Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

August 24, 2005 12:27 ET

JAMES LEPP EARNS MEDALIST HONOURS AT 2005 US AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

Seven Canadians advance to match play Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor ARDMORE--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 24, 2005) - James Lepp of Abbotsford, B.C. had six birdies and shot a 5-under-par 65 at Philadelphia Country Club Tuesday for a 36-hole total of 5-under 135 to take medalist honours for the stroke-play portion of the U.S. Amateur hosted by Merion Golf Club.

Lepp, the reigning Division I NCAA individual champion, now enters the match play portion of the event as the number-one seed.

"It's an honour to win the medal, but what matters most is the match play," said Lepp, who shot 63 for his final round of the NCAAs in June. "This tournament is all about match play. I'm happier that I'm just playing well and I feel confident."

The 20-year old is one of seven Canadians advancing to the round of 64 for match play. The group includes Keven-Fortin Simard of Roberval, Que., Ryan Yip of Calgary, Andrew Parr of London, Ont., Mark Leon of Brampton, Ont., J.C. Deacon of Unionville, Ont., and Ron Harvey Jr. of Picadilly, N.B.

At least two Canadians are assured of advancing to the round of 32 as Fortin-Simard and Yip face off in one match and Parr and Deacon will meet in another opening-round match.

Other Canadians who competed in the event but failed to advance to match play are James Love of Calgary, Richard Lee of Vancouver, Matt Johnston of Winnipeg, Man., Kyler Murphy of Thunder Bay, Ont. and Jason Wellings of Dundas, Ont.

The host Merion Golf Club already holds special ties to Canadian golf as it hosted the 1966 US Amateur won by Canadian Golf Hall of Famer Gary Cowan.

The championship runs through the 36-hole championship final on Sunday, with the winner receiving exemptions into next year's U.S. Open, British Open and Masters Tournament.

A full listing of scores and match play results are available on-line on the official US Amateur website www.usamateur.org or through the Royal Canadian Golf Association website at www.rcga.org.

About the Royal Canadian Golf Association
The Royal Canadian Golf Association is the governing body of golf in Canada, representing close to 400,000 members nationwide. In addition to providing core services such as the Rules of Golf, handicapping, support of turfgrass and environmental research, and BMO Financial Group Future Links, Canada's national junior golf program and supporting the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum, the RCGA also conducts Canada's most prestigious golf championships. The Bell Canadian Open and BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open attract the best professional golfers in the world, while six regional junior championships, 10 national amateur championships and the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour showcase the best of Canadian golf. For more information please visit www.rcga.org.

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Dan Pino
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Royal Canadian Golf Association
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416-434-5525 (cell)
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  • Dan Pino, Senior Communications Coordinator, Royal Canadian Golf Association
    Primary Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 406
    Secondary Phone: 416-434-5525
    Toll-Free: 800-263-0009
    E-mail: dpino@rcga.org