AJGA MARSICO FUNDS COLORADO JUNIOR ROUNDUP
Pelican Lakes Golf & Country Club
Windsor, Colo.
July 31-Aug. 3, 2001

TWO FRESH FACES FILL WINNER'S CIRCLE
Marty Melcher and Leah Whiting both claim first AJGA Title in first AJGA event

WINDSOR, Colo. - The road to Marty Melcher's and Leah Whiting's first national title was not as easy as they would have liked. Melcher, of Redlands, Calif., needed three sudden-death playoff holes while Whiting, who hails from Hilo, Hawaii, sunk a 15-foot par-saving putt on her 54th and final hole to keep from going into a sudden-death playoff.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Marsico Funds Colorado Junior Roundup featured 99 players representing 17 states. Thirty-six Coloradoans competed in the event, but in the end, two out-of-staters grabbed their respective division titles.

Melcher came from two shots back in the final round to force the sudden-death playoff. He even surprised himself when he turned in his scorecard.

"I knew I had to make birdies," Melcher said of his final round 4-under-par 68. "When I found out I was in the running I was ecstatic."

Melcher caught first- and second-round leader Drew Stoltz of Ft. Collins, Colo., when he sunk a 15-foot birdie putt on his final hole.

The third player included in the playoff was Derek O'Neil of Littleton, Colo. O'Neil overcame an opening-round 78 to fire back-to-back 67's to put him in that position.

After all three parred the first playoff hole, O'Neil bowed-out on the par-5, 2nd hole. Stoltz three-putted for bogey on the par-4, 3rd. Melcher then claimed victory by two-putting from 40 feet for par.

"I had the exact same putt this morning, except I made it for birdie," Melcher said. "I just tried to do the same thing."

This AJGA win now gives Melcher the confidence to play against the best, he said.

"I feel like I can go out and place and shoot well," Melcher said of his 74-70-68--212 tournament total. "It feels great knowing that I can compete with these guys."

Following Melcher, Stoltz and O'Neil at 212 were Woogene Lee of Fountain Valley, Calif., and Matthew Slovitt of Winnetka, Ill., at 214.

Whiting went to great lengths to win her first AJGA Girls Division championship. Besides traveling more than eight hours by plane and missing the first two days of school, Whiting fought off Alyssa Otero of Santa Fe, N.M., during the final round of play to maintain her second round one-stroke lead.

"I wanted to do it for everyone back home and all of the support they give me," Whiting said. "I was just telling myself not to think about being number one. I didn't want to get big-headed. I did a good job of keeping my head on straight and that's the main reason I won."

Whiting, who finished with a 78-72-76--226 tournament total, was followed by Otero at 227 and Mayumi Kobayashi of Santa Monica, Calif., at 229.

For more information about the AJGA Marsico Funds Colorado Junior Roundup or any AJGA event, contact our national headquarters at (877) 373-2542.


WINDSOR, Colo. -- Final results from the AJGA MARSICO FUNDS COLORADO JUNIOR ROUNDUP conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Pelican Lakes Golf & Country Club. Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: Boys: 7,092 Girls: 5,856

BOYS DIVISION

Pos.
Name Class City State Rd1 Rd2 Rd3 Total

1

*Marty Melcher

(2003)

Redlands

Calif.

74

70

68

212

T2

Derek O'Neill

(2002)

Littleton

Colo.

78

67

67

212

Drew Stoltz

(2002)

Ft. Collins

Colo.

68

74

70

212

T4

Woogene Lee

(2003)

Fountain Valley

Calif.

73

71

70

214

 

Matthew Slovitt

(2002)

Winnetka

Ill.

70

74

70

214

T6

Christian Akau

(2002)

Waipahu

Hawaii

73

73

71

217

Michael Baird

(2003)

Castle Rock

Colo.

75

69

73

217

T8

Daniel Lim

(2005)

Cupertino

Calif.

71

75

73

219

 

Sean Meier

(2002)

Palm Desert

Calif.

