AJGA MARSICO FUNDS COLORADO
Saddleback Golf Club
July 1-4, 2002
NASSER OVERCOMES CHARGING
BAIRD TO WIN IN PLAYOFF
Svicarovich wins wire-to-wire
FIRESTONE, Colo. -Jordan Nasser of Anaheim Hills,
Calif., snagged the win after a two-hole sudden-death playoff
with Michael Baird of Castle Rock, Colo. at the AJGA Marisco
Funds Colorado Junior Roundup. Kristen Svicarovich of Hillsboro,
Ore., held onto her wire-to-wire lead by shooting 1-under-par
71 to claim first place in the Girls Division while Jennifer
Hong of Windermere, Fla., was hotter than the Colorado heat.
Hong played a personal best and course tournament record low
of 6-under-par 66.
The 54-hole championship, conducted by the American Junior
Golf Association, was hosted by the 7,014-yard, par-72 Saddleback
Golf Club and featured 84 players from 18 states, with 37
players hailing from Colorado.
After shooting a 3-under-par 69 in the final round, Nasser,
18, was tied for the tournament with Baird and his low final-round
score of 5-under par 67. Nasser said the first hole of the
playoff got him ready for his birdie on the second.
"I had about an 80-foot putt across three tiers that
I didn't expect to two-putt," Nasser said. "I felt
really relieved after that and much more relaxed."
Coming into the tournament, Nasser said he had the confidence
to win because of his golf coach at home.
"Before I came here Jay Prestella, my golf coach, said,
'You're going to win this thing - you're just swinging too
well,'" Nasser said.
Throughout the round the level-of-play that Baird put out
motivated Nasser to not let up on his game.
"Watching Michael make all those birdies helped me to
get going and make some of my own," Nasser said. "He
could have won just as easily as I did."
Baird, 17, made a run for the win on No. 15 where he began
a four-hole stretch of birdies through to the end.
Rounding out the top five, Derek Tolan (68-71-67-206) of Highlands
Ranch, Colo., finished in third place while Pansing Singhaseni
(70-69-70-209) of Beverly Hills, Calif., was fourth. Joseph
Kim (74-66-70-210) of Laguna Niguel, Calif., was awarded fifth
After her final round, Svicarovich, 17, was elated; the smile
on her face couldn't have been any bigger.
"I finally broke through and kept under-par in a major
tournament," she said. "I've been finishing close
to par for so long that it's nice to finally break it. I now
know how to do it again."
Svicarovich kept her final round under-par by draining a 60-yard
wedge shot for eagle on No. 5 and carded birdies on Nos. 4
"I had a really long putt on No. 4 for birdie, and it
really helped me out," Svicarovich said. "It felt
like it was 60-feet long."
Keeping Svicarovich on her toes Hong carded six birdies and
"I went with the flow and followed the advice I gave
myself yesterday of not getting ahead of myself," Hong,
Cindy Shin of Coppell, Texas, shot 1-under-par 215 for the
tournament to garner third place.
For more information on the AJGA Marsico Funds Colorado Junior
Roundup, contact our headquarters at (877) 373-2542.