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Flores chosen for international play

For the second-consecutive summer, Erik Flores will travel to Japan to represent the United States in a golf challenge.

Last week, the current UCLA freshman and former Nevada Union standout, was one of 12 golfers selected to make up the USA team that will compete in the 2006 Fuji Xerox USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

The 31st annual event will be held July 13-15 at Sun Hills Country Club in Japan’s Tochigi prefecture.



The United States leads the all-time series 23-7 and has won 10 straight competitions.

“I like Japan,” Flores said. “Last year, I guess I didn’t really know what to expect. But I’m looking forward to it more this year. The structure of the country there is pretty cool to see.”




The team is made up of eight men and four women. Flores is the only freshman man on the squad, with three of the four women just finishing their freshmen years as well. Fellow UCLA players Tiffany Joh and Jane Park have also been named to the team.

Last summer, Flores competed as part of the 2005 USA Junior World Cup Championship Team, a squad comprised of the nation’s top four graduating high school seniors. At the end of the week, he shot a 4-under-par 68 to claim the individual title and lead Team USA to a 12-stroke victory against second-place Colombia.

During his time in Japan, he also set two course records at Chukyo Golf Club and Ishino Course in Toyota City.

Flores will be giving up playing in his favorite tournament from last summer – the Players Amateur at Belfair Golf Club in Bluffton, S.C. – but says it’s definitely worth it to represent his country.

Two years ago, Flores’ current mens golf coach at UCLA coached the team in Japan.

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To contact sports writer Stacy Hicklin, e-mail stacyh@theunion.com or call 477-4244.


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