Arvidson Leads U.S. Golfers To Victory In Fuji Xerox USA vs. Japan Matches
July 9, 2001
SANO, Tochigi, Japan -
Former Oregon State men's golfer Anthony Arvidson led the charge for the United States as the U.S. claimed its seventh consecutive win over Japan in the 26th annual Fuji Xerox U.S.A. vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship, held at Verde Sano Country Club. The U.S. won 37-23.
The competition is made up of eight men's and four women's collegiate golfers from both countries who square off in match-play competition over three rounds from July 3-5. Teams earn two points for a match won and one point for a tie. The men's and women's scores are combined for the total team score.
Arvidson earned MVP honors for the event, firing an overall 10-under 206 for the three rounds, the 2001 OSU graduate blistered the par-72 course for a final-round 68 to give the U.S. its final points of the competition. Arvidson won his match over Yoshiaki Kimura 68-78.
'I just wanted to go out and shoot as low of a score as possible and help my team out,' the former Oregon State All-American said. 'Playing with these guys as good as they are, to come out on top is an honor. It's something I'll always remember.'
Joining Arvidson on the U.S. squad were some of the top names in college golf, including Ricky Barnes (Arizona), Hunter Mahan (USC) and Nick Watney (Fresno State). On the women's side, Natalie Gulbis (Arizona) and Stacy Pramannasudh (Tulsa) headlined the roster.