Two years didn't make much difference for Tiger Woods at Canyon Country Club.
As he did as a freshman in 1991, Woods shot a four-under-par 68 Monday and won the Southern Section individual golf title. But this time he was satisfied with his score.
Woods, of Western High in Anaheim, said he has 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 the 6,869-yard course.
Second-place Chad Wright, a senior from Ventura Buena, started his round with three birdies and finished two shots behind Woods. Kyle Emerson of Riverside J.W. North and John Lee of Placentia Valencia were the only others under par, at 71.
Defending champion Ted Oh of Torrance shot a 73 and Corona's Eddy Lee, who won in 1990, shot 78.
The first 28 finishers qualified for the CIF-Southern California Golf Assn. individual tournament 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 at Valencia Country Club trying to qualify for the U.S. Open that day.
Although Laguna Hills' Eunice Choi will be in Bakersfield, she won't be competing with the boys. Choi shot a 76 Monday, which 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.