Saddleback Golf Club
Firestone, Colorado
July 1-4, 2002

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.

Premier Partners
Official Partners
Media Partners
Association Partner
Twitter Facebook AJGA Blog AJGA on Instagram AJGA on YouTube
Member Logins
Player, Coach and Alumni Login
Member ID:
Forgot your password?
Don't have a password?
Forgot your Member ID?
Not A Member or Need to Renew?
What every member should know
Learn the basics
Performance Based Entry
Leadership Links
ACE Grant financial aid
Polo Golf Rankings
1. Chun-an Yu
Taoyuan, --
2. Philip Barbaree
Shreveport, LA
3. Eugene Hong
Sanford, FL
4. Spencer Soosman
Westlake Village, CA
5. Davis Shore
Knoxville, TN
1. Hannah O'Sullivan
Chandler, AZ
2. Angel Yin
Arcadia, CA
3. Sierra Brooks
Sorrento, FL
4. Nelly Korda
Bradenton, FL
5. Mika Liu
Beverly Hills, CA
Complete Rankings

The Foundation

The American Junior Golf Foundation is the primary recipient of all charitable giving to the AJGA and as such administers a variety of programs designed to compliment the AJGA and the members and families who make up our community. Learn more about these important programs and how your contributions to the Foundation secure the AJGA’s financial future for future generations to come.
Donate Now
Planned Giving Program
Endow an ACE Grant
Annual Fund
ACE Grant


The Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program provides financial assistance to junior golfers who wish to play in AJGA events. Its goal is to give top-flight golf opportunities to young golfers regardless of financial resources. This program helps to fulfill the AJGA’s mission of developing young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.

Leadership Links

What is Leadership Links?

Leadership Links is a new program whereby the AJGA is able to further its mission to help develop young men and women by teaching charitable giving skills and service-oriented practices at an early age. This program gives juniors all the tools necessary to donate their time, talent and resources to local charities and the AJGA youth development programs. Please click here to learn more about the program and the different opportunities available.

Weekly Results
Polo Golf Junior Classic
S.M. Lee
Won Jun Lee
Matthew Wolff
Mariel Galdiano
Andrea Lee
Maria Hoyos
FJ Live Scoring
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and
development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.