U.S. Leads Japan in Fuji Xerox Collegiate Golf Championship

TOKYO GOLF CLUB, Japan (July 16, 2008)--The United States won three matches and halved another to claim a 7-5 lead after the first round of the 33rd annual Fuji Xerox USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship at Tokyo Golf Club. Team USA got off to a quick start when Kevin O’Connell shot four-under and he and Zack Sucher dominated the opening match, winning 140-153. The Americans would also claim the second match when Brent Witcher and Chris Wolfe downed Hiroki Abe and Hiroki Nashida 142-143.

Witcher was also four-under in his match. Japan would claim the next match 138-141 when Yuki Usami and Shunsuke Sonoda beat Nick Bova and Ryan Spears. The two sides halved the final men’s match after a strong rally by Sam Cyr and Andrew Putnam. The two teams would split the women’s matches. Nanae Shinzato and Kaoria Azuma defeated Sydnee Michaels and Lizette Salas, 145-147.

America claimed the final match of the day when Cydney Clanton’s five-under-par 69 propelled her and Jessica Yadloczky to a 146-151 victory. The second round will begin Friday at 8:30 a.m. (GMT +9).

ABOUT THE U.S.A. vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship

The Fuji Xerox USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship is the longest running international collegiate golf event in the world. First held in 1975 at Narashino Country Club in Japan , the US-Japan matches have been held annually in cooperation with the Japanese Student Golf Association.

These matches feature outstanding men's and women's college players from the United States and Japan . Founded to help promote international goodwill through the game of golf, former U.S. players include Curtis Strange, Jay Haas, Peter Jacobsen, Brad Faxon, Juli Inkster, Davis Love III, Steve Stricker, Dottie Pepper, Todd Hamilton, David Toms, Ben Curtis, Bob Tway and Scott Verplank.

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