AJGA MARSICO FUNDS COLORADO
Saddleback Golf Club
July 1-4, 2002
NASSER LEADS BY TWO IN BOYS
DIVISION AS FINAL ROUND LOOMS
Svicarovich continues steady play, increases lead to five
FIRESTONE, Colo. - Jordan
Nasser of Anaheim Hills, Calif., backed up his first-round
67 with a solid 68 at the 7,014-yard, par-72 Saddleback Golf
Club. In the Girls Division, Kristen Svicarovich of Hillsboro,
Ore., shot 1-over-par 73 to lead the field by five strokes.
The 54-hole championship, conducted by the American Junior
Golf Association, features 84 players from 18 states, with
37 players hailing from Colorado.
Nasser, a University of California-San Diego signee, motored
around the course to the tune of seven birdies to retain the
lead. Nasser, who openly admits he has never been in serious
contention for an AJGA title, said he entered this tournament
for only one reason: he wanted to prove to himself he is a
"There was a little more pressure today," Nasser
said. "I have never contended in a big tournament like
this. I am playing to practice for college and to prove to
myself that I am a good player."
It is not because he didn't have the game to play with the
best juniors in the nation it is that he didn't display it
when he needed too.
"I always knew I had the talent, but I just didn't show
it at the right time," Nasser said. "I have always
been a good ball striker, but lately I have been able to take
advantage of my shots and make some putts."
Of his seven birdie putts only one was more than 15 feet and
that was a 20-foot bomb on No. 12.
"I had just doubled No. 11 and that putt kind of fired
me up," he said. "I told myself there were a few
birdie holes out there and wanted to play under par on the
Nasser, 18, birdied four out of his last seven holes and will
carry a two-stroke lead into a place he is not too familiar
with-the final group of the final round.
"It will be interesting to see how I can perform under
pressure," Nasser said. "That is what is fun about
golf. You get to see how you can perform against yourself."
Michael Baird of Castle Rock, Calif., is in second place with
a 137. Pansing Singhaseni of Beverly Hills, Calif., Chase
Watkins of Fort Collins, Colo., Drew Stoltz of Fort Collins,
Colo., and 2002 US Open participant Derek Tolan of Highlands
Ranch, Colo., are tied for third.
Svicarovich, 17, fresh off a ladies course-record 67 set in
the first round, avoided a second-round letdown by posting
the best score in the Girls Division with a 73. She is ahead
by five stokes, but said she needs to tighten up on her putting
before the final round.
"My short game was good again, but I missed several birdie
putts out there," Svicarovich said. "I took a double
bogey on No. 3, but was able to hang on after that."
She notched three birdies on the day including a 20-foot putt
on the par-5, 529-yard eighteenth. She is happy to be in the
lead, but is already thinking about the final round.
"I think even par could be good for tomorrow," she
Cindy Shin of Coppell, Texas sits alone in second place with
a two-day total of 145. Rounding out the top three at 148
is Jennifer Hong of Windermere, Fla.
The final round of the AJGA Marsico Funds Colorado Junior
Roundup begins at 6:15 a.m. Thursday, July 4 with tee times
off Nos. 1 and 10. Tee times run until 8:12 a.m.
For more information on the AJGA Marsico Funds Colorado Junior
Roundup, contact our tournament headquarters at (303) 833-3516.