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TCU wins team title, Auburn’s Dufner wins individual title

September 18, 1997

TANAGURA, Japan (AP) _ Grady Girard fired a final-round 5-under-par 67 today and led TCU to the team title in the U.S.-Japan Intercollegiate Golf championship.

Jason Dufner of Auburn won the men’s individual title by two strokes and Japan won the women’s team and individual events.

TCU scored a 6-under-par 282 for a 870 total in the 54-hole event. Beside Girard’s 67, Alberto Ochoa shot a 69, J.J. Henry had a 72 and Sal Spallone had a 74.

Auburn also had a 282 total on the final day and tied for second place with Nihon University at 875, 11-over-par.

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 7,050-yard course in Fukushima, northern Japan.

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

In the men’s individual competition, Dufner shot a 2-under-par 70 for a 215 total for the three rounds.

Henry tied with Girard for second at 217 after a closing round 72.

In the women’s competition, Senshu University, led by Yuriko Otsuka’s 74, compiled a 10-over-par 302 on the last day for a 937 three-round total.

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

Two U.S. and four Japanese teams competed on the 6,282-yard, par-73 women’s layout.

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

Angela Stanford of TCU shot a 76 for a 240 and tied for ninth place with Yoshino Nakajima of Japan.

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