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Blumenherst Named MVP; Leads U.S. To 37-23 Victory Over Japan
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 07/15/2006
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Amanda Blumenherst was named MVP winning all three of her matches
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TOCHIGI PREFECTURE, Japan -- The United States won 17 of 24 final-round points on Saturday to defeat Japan 37-23 at the 31st annual Fuji Xerox USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship at Sun Hills Country Club.

The victory was the 11th straight for the United States and its largest since 2001. The Americans now lead the all-time series, 24-7.

The two sides halved the first match of stroke-play singles and split the second and third to keep the U.S. lead at four, 23-19. Irene Cho of Southern California and Tomoko Senshu both fired 72 to start the round while Tiffany Joh of UCLA earned a two-stroke victory for the USA and Japan's Miki Saiki triumphed 69-72 against Jane Park of UCLA.

America responded by winning seven straight matches to clinch the championship. Women's MVP Amanda Blumenherst of Duke -- who was the only player in the competition to claim all three of her matches -- started the run with a 68-71 victory.

Team USA would then win the first six men's matches. Dustin Johnson of Coastal Carolina claimed a seven-stroke victory, followed by a five-shot win by Alex Coe of Pepperdine. Scott Brown of South Carolina-Aiken clinched the matches by making birdie on four of the final five holes -- including the last three -- for an apparent come-from-behind victory.

After the round, however, it was determined that his opponent signed an incorrect scorecard and Brown was declared winner by disqualification. Erik Flores of UCLA continued the streak with a three-shot victory and was followed by wins by Jake Ellison of Brugham Young and Colin Clark of Guilford.

Japan won the final two matches. Toro Nakajima downed Andrew Dresser of Texas Tech, 70-71, and men's MVP Yuta Ikeda beat Dillon Dougherty of Northwestern.

Release provided by NGCA Communications Office