74

72

73

219

T10

Joshua Bargfrede

(2001)

Rochester

Minn.

73

77

70

220

John Scott

(2003)

Englewood

Colo.

71

78

71

220

12

Martin Piller

(2004)

Duncanville

Texas

74

75

72

221

T13

Ben Carlstead

(2001)

Flossmoor

Ill.

73

79

70

222

Collin Lee

(2003)

Santa Barbara

Calif.

74

75

73

222

Matt Bortis

(2003)

Parker

Colo.

80

68

74

222

Christian Whittaker

(2002)

Pleasanton

Calif.

73

73

76

222

T17

Alex Coe

(2002)

Danville

Calif.

74

76

73

223

 

Kyle Forbes

(2003)

La Quinta

Calif.

76

73

74

223

 

Aaron Weston

(2002)

Lone Tree

Colo.

74

73

76

223

 

Derek Tolan

(2004)

Highlands Ranch

Colo.

75

72

76

223

T21

Scott Jannarone

(2003)

Colleyville

Texas

74

76

74

224

Taylor McNeely

(2004)

Duncanville

Texas

76

72

76

224

Matthew Gutowski

(2001)

Superior

Colo.

69

78

77

224

T24

Thomas Oh

(2001)

Englewood

Colo.

74

80

71

225

 

Tyler Mathews

(2002)

Phoenix

Ariz.

73

76

76

225

 

Logan O'Reilly

(2003)

Windsor

Colo.

77

72

76

225

 

Brian Thornburg

(2001)

Albuquerque

N.M.

74

75

76

225

28

Ryoong Lim

(2003)

Pleasanton

Calif.

75

81

70

226

T29

Jimmy Brown

(2003)

Colorado Springs

Colo.

76

80

71

227

 

Taylor Hobin

(2003)

Antioch

Calif.

73

78

76

227

 

Darren Schwartz

(2003)

Westlake Village

Calif.

79

70

78

227

T32

Jason Sigler

(2001)

Ft. Leavenworth

Kan.

80

74

74

228

Brandon Dornseif

(2002)

Littleton

Colo.

75

76

77

228

Calder Hendrickson

(2003)

Superior

Colo.

77

73

78

228

Ford Halbardier

(2002)

Spring

Texas

70

77

81

228

Bryan Nelson

(2002)

Placerville

Calif.

74

72

82

228

T37

Dustin Mills

(2001)

Arvada

Colo.

75

79

75

229

 

Garrett Lipus

(2002)

Trabuco Canyon

Calif.

79

74

76

229

T39

Niel King

(2002)

Gillette

Wyo.

72

83

75

230

Robby Stratton

(2002)

Glendale

Ariz.

79

76

75

230

Aaron Goldberg

(2003)

Encinitas

Calif.

71

81

78

230

Bobby Nyberg

(2003)

El Dorado Hills

Calif.

79

73

78

230

T43

Kenneth Ebalo

(2001)

Las Vegas

Nev.

77

80

74

231

 

Trevor Branon

(2002)

Los Gatos

Calif.

75

80

76

231

 

Derek Osterman

(2002)

Okmulgee

Okla.

78

75

78

231

 

Charles Soule

(2002)

Longmont

Colo.

78

75

78

231

T47

Patrick Baxter

(2002)

Cherry Hills Village

Colo.

76

80

76

232

Ryan Beachler

(2002)

Omaha

Neb.

81

75

76

232

Christopher Garehime

(2003)

Englewood

Colo.

76

79

77

232

Matthew Espinosa

(2002)

Dallas

Texas

78

76

78

232

Brandon Graspointer

(2002)

Turlock

Calif.

78

73

81

232

T52

Adam Sieg

(2002)

Hot Springs

S.D.

79

82

72

233

 

Westy Rose

(2002)

Palo Alto

Calif.

75

80

78

233

T54

Lance Vasquez

(2002)

Ft. Worth

Texas

78

83

73

234

Conor Bancroft

(2003)

Englewood

Colo.

