Rewind: July 2002, The Glen Club hosts its first tournament.

The Glen Club opened in 2001, and shortly after it opened, it was already in line for important tournaments, the first of which was the Fuji-Xerox USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship, held July 17-19, 2002. Recall that in 2002 international diplomacy was skewed after the September 11 attacks in New York and Washington, DC. Therefore, holding a friendly international competition at this time received more respect than at normal times.

First played at the Narashino Country Club in Japan, matches between the US and Japan were played annually in cooperation with the Japan Student Golf Association and the American Golf Coaches Association. The matches featured prominent male and female college players from the US and Japan and were designed to help build international goodwill through the game of golf. Former US players have included Curtis Strange, Jay Haas, Peter Jacobsen, Brad Faxon, Julie Inkster, David Love III, Steve Stricker, Dottie Pepper, Todd Hamilton, Davis Thoms, Ben Curtis, Bob Tway and Scott Verplank.

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Fuji-Xerox USA Championship vs. The Japan Collegiate Golf Championship is a team competition with 12 collegiate golfers from each country. Each team has eight men and four women.

The tournament consists of three rounds of stroke play over 18 holes; six matches on the first day and twelve matches on each of the last two days. The six matches on Day 1 are two-man four-ball matches in stroke play (the total number of strokes for both players on the team).

The last two days – all individual matches on the score of strokes. For all three days of the competition, each match won is worth two points, half matches are worth one point to each side.

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The 2002 USA team included: Daniel Downey (Auburn), Kelly Kamimura (Washington), Christy McPherson (South Carolina), Christy Cano (Oklahoma State); Brock McKenzie (Washington), Clint Colbert (Savannah College of Art and Design), Dustin Bray (North Carolina), Chris Mikkelson (Georgia Tech), Brandt Snedeker (Vanderbilt), Chris Nallen (Arizona), Brian Clark (University of West Florida) ) and Gregg Jones (Clemson).

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Brandt Snedeker

Team USA quickly took the lead on Wednesday (July 17) by Glen Club. The Americans won four of their six matches and halved the fifth, extending their 9-3 lead after the first day of competition. Playing to par 72, the first round was marked by University of West Florida’s Brian Clark, who set a course record of 68 (-4) on a field designed by Tom Fazio a year ago.

The course record was lowered on the second day due to Vanderbilt’s Brandt Snedeker scoring 65 points. On the second day, the lead of the Americans also decreased, who were in the lead with 6 points after the first day, but held on by the evening of the second round. advantage by 4 points. Things got even worse on Day 3 when Japan equalized by 29 points in one match. The Americans secured the win when Christy McPherson of South Carolina completed a nine-punch victory over Chiharu Tsunekawa. Final score: USA 31 – Japan 29.

Chris Mikkelsen of Georgia Institute of Technology continued the course record-setting trend during the competition. On Day 3, Mikkelsen hit a 10 under par 62, improving the record set the day before by Brandt Snedeker by three strokes.

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Mikkelsen and McPherson received MVP awards by posting a poor tournament record over 54 holes. Mikkelsen (men) scored 204 (-12) and McPherson (women) scored 217 (+1). Team USA’s victory in 2002 brought the series total to 21 for the US and 6 for Japan.

Fuji Xerox USA Championship vs. The Japan Collegiate Golf Championship, which was the longest running international collegiate golf competition in the world, ran until 2008. The 33rd and final competition of the Fuji Xerox USA vs. Collegiate Championships. Club, where the Americans dominated the tournament, defeating Japan 37-23. The unprecedented streak ended with the US team winning 24 times and Japan winning 9 times.

Thanks to the Fuji Xerox USA vs. Collegiate Golf Championship. Japan as a springboard for future tournaments, in the following years the Glen Club was the proud host of numerous Illinois Section PGA tournaments, Open Illinoisas well as Corn Ferry Tour tournaments.

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