Chris Nallen Helps Team USA to Early Lead in USA vs. Japan College Golf Matches
July 17, 2002
GLENVIEW, Ill. - The University of Arizona's Chris Nallen earned a first round win Wednesday to help the United States to a 9-3 lead in the opening round of the Fuji Xerox USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championships at The Glen Club.
Team USA captured four of six matches in the aggregate four-ball format and halved another to take an early six-point lead. In racing to that 9-3 lead, Team USA bettered Team Japan by an average of 5.8 strokes per pairing.
Nallen, who just completed his sophomore season at Arizona, paired with Vanderbilt's Brandt Snedeker to defeat Japanese counterparts Riki Ikeda and Kiyota Taichiro, 142-147. Nallen and Snedeker each shot a one-under-par 71 to open play. The U.S. men were 3-0-1 in its four matches, while the women split two matches.
Nallen is scheduled to meet Japan's Kiyota Taichiro in singles play on Thursday. The native of Blairstown, N.J., is the third Arizona player to compete in the USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championships in the last two years.
Play continues through Friday at The Glen Club, a par 72 facility. Singles matches begin Thursday at 7:30 a.m. CDT.
First Round Four-ball Results
The Glen Club, Glenview, IllinoisWednesday, July 17, 2002
Combined stroke-play scores of two Japanese players vs. combined stroke-play scores of two American players.
MenUSA Clint Colbert (75) and Brock Mackenzie (71)def. JAPAN Toyokazu Fujishima (79) and Satoshi Sakamoto (80),146-159
USA Bryan Clarke (68) and Gregg Jones (72)def. JAPAN Haruo Fujishima (74) and Yuusaku Miyasato (72), 140-146
JAPAN Shintaro Kai (69) and Kunihiro Kamii (73)halved with USA Dustin Bray (70) and Kris Mikkelson (72), 142-142
USA Chris Nallen (71) and Brandt Snedeker (71)def. JAPAN Riki Ikeda (74) and Kiyota Taichiro (73), 142-147
WomenJAPAN Kyoko Furuya (76) and Izumi Narita (78)def. USA Danielle Downey (78) and Kelli Kamimura (78), 154-156
USA Christi Cano (74) and Kristy McPherson (72)def. JAPAN Kitomi Matsumura (84) and Chiharu Tunekawa (75), 146-159
Team Points: USA leads Japan, 9-3