He made a mistake on his scorecard as a sophomore and last year, it was a problem with a connecting flight in Dallas that did him in.
So now, Mater Dei senior Brian Campbell has one final chance to win the one event in which he has had much luck, one which the Trinity League dominated the past two years thanks to Patrick Cantlay, who's now at UCLA.
On Wednesday and Thursday, Campbell will try once again to qualify for the CIF Southern Region Individual Championship during the 36-hole Trinity League tournament at Candlewood Country Club in Whittier.
The top-seven player from the league final will move on to the CIF event which will be held at Skylinks in Long Beach on May 16.
Last year, Campbell finished in a tie for seventh with Servite's Tyler Smith, but he advanced to the Southern Regional after holing an impossible up-and-down on the first playoff hole after his approach ended up in the rough behind a tree. Campbell's pitch, however, rolled to within a foot of the pin.
But it was all for nothing. He missed his tee time at Skylinks when a connecting flight in Dallas got delayed while he was on his way home after making a visit to the University of Illinois.
When he was a sophomore, he was disqualified after the first round of the Trinity League finals for signing an incorrect scorecard. He had a four on the 17th at Candlewood, a par three over water, but the card that he signed off on had him finishing with a three on that hole. At the time Campbell said a lapse in concentration caused him to make the mistake.
The Trinity League tournament will once again feature some of the top golfers in not just the county but the nation too, including Beau Hossler (Santa Margarita), Andrew Levitt (Santa Margarita), Kevin DeHuff (Santa Margarita), Preston Valder (Servite), Michael Haeri (Mater Dei) and Campbell