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Simple twist of fate
Mickelson played high school golf
with Scott Peterson


In 1987 Phil Mickelson was a junior at University of San Diego High School, a star on the golf
team ranked sixth in San Diego and facing a dilemma: U.S. Open local qualifying and the
California Interscholastic Federation-San Diego Section team championship were scheduled
for the same day. At a meeting, his teammates decided the Open qualifier was a better career
move for Mickelson, who was replaced in the team championship by freshman Scott Peterson.


Last Friday, near the Torrey Pines GC in La Jolla, Calif., that University often played,
Peterson was
arrested in the deaths of his wife, Laci, and their unborn son in a case that
has attracted national news coverage. On Monday he was charged with
two counts of murder.

Mickelson and Peterson were teammates for two of the four years Peterson played on the
University High team. Mickelson, however, says through a spokesman that he does not
remember Peterson, who, once Mickelson graduated, became the star and leader of the team.


In his junior and senior years at University, Peterson was the most valuable player of the
team. In 1990, his senior season, he played 36 holes in three-over-par 147 and tied for
seventh in the CIF Individual Championship at Singing Hills Resort, six strokes behind
the winner, Chris Riley, now a PGA Tour player. In May 1990, in U.S. Junior
Amateur qualifying, Peterson was one of two alternates.


According to published reports, Peterson was said to have accepted a partial scholarship
to Arizona State, for which Mickelson was starring at the time, though Steve Loy, the ASU
coach then and now Mickelson's agent, said he has no recollection of Peterson, that he
never played golf there and
was not given a scholarship. Peterson was said to have left
ASU only a few months into his freshman year.


Peterson and his wife were living in Modesto, Calif., at the time of her disappearance
Dec.24, 2002. On Dec. 1, 2002, Peterson joined the Del Rio CC in Modesto.
Earlier this year, he sold his membership.


It is not known whether Peterson was on his way to play golf at Torrey Pines at the time of his
arrest. However, he was apprehended on Callan Road, which intersects Torrey Pines Road
and leads directly into the Torrey Pines Lodge and golf course parking lot.

Items found in his car
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BOGUS - Out of bounds
He may be no angel, but Scott Peterson was never a Sun Devil, either.Peterson, the Modesto,
Calif., man charged in connection with the deaths of his wife, Laci, and unborn son, is rumored
to have attended Arizona State University and played on the school's golf team as a walk-on.


It never happened, according to school officials.

"We've researched all the media guides, all the record books, everything, and we can't find
his name anywhere," said Doug Tammaro, ASU's associate sports information director.
"As far as we know, and we're pretty sure, Scott Peterson never played golf for ASU."


The confusion could stem from the fact that Peterson did, apparently, play high school golf
with ASU alum Phil Mickelson when the two attended University High in the San Diego area.


Mickelson, though, has said he doesn't remember Peterson being on the team.
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