AJGA TRANSAMERICA JUNIOR
AT DENVER QUALIFIER
Applewood Golf Course
August 4, 2003
10 BOYS AND THREE GIRLS
QUALIFY AT APPLEWOOD
Shahi and Shin take top spots
GOLDEN, Colo. - Sasan Shahi of Laguna
Niguel, Calif., and Nara Shin of Chula Vista, Calif., won
the Boys and Girls Divisions of the AJGA Transamerica Junior
at Denver qualifier. Shahi carded a 4-under-par 66, while
Shin carded a 3-over-par 74.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, Monday's
shotgun qualifier was held at the par-70/71, Applewood Golf
Course and featured a field of 71 boys and 14 girls from 19
Shahi carded an eagle on the par-5, 474-yard seventh hole,
three birdies and one bogey.
"I just tried to hit the ball straight today and drive
the ball well," commented Shahi who hit every fairway
in regulation Monday. "My putting really helped me too.
I didn't miss any putts under six feet. Everything went really
The AJGA Transamerica Junior at Denver will mark Shahi's third
AJGA event of his career, as he looks to improve on his best
AJGA finish, 18th at the 2003 AJGA Lockton Kansas City Junior.
"I really want to play well," remarked Shahi. "
I'm looking to finish in the top-10 at this week's tournament."
Steve Saunders of Albuquerque, N.M., carded a 3-under-par
67 to finish one stroke back of Shahi, placing second and
qualifying for the AJGA Transamerica Junior at Denver. Tying
for third with matching rounds of 2-under-par 68, were Ryan
Husted of Highlands Ranch, Colo., and Blake Chrisman of Tulsa,
Okla. Charles Wehr of Albuquerque, N.M., and Lee Harris of
Fort Morgan, Colo., carded equal rounds of 1-under-par 69.
Four juniors carded even-par 70s to round out Monday's qualifying
field. Aaron Sundberg of Lincoln, Neb., David Tregemba of
Castle Rock, Colo., James Dalthorp III of Los Angeles and
Nick Simmons of Greenwood Village, Colo., all shot even rounds
By carding a 74 Monday, 13-year-old Nara Shin will be making
her first appearance in an AJGA open event.
"I was nervous all round today," Shin said. "I'm
very excited to win and qualify for my first AJGA event. I
really hope that I do well."
Shin's round included one birdie and four
"I putted pretty well all day today," Shin commented.
"I focused very well today and played with a lot of confidence.
I think that my confidence really helped me a lot."
A sudden-death playoff was needed to determine the final two
qualifying spots in the Girls Divison. Becca Huffer of Denver
and Brittany Skoda of Chagrin Falls, Ohio grabbed the final
spots of the qualifier by making pars on the first hole of
the playoff after carding matching rounds of 6-over-par 77.
The first round of the AJGA Transamerica Junior at Denver
begins Wednesday with tee times starting at 7 a.m. off the
For more information on the AJGA Transamerica Junior at Denver,
please contact tournament headquarters at (303) 674-3366.