July 14, 2006
TOCHIGI PREFECTURE, Japan - Former Pepperdine men's golfer Alex Coe came from behind to defeat Japan's Yohei Nakamichi, 70-72, during second round singles play Friday at the 31st annual Fuji Xerox USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship at Sun Hills Country Club in Japan's Tochigi prefecture. The two sides split the second round singles matches to maintain the Americans four-point margin.
Amanda Blumenherst claimed the first match of the day - 70-81 - to extend the American lead to six. Japan rebounded to win the next two matches when Miki Saiki downed Tiffany Joh, 73-77, and Erina hara beat Irene Cho, 71-73. Jane Park pushed the U.S. lead back to four with a 71-75 victory in the final women's match.
Team USA would win the first two men's matches to extend its lead to 16-8. Scott Brown downed Yuki Ito, 70-73, and Coe defeated Nakamichi, 70-72. Dillon Dougherty halved his match with Masahiko Sanada at even-par 70 to maintain the eight-point lead before Yuta Ikeda beat Jake Ellison, 67-69, and Yuto Yasumoto defeated Colin Clark to cut the lead in half. Erik Flores overcame a five-stroke deficit to half his match with Ayumi Kawamitsu at 71. Japan would get within two after Toru nakajima's two-shot victory against Dustin Johnson before Andrew Dresser's 72-76 decision pushed the score to 20-16.
Final round action tees off Saturday at 8 a.m. Japan time.
Coe graduated this past April and helped Pepperdine advance to the NCAA Championships for the seventh time in school history. He led the Waves with a 72.73 stroke average, was named All-West Coast Conference and an Academic All-American.
31st Fuji Xerox USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship
Round Two Results
Sunhills Country Club
United States 20
Amanda Blumenherst USA def. Tomoko Yokoyama, Japan, 70-81 USA, 10-4
Miki Saiki, Japan def. Tiffany Joh, USA, 73-77 USA, 10-6
Erina hara, Japan def. Irene Cho, USA, 71-73 USA, 10-8
Jane Park, USA def. Chika Yamamoto, Japan, 71-75 USA, 12-8
Scott Brown, USA def. Yuki Ito, Japan, 70-73 USA, 14-8
Alex Coe, USA def. Yohei Nakamichi, Japan, 70-72 USA, 16-8
Dillon Dougherty, USA halved Masahiko Sanada, Japan, 70-70 USA, 17-9
Yuta Ikeda, Japan def. Jake Ellison, USA, 67-69 USA, 17-11
Yuto Yasumoto, Japan def. Colin Clark, USA, 71-72 USA, 17-13
Erik Flores, USA halved Ayumi Kawamitsu, Japan, 71-71 USA, 18-14
Toru nakajima, Japan def. Dustin Johnson, USA, 72-74 USA, 18-16
Andrew Dresser, USA def. Daisuke Yasumoto, Japan, 72-76 USA, 20-16
Final Round Pairings
Saturday, July 15 - 8 a.m.
Irene Cho USA vs. Tomoko Yokoyama, Japan
Tiffany Joh, USA vs. Chika Yamamoto, Japan
Jane Park, USA vs. Miki Saiki, Japan
Amanda Blumenherst, USA vs. Erina hara, Japan
Dustin Johnson, USA vs. Daisuke Yasumoto, Japan
Alex Coe, USA vs. Masahiko Sanada, Japan
Scott Brown, USA vs. Yohei Nakamichi, Japan
Erik Flores, USA vs. Ayumi Kawamitsu, Japan
Jake Ellison, USA vs. Yuto Watanabe, Japan
Colin Clark, USA vs. Yuki Ito, Japan
Andrew Dresser, USA vs. Toru nakajima, Japan
Dillon Dougherty, USA vs. Yuta Ikeda, Japan