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

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