Auburn Golfer to Play in U..S. Vs. Japan Event

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn junior <b>Danielle Downey</b> has been selected to play in the 2002 U.S. vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship.

Downey, who was recently selected as first alternate for the United States Curtis Cup team, earned second-team All-America honors this past year with a 73.51 stroke average, third on the Tigers' all-time single-season list. The Spencerport, N.Y., native tied for second in the NCAA Championship at four-under-par 284.

"I am very excited about being selected to represent the United States," Downey said. "It is a great honor and I am going to cherish it. I was fortunate to play against some of the Japanese teams when Auburn played in the Topy Cup in Japan last September and in the US-Japan matches two years ago. It is going to be a great competition." Auburn won the Topy Cup event.

The U.S. vs. Japanese Collegiate Golf Championship will be played July 17-19 at The Glen Club in Glensview, Ill.

Danielle Downey

The other 11 members of the U.S. team, including three women, are Oklahoma State's Christi Cano, Washington's Kelli Kamimura, South Carolina's Kristy McPherson, North Carolina's Dustin Bray, West Florida's Bryan Clarke, Savannah College's Clint Colbert, Clemson's Gregg Jones, Washington's Brock Mackenzie, Georgia Tech's Kris Mikkelson, Arizona's Chris Nallen and Vanderbilt's Brandt Snedeker.

Danielle Downey is shown at the 2002 NCAA Championship, where Auburn finished second.

"This will be another excellent opportunity for Danielle to gain more international experience," Auburn coach Kim Evans< said. "It is an outstanding honor, and she will represent the United States and Auburn University well."

It is Downey's second appearance in the U.S.-Japan matches as she competed in the 2000 event in Rancho Murietta, Calif. Two other Tiger golfers have participated in the matches, including Missy Tuck in 1990 and Robin Cook, the individual champion, in 1998. Other players representing the U.S. have been Curtis Strange, Brad Faxon, Juli Inkster, Davis Love III, Steve Stricker, David Toms, Bob Tway, Scott Verplank and LPGA rookie sensation Natalie Gulbis.

The United States holds a 19-6 advantage in the event, which is coordinated annually by the Japan Student Golf Association. The 2002 matches will be the fifth time a United States course has been the site for the competition.

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