July 17, 2006
TOCHIGI PREFECTURE, Japan - Recent Pepperdine graduate Alex Coe recorded a five-shot victory during the final round of the 31st annual Fuji Xerox USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship at Sun Hills Country Club in Japan's Tochigi prefecture on Saturday to help the Americans claim their 11th straight win in the series and largest margin of victory since 2001.
Team USA won 17 of 24 final-round points to defeat Japan, 37-23, and increase its all-time series lead to 24-7.
The two sides halved the first match and split the second and third to keep the U.S. lead at four, 23-19. Irene Cho and Tomoko Senshu both fired 72 to start the round while Tiffany Joh earned a two-stroke victory for the USA and Japan's Miki Saiki's triumphed 69-72 against Jane Park.
America responded by winning seven-straight matches to clinch the championship.
Women's Most Valuable Player Amanda Blumenherst - who was the only player in the competition to claim all three of her matches - started the run with a 68-71 victory. Team USA would then win the first six men's matches. Dustin Johnson claimed a seven-stroke victory followed by Coe's win over Masahiko Sanada.
Scott Brown clinched the matches by making birdie on four of the final five holes - including the last three - for an apparent come-from-behind victory. After the round, however, it was determined that his opponent signed an incorrect scorecard and Brown was declared winner by disqualification. Erik Flores continued the streak with a three-shot victory and was followed by wins by Jake Ellison and Colin Clark.
Japan won the final two matches. Toro nakajima downed Andrew Dresser, 70-71, and men's Most Valuable Player Yuta Ikeda beat Dillon Dougherty.
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
Final Round Results
Sunhills Country Club
United States 37
Irene Cho USA halved Tomoko Yokoyama, Japan USA, 21-17
Tiffany Joh, USA def. Chika Yamamoto, Japan, 75-77 USA, 23-17
Miki Saiki, Japan def. Jane Park, USA, 69-72 USA, 23-19
Amanda Blumenherst, USA def. Erina hara, Japan, 68-71 USA, 25-19
Dustin Johnson, USA def. Daisuke Yasumoto, Japan, 73-80 USA, 27-19
Alex Coe, USA def. Masahiko Sanada, Japan, 70-75 USA, 29-19
Scott Brown, USA def. Yohei Nakamichi, Japan, DQ USA, 31-19
Erik Flores, USA def. Ayumi Kawamitsu, Japan, 72-75 USA, 33-19
Jake Ellison, USA def. Yuto Watanabe, Japan, 71-76 USA, 35-19
Colin Clark, USA def. Yuki Ito, Japan, 73-75 USA, 37-19
Toru nakajima, Japan def. Andrew Dresser, USA, 70-71 USA, 37-21
Yuta Ikeda, Japan def. Dillon Dougherty, USA, 69-78 USA, 37-23