Overton Helps Team USA Take Lead
July 15, 2004
ICHIHARA, Japan -- Jeff Overton picked up a seven-stroke victory, and Team USA won 12 out of 15 matches to take a 21-15 lead after the second round of the 2004 Fuji Xerox USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship at the Taiheiyou Club Ichihara.
Overton, the 10th-ranked amateur in the U.S., defeated Giteku Gon in round two. The Evansville, Ind., native carded an even-par 71 en route to his seven-shot win.
Japan won the first match of the day - a 73-76 win by Yuta Ikeda over Nolan Martin - but the United States responded by claiming the next three matches. John Holmes - who shot the low round of the day for the Americans with a five-under-par 66 - won his match by seven strokes, while J.J Jakovac recorded a 68-73 victory. Trent Erb claimed the third-straight win for the USA, 70-72. He chipped in from 50 feet on the 18th hole for the birdie and the win.
The Japanese team won their second match of the day when Toru Nakajima downed Justin Smith, 67-72. Team USA won the final three men's matches, beginning with Overton's victory, a 74-77 win by Peter Tomasulo, and Michael Putnam's 70-77 triumph against first-round standout Tatsunori Nukaga. Putnam's victory gave the U.S. a 15-13 lead, its first of the competition.
Japan would come back and tie the event when Miki Saiki recorded a seven-under-par 65 to defeat Anna Grzebien. Kailin Downs put the United States back in the lead for good with a 74-77 win and was followed by five-stroke victories from both Brooke Tull (74-79) and Charlotte Mayorkas (71-76).
The final round will tee off Friday at 8 a.m.
(Golf Coaches Association of America contributed to this story)
RESULTS - UNITED STATES 21 JAPAN 15
JEFF OVERTON, USA defeats Giteku Gon, Japan, 71-78
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