University of San Diego High School's Phil Mickelson shot a three-under par 68 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the San Diego Section individual golf tournament Tuesday at Singing Hills Country Club in El Cajon.
Mickelson did not compete for USDHS in Monday's team championship play at Rancho Bernardo Inn in order to participate in the U.S. Open local qualifying tournament at the Singing Hills course. Mickelson, 16, shot a 73-75 at Monday's qualifying, missing the cut by two strokes.
In the section tournament, La Jolla's Harry Rudolph and Point Loma's John McLaughlin each shot one-under 70s to tie for second. Carlsbad's Mike O'Leary was fourth at 71. Thirty-four of the 100 golfers shot 78 or better to make the cut.
The final round of the 36-hole tournament begins today at 6:52 a.m.