SOUTHERN SECTION INDIVIDUAL GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS : Slump Ends, Woods Wins His Second Title : Golf: On the same course where he won two years ago, Tiger again shoots a four-under 68.

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Two years didn't make much difference for Tiger Woods at Canyon Country Club.

Just as he did as a freshman in 1991, Woods shot four-under-par 68 Monday on the 6,869-yard course to win the Southern Section individual golf title. But this time he was satisfied with his score.

Woods, of Western High School, said he had been in a slump because he is tinkering with his swing.

"I'm pleased at the way I'm playing," Woods said. "I got worse before I got better and now I'm starting to come out of it. I'm starting to peak at the right time."

Woods had five birdies--including one on a 25-foot putt to finish his round--and one bogey on his card.

Chad Wright, a senior from Ventura Buena, finished two shots behind Woods in second. Kyle Emerson of Riverside J.W. North and John Lee of Valencia were the only other golfers under par, at 71.

Defending champion Ted Oh of Torrance shot 73 and Corona's Eddy Lee, who won in 1990, had 78.

The first 28 finishers qualified for the CIF-Southern California Golf Assn. individual championship June 7 at Stockdale Country Club in Bakersfield.

Woods, who won the CIF-SCGA title as a freshman, and Oh won't be there because they will be trying to qualify for the U.S. Open at Valencia Country Club the same day.

Although Laguna Hills senior Eunice Choi will be in Bakersfield, she won't be competing against the boys.

Choi shot 76 Monday, a score that should have made her eligible for a 15-way playoff for the final 12 CIF-SCGA berths.

However, since there is a separate girls' tournament June 7, for which she has qualified, she wasn't allowed in the playoff and wouldn't be allowed to play in the boys' individual event June 7, said Dean Crowley, Southern Section associate commissioner.

Choi, who was originally told she had to choose between the two competitions, wasn't backing down.

"I'll take on the boys," she said. "If I could play both I would, but since I have to choose, I'll go with the girls."

Choi's strong showing in the event is unprecedented. Before this year, no girl had played in the Southern Section individual championship, Crowley said. This year Choi was joined by Alicia Allison, a junior from Foothill High who shot 83.

Eleven Orange County players will move on to Stockdale for the individual tournament.

--John Lee, a sophomore who was four-under after 11 holes but then made bogey and double-bogey on the next two holes, will be the leading county qualifier. He started playing golf four years ago in his native Korea.

--Esperanza's Chris Berry shot 72, and won a playoff for fifth place with Tony Sutton of Victor Valley. Berry said he was putting well but missed at least six putts by an inch. "I've hit every lip on this course," he said.

--Terry Noe of Sunny Hills had 74.

--Bret Yunker of Los Alamitos, Rick Redding of Irvine and Zachary Allen of Trabuco Hills each shot 75s.

--Five others survived the 14-man playoff for the last 12 spots: Esperanza's Ryan Donovan, Marina's Paul Ohshima, Trabuco Hills' Justin Grandy, Servite's Jeffrey McGraw and Santa Margarita's Steve Wagner.

Notes

Seven other Orange County players shot 80 or better. Brian Rea of Marina, Joel Del Giorgio of Brea-Olinda, Jeff Farley of Huntington Beach and Mark Mignone of Trabuco Hills shot 78s; Mark Foster of Santa Margarita shot 79, and Cody Neptune of Valencia and Bret Skinner of University shot 80.

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