calif. 76 76 77 71 300
T56 Alex Shi Yup Kim Fullerton, Calif. 75 77 69 80 301
T56 Matt Savage Scottsdale, Ariz. 74 79 74 74 301
T58 Ryan Swelin Sundre, AB 73 75 78 76 302
T58 Ben Griffin Victoria, BC 75 77 77 73 302
T60 Dodge Kemmer Wichita, Kan. 73 81 74 75 303
T60 Casey Boyns Pacific Grove, Calif. 78 74 77 74 303
T60 Nic Van Vuuren Cedar Hills, Utah 79 82 72 70 303
T63 Steve Ziegler Broomfield, Colo. 75 78 74 77 304
T63 Cody Upham Vancouver, Wash. 75 75 77 77 304
T63 Zach Bixler Richland, Wash. 82 69 77 76 304
T63 David Nelson Reno, Nev. 75 74 81 74 304
T63 Robert Gonzales Socorro, N.M. 80 77 72 75 304
T63 Micah Burke Los Angeles, Calif. 81 75 75 73 304
T69 Joe Sawaia Henderson, Nev. 76 73 77 79 305
T69 Diego Munoz de Cote Artigas Mexico City, Mexico 73 76 78 78 305
T69 Joe Sanders Incline Village, Nev. 76 75 80 74 305
72 Howard Knodt Chula Vista, Calif. 81 74 77 74 306
73 Narinrit Tantrakul Bankkok, Thailand 80 80 71 77 308
74 Craig Junio Las Vegas, Nev. 80 77 81 72 310
T75 Eric Peterson Nampa, Idaho 75 77 79 81 312
T75 Michael Karlberg Truckee, Calif. 76 81 74 81 312
77 Michael May Big Piney, Wyo. 80 77 77 79 313
T78 Supakorn Uthaipat Bangkapi, Bangkok 77 75 82 82 316
T78 Ed Susolik Newport Beach, Calif. 81 77 78 80 316
80 Nick Nelson Alpine, Utah 85 79 78 77 319
81 Daniel Harrington Chandler, Ariz. 79 81 81 80 321
82 Jeff Richardson Scottsdale, Ariz. 88 79 83 81 331

ABOUT THE Pacific Coast Amateur

Although its present history only dates from 1967, the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship's roots make it one of the oldest amateur golf championships in American history. The first tournament was held on the links of San Francisco Golf Club at The Presidio, April 24- 27, 1901. Championships were held annually through 1911, all being conducted in California except for the 1909 championship, which was held at Seattle Golf Club in Washington. The Pacific Coast Amateur then ceased to exist, only to be reconstituted at Seattle Golf Club on August 10-12, 1967 with the Pacific Northwest, Northern California, Southern California, Oregon and Arizona golf associations participating.

Today, 15 member Pacific Rim golf associations comprise the Pacific Coast Golf Association. Players can be invited to this 72- hole stroke play event by their Pacific Coast G.A. member golf association, or as an individual.

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