81

79

74

234

56

Ryan Anderson

(2002)

Greeley

Colo.

79

78

78

235

T57

Devon Child

(2002)

Snowmass

Colo.

80

79

77

236

Casey Nielsen

(2002)

Las Vegas

Nev.

79

79

78

236

59

Cory Johnson

(2002)

Loveland

Colo.

79

76

82

237

60

Nathan Hall

(2003)

Atherton

Calif.

72

83

83

238

T61

Jason Kramer

(2002)

Englewood

Colo.

75

82

82

239

 

Ryan Davis

(2002)

Overland Park

Kan.

78

77

84

239

63

Alex Shin

(2003)

Arcadia

Calif.

78

82

80

240

64

John Cardinal

(2003)

Lubbock

Texas

80

76

86

242

65

Walt Koelbel

(2004)

Englewood

Colo.

86

78

79

243

T66

Jeff Steckmest

(2002)

Pacific Palisades

Calif.

88

79

77

244

 

Yuta Motoyama

(2002)

Littleton

Colo.

78

84

82

244

68

Woodrow Gustafson

(2001)

Boise

Idaho

79

80

87

246

69

Justin Setser

(2002)

Eldon

Mo.

82

83

83

248

70

Zack Damon

(2002)

Kingwood

Texas

81

82

87

250

71

Brian Petri

(2002)

Westminster

Colo.

81

83

87

251

72

Scott Brozena

(2002)

Littleton

Colo.

84

86

88

258

Nathan Piller

(2001)

Duncanville

Texas

81

81

WD

Cody Glidden

(2002)

Manhattan

Kan.

86

WD

John Sjoberg

(2001)

Thief River Falls

Minn.

80

78

WD

*Won on third playoff hole

GIRLS DIVISION

Pos.
Name Class City State Rd1 Rd2 Rd3 Total

1

Leah Whiting

(2002)

Hilo

Hawaii

78

72

76

226

2

Alyssa Otero

(2003)

Santa Fe

N.M.

76

75

76

227

3

Mayumi Kobayashi

(2004)

Santa Monica

Calif.

74

83

72

229

T4

Margaret Garehime

(2001)

Englewood

Colo.

77

80

76

233

Courtney Mahon

(2002)

Topeka

Kan.

76

80

77

233

6

Julie Park

(2002)

Diamond Bar

Calif.

77

83

74

234

T7

Tiffany Woods

(2002)

Escondido

Calif.

79

85

73

237

Jill Phillips

(2002)

Auburn

Wash.

76

81

80

237

Julie Kim

(2002)

Rancho Palace Verde

Calif.

79

73

85

237

10

Aimee Tjelmeland

(2002)

Ft. Collins

Colo.

78

78

82

238

11

Kelly Jacques

(2004)

Longmont

Colo.

80

81

80

241

12

Katy Heffel

(2003)

Mesa

Ariz.

80

80

85

245

13

Lindsay Hullwick

(2001)

Littleton

Colo.

82

84

80

246

14

Ashley Prust

(2003)

Englewood

Colo.

79

82

87

248

15

Carlee Hanson

(2002)

Bremerton

Wash.

80

86

83

249

16

Jessica Ellis

(2003)

Littleton

Colo.

85

81

87

253

17

Ayeesha Kosugi

(2001)

Arcadia

Calif.

82

87

85

254

18

Reana Yun

(2002)

Glendale

Calif.

83

86

87

256

T19

Kristin Smith

(2002)

Moorpark

Calif.

83

88

88

259

Kylee King

(2001)

Morrison

Colo.

82

87

90

259

Leah Johnson

(2001)

Loveland

Colo.

85

82

92

259

22

Megan Byrne

(2002)

Westminster

Colo.

88

89

98

275

23

Angela Sumner

(2002)

Monument

Colo.

95

97

94

286

Ashley Forbes

(2002)

La Quinta

Calif.

75

77

WD

 
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