Japan took a 20-16 lead over the United States today with
ICHIHARA, Japan (AP) _ Japan took a 20-16 lead over the United States today with one round to play in their annual Collegiate Golf Championship.
Japan took an early 9-3 lead, winning four and tying one of the six doubles matches in the first round, completed today after heavy rain had halted play Tuesday. A dozen singles matches also were played today, and U.S. golfers won six and tied one.
Darron Stiles of Florida Southern shot the American team’s best score, a 1-under-par 71, and beat Tatsuhiko Takahashi of Nihon University, who shot a 73 over the 7,217-yard, par-72 men’s layout on the Hamano Country Club golf.
The other three American men singles winners were Scott Rowe of Northwestern, 72-74 over Motonari Yamamoto of Nihon University; Craig Cozby of Oklahoma, 73-77 over Naruhito Ueda of Nihon, and David Seawell of South Carolina, 73-77 over Shinji Yoshihara of Kyushu Industrial.
Scott Scovil of Christopher New Port, winner of the 1995 Ferrum Spring Invitational, and Keizo Yabuuchi of Nihon College of Physical Education tied 76-76.
Each victory is worth two points and a draw one point.
On the 6,369-yard, par-72 women’s layout, Tracy Hughes of Kentucky and Marci Clemmons of Auburn were winners. Hughes beat Yoko Nakano of Nihon 81-82, and Clemmons defeated Suzuka Kanazawa of Waseda University 76-83.
The competition concludes with 16 singles matches on Thursday.
In the past 19 competitions, the U.S. team has won 13.