May 16, 2006
Norman, Okla. - Senior Alex Coe, a two-time All-West Coast Conference (WCC) selection and finalist for the 2006 Byron Nelson Award, eight male student-athletes selected to the 12-person United States Team named to compete in the 2006 Fuji Xerox U.S.A. vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) on Monday.
The championships will be held July 13-15 at Sun Hills Country Club in Japan's Tochigi prefecture.
In addition to Coe, the 12-member squad that consists of eight men's and four women's collegiate players includes Amanda Blumenherst of Duke, South Carolina-Aiken's Scott Brown, Colin Clark of Guilford, Southern California's Irene Cho, 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.
The American team boasts five conference players of the year - Blumenherst (ACC), Brown (Peach Belt), Cho (Pac-10), Ellison (MWC) and Johnson (Big South). Additionally, Blumenherst and Brown claimed their individual league title while Flores and Joh were named Pac-10 freshmen of the year. All 12 members Team USA were named all-conference.
Team USA leads all-time U.S.A. vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship series, 23-7, and has won 10-straight competitions.
Coe is the second Pepperdine men's player to be named to the team, joining former Waves All-American Michael Putnam who competed for the United States in 1994.
Coe, who currently tops the Waves with a 72.39 stroke average, will lead Pepperdine into the NCAA West Regional Championships that get underway Thursday in Tucson, Arizona. All the action can be followed live on the Internet at www.golfstat.com.