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U.S. wins men’s team, individual titles

September 18, 1997

TANAGURA, Japan (AP) _ Texas Christian, paced by Grady Girard’s 5-under-par 67, won the U.S.-Japan Intercollegiate Golf championship on Thursday.

Jason Dufner of Auburn shot a 70 to finish at 1-under 215 for the 54-hole tournament to win the men’s individual title. Japan won the women’s team and individual events.

In the men’s team competition, TCU scored a 6-under 282 for a 6-over 870 total. Beside Girard’s 67, Alberto Ochoa shot a 69, J.J. Henry had a 72 and Sal Spallone a 74.

Auburn, which also shot 282 Thursday, tied for second place with Nihon University at 11-over 875.

Houston was fourth in the 12-team men’s field at 893, followed by Wake Forest at 894 and the University of East Asia at 897.

Four U.S. and eight Japanese men’s teams competed on the Tanagura Country Club’s course in Fukushima, northern Japan.

Each team had five players and the best four scores counted in the total.

Henry and Girard tied for second in the individual title at 217, two strokes behind Dufner.

In the women’s competition, Senshu University, led by Yuriko Otsuka’s 74, shot a 10-over 302 for a 61-over 937 three-round total.

Nihon University finished second at 949 while Kinki University came in third at 958. TCU followed at 965, while Chukyo Women’s University finished at 979 and New Mexico State at 985.

In the women’s individual contest, Shiho Oyama of Nihon University won the title by beating Yuriko Otsuka of Senshu University in a playoff after tying at 11-over 230.

Oyama had a birdie and Otsuka had a par on the first extra hole, the par-5 ninth.

Oyama shot a 76 and Otsuka had a 74 Thursday.

Angela Stanford of TCU shot a 76 for a 21-over 240 and tied for ninth with Yoshino Nakajima.

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