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Americans take lead in event with Japan

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NUMATA, Japan — The United States took a 23-13 lead after two rounds Wednesday in the annual U.S.-Japan Collegiate Golf Championship.

The United States was 6-1-1 in the men's singles matches and 2-2 in the women's singles matches. Each match victory is worth two points and a tie is worth one.

The teams tied 6-6 in doubles matches on the opening day of play Tuesday.

The United States leads Japan 18-7 in the 54-hole event, which began in 1975.

Greensboro's Kevin O'Connell shot the day's best round of 6-under-par 66 to beat Kaneyori Aramoto of Toyama Kokusai University, who had a 78.

In the other singles matches: Alan Morgan (LSU) defeated Takuya Taniguchi (Tohoku Fukushi) 71-72; Ricky Barners (Arizona) beat Naomi Ohta (Nippon Sports Science) 73-74; Hunter Mahan (Southern California) downed Taichiro Kiyota (Nippon Sports Science) 71-72; and Bryant Odom (Georgia) defeated Riki Ikeda (Nihon) 71-72.

In the women's competition, Tulsa's Stacy Pramannsudh defeated Senshu's Kaori Kawanaka 81-85 and Natalie Gulbis (Arizona) downed Mika Saitoh (Tohoku Fukushi) 73-78.