AJGA MARSICO FUNDS COLORADO JUNIOR ROUNDUP
Saddleback Golf Club
Firestone, Colorado
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 skilled player.

"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 back nine."

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 said.

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.


 
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