RANCHO SANTA MAGARITA, CA; July 9 -- Cameron Tringale of Mission Viejo was patient and determined and, as a result, leads the 106th SCGA Amateur Championship by three shots after three rounds at Tijeras Creek Golf Club.
The 17-year-old Tringale, who has won the Tijeras Creek junior championship three times in the past four years, made 16 consecutive pars en route a 1-under-par 71 today. His three-round total of 207, 9 under par, is three shots in front of San Diego State student Joshua Warthen of Pismo Beach, whose 2-under-par 70 left him at 210, a shot in front of 2000 SCGA Amateur champion Scott McGihon of Bermuda Dunes.
Four golfers are tied for fourth at 213, 3 under par, including defending champion Tim Hogarth of Northridge and Robert Caton of Huntington Beach, who shot a sizzling 6-under-par 30 on the front nine en route to a 5-under-par 67, the dayâ€™s best round.
Tringale, who will enter Georgia Tech this fall, is bidding to become the second-youngest player ever to win this prestigious event, which is the second-oldest, continuously contested amateur golf championship in the U.S. Heâ€™s the only player in the event to shoot under par for all three rounds.
The final round begins at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow (Sunday, with the leaders, Tringale and Warthen, starting at 10:26 a.m.
Tringaleâ€™s only birdie came on one of the courseâ€™s toughest holes -- the 394-yard, par-four 17th -- when he sank a 12-foot birdie putt. â€œI didnâ€™t feel like I was hitting it good today,â€ said the leader after his round, â€œbut I putted really well and that made the difference.â€
Southern California Golf Association
106th SCGA Amateur Championship
at Tijeras Creek Golf Club; Rancho Santa Margarita
6,840 yards, par 72
207 -- Cameron Tringale, Laguna Niguel, 70-66-71.
210 -- Joshua Warthen, Pismo Beach/San Diego, 69-71-70.
211 -- Scott McGihon, Bermuda Dunes, 73-67-71.
213 -- Robert Caton, Huntington Beach, 74-72-67; Brian Edick, Valencia, 74-71-68; Tim Hogarth, Northridge, 72-72-69; Doug Miller, Thousand Oaks, 71-71-71.
214 -- Greg Lopez, San Juan Capistrano, 70-74-70; Jordan Nasser, Anaheim Hills, 72-68-74.
215 -- Mark Modglin, Simi Valley, 71-73-71; Jeff Koprivetz, Yorba Linda, 72-69-74; Brett Kanda, La Crescenta, 71-70-74; Brad Uptgraft, Valencia, 71-70-74.
216 -- Carl Smith IV, Laguna Beach, 72-74-70; Bucky Coe, Olivenhain, 72-73-71; Ed Cuff, Rancho Santa Fe, 68-77-71.
217 -- John Adams, San Clemente, 73-72-72; Todd Strible, San Marcos, 74-70-73; Erik Jarvey, Palmdale, 67-75-75.
219 -- Mike McCabe Jr, Thousand Oaks, 75-73-71; Mark Sumida, Laguna Niguel, 75-73-71.
220 -- Michael Turner, Sherman Oaks, 74-75-71; Ryan Panichpakdee, Long Beach, 72-74-74; Joey Davis, Lake Forest, 73-74-73; Amit Chopra, Newport Coast, 71-75-74; Gerry Simoni, Carlsbad, 72-72-76.
221 -- Tony Behrstock, Los Angeles, 70-76-75; Guy Livesay, La Habra, 71-75-75; Bryan Newman, San Bernardino, 72-72-77; Craig Steinberg, Oak Park, 70-74-77.
222 -- David Bartman, Brentwood, 79-71-72; Jeff Hunter, San Diego, 75-75-72; Danny Hoffenberg, Simi Valley, 73-76-73; Brandon Beck, Oak Park, 69-80-73; Tyler Hurst, Bakersfield, 73-76-73; Kendall Adams Jr., Fallbrook, 74-75-73; Don DuBois, Newport Beach, 74-74-74.
223 -- Paul Rice, Redlands, 75-75-73; Jeffrey Payne, Garden Grove, 72-78-73.
224 -- Gary Havro, Claremont, 74-75-75.
225 -- Brian Hess, La Mesa, 78-71-76.
226 -- Steve Bogan, Placentia, 72-76-78.
230 -- Mike Rowe, Palm Desert, 78-71-81; Nick Bernhard, Poway, 73-76-81.
231 -- Chris Arkin, Irvine, 78-72-81.
NOTE: The final round is Sunday. Individual scorecards, stories and photos may be found at www.scga.org.