Cho Named To U.S. National Collegiate Team

May 15, 2006

Senior Irene Cho, the 2006 Pac-10 Player of the year and fresh off a title at the NCAA Championships Central Regional, has been named as one of four women's NCAA golfers to represent the United States in the 2006 Fuji Xerox U.S.A. vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced on Monday (May 15).

The 12-member squad competing against Japan will consist of eight men's and four women's collegiate players. The 31st annual competition will be held July 13-15 at Sun Hills C.C. in Japan's Tochigi prefecture.

Others representing the U.S. in addition to Cho are Amanda Blumenherst of Duke, South Carolina-Aiken's Scott Brown, Colin Clark of Guilford, Alex Coe of Pepperdine, Northwestern's Dillon Dougherty, Andrew Dresser of Texas Tech, BYU's Jake Ellison, Dustin Johnson of Coastal Carolina and Erik Flores, Tiffany Joh and Jane Park of UCLA.

Cho has won a USC record-tying four tournaments during her senior year, five for her career, also a school-record. She has also helped guide the Women of Troy to three team titles in 2005-2006, most recently the NCAA Central Regional last weekend.

The American team boasts five conference players of the year - Blumenherst (ACC), Brown (Peach Belt), Cho (Pac-10), Ellison (MWC) and Johnson (Big South).

Team USA leads all-time U.S.A. vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship series, 23-7, and has won 10-straight competitions

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