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SCGA Amateur - Tringale leads by three

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 day’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. He’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.

Tringale’s only birdie came on one of the course’s toughest holes -- the 394-yard, par-four 17th -- when he sank a 12-foot birdie putt. “I didn’t feel like I was hitting it good today,” said the leader after his round, “but I putted really well and that made the difference.”

RESULTS:

Southern California Golf Association

106th SCGA Amateur Championship at Tijeras Creek Golf Club; Rancho Santa Margarita 6,840 yards, par 72

54-hole results:

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.

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).

Since the inaugural event, the SCGA Amateur has enjoyed an illustrious history of great champions, including Tiger Woods and Al Geiberger to more recent stars including Beau Hossler and Patrick Cantlay. The event is open to association members with a Handicap Index of 5.4 and below. Competitors undergo 18 holes of qualifying play in order to reach the final field, who compete over 72 holes of stroke play with the top 42 and ties advancing after the first 36 holes. The championship site is traditionally held at the home club of the current SCGA President.

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