Jon Tringale, a member of the San Jose State University men’s golf team the last four seasons, was one of 67 undergraduates in the university’s 2007-08 College of Business graduating class to earn cum laude or higher academic honors.
Pretty select company for the bushy-haired, thoughtful Spartan golfer who was the only senior on the 2007-08 team to crack the lineup. On top of that, Tringale, whose academic focus was finance, was one of only nine among the 280 students eligible for the baccalaureate degree in finance who had a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher for cum laude distinction.
“It (cum laude honors) means a lot to me, especially balancing school and golf. I put in a lot of hard work to excel in both school and sports. It takes a lot of commitment and prioritizing, working on your studies over other things and having fun along the way. It’s all about balance, managing everything and doing your best,” said Tringale following the 2008 University Commencement ceremony in Spartan Stadium.
The two-time Academic All-Western Athletic Conference honoree completed his degree program in four years. The average San Jose State University student who graduates with a baccalaureate degree takes 5.5 years.
Tringale leaves San Jose State as a graduate with many fond memories. A class in portfolio management was his favorite. The resident of Laguna Niguel, Calif., says he learned a lot about managing money and how to make it grow.
His most memorable moment as a Spartan golfer came during his freshman season at the UC Irvine tournament. He had his best finish for San Jose State, tying for 30th place, but more importantly, helped the Spartans to the team title.
We won by 10 shots and had the individual winner on our team. That moment of emotion when we closed it out on the last hole when everyone was hugging together is something I’ll always remember,” says the former team representative on the San Jose State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Tringale plans to enter the workforce as soon as possible and may consider returning to school later for a master’s degree.
“I’m currently interviewing in the securities industry. I’m looking at some investment banks and financial services companies. I’m hoping to get into investment analysis and company evaluation and see where that goes,” said the native of San Dimas, Calif., who once shot a 61 at Aliso Viejo Golf Club. “I’ve had interviews in both San Francisco and Los Angeles. Right now, I’m leaning towards Southern California because I have a home base set up there. I’m very open to staying in the Bay Area. I love the Bay Area.”