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Southern California (SCGA) Amateur Championship

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CA (July 8, 2005) -- Home cooking certainly appeals to Cameron Tringale, as the 17-year-old Mission Viejo resident fired a second-round, 6-under-par 66 today at Tijeras Creek Golf Club to grab a four-shot lead at the midpoint of the 106th SCGA Amateur Championship.

Tringale, who has won Tijeras Creek’s junior championship three times in the past four years, opened with a 2-under-par 70 in the first round this morning, then backed it up with his 66, the tournament’s low round. His two-round total of 136, 8 under par, is good for a four-shot lead over a trio of golfers who finished at 140: 2000 SCGA Amateur champion Scott McGihon of Bermuda Dunes, who parlayed a back nine of 31 into a 67 this afternoon; Jordan Nasser of Anaheim Hills, who shot 72-68; and San Diego State student Joshua Warthen of Pismo Beach, who shot 69-71.

After the second round, the field of 84 was trimmed to 46 who shot 150 or better for third round, which will be played tomorrow (Saturday). The final round is Sunday. Tee times both days begin at 7:30 a.m. Gallery is welcome at no charge.

Tringale, who will attend Georgia Tech this fall, finished with a flourish this afternoon, making an eagle 3 on the first hole (his 10th of the round) and adding three birdies for a front nine of 31. Although his parents belong to Mission Viejo CC, “I’ve probably played three times as many rounds at Tijeras Creek as I have at Mission Viejo,” said Tringale after his round. “This feels like home to me.”

The leaderboard has a youthful look. McGihon is the only golfer over age 25 to make the top 10, although three other veterans are tied for 11th. Among those tied for fifth place at 141 is reigning CIF-SCGA Southern Regional Boys champion Bret Kanda of La Cañada-Flintridge. Erik Jarvey, another teenager from Palmdale, who had the first-round lead with a 5-under-par 67 this morning, slipped to a 75 this afternoon and finished at 142.

Defending champion Tim Hogarth of Northridge shot consecutive rounds of 72 and is in a group at 144 that includes former four-time SCGA Amateur champion Craig Steinberg of Oak Park. Hogarth is bidding to become just the sixth player to win back-to-back titles, while a victory for Steinberg would make him just the second player ever to win five championships, joining Paul Hunter, who won five titles from 1908 to 1926.

ABOUT THE Southern California Amateur

The SCGA Amateur is one of the nation’s oldest continuously contested amateur golf championships. The first SCGA Amateur was held less than one year after the Southern California Golf Association was formed on July 29, 1899. Only the Utah Amateur, begun in 1899, has a longer consecutive string (the U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur both predate the SCGA Amateur, but both USGA events were suspended during war years). A match play format was used for the first 58 years of the tournament. In 1957, the format was changed to 72 holes of stroke play. In 1973, increasing interest and the number of entries resulted in regional qualifying with a 36- hole finale. The 72-hole stroke play format was reinstituted in 1974. In addition to the championship itself, for many years the tournament also had net competition in flights. However, due to the increasing popularity of this portion of the tournament, a separate SCGA Amateur Net Championship was created in 1993.

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