Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

June 07, 2005 17:02 ET

JAMES LEPP MAKES CANADIAN GOLF HISTORY BY WINNING NCAA D1 TITLE

Richard Scott helps lead University of Georgia to team title Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor OAKVILLE--(CCNMatthews - June 7, 2005) - The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) would like to congratulate National Men's Amateur Team members James Lepp of Abbotsford, B.C. and Richard Scott of Kingsville, Ont. on their performances at the recent NCAA Division I Golf Championship.

Lepp, a junior at the University of Washington rallied from a six-shot final-round deficit by shooting a course record 7-under 63 at the Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mill, Md. to force the playoff with Pepperdine's Michael Putnam. The two-time former Canadian Junior Champion dropped a two-foot putt on the third playoff hole to become the first Canadian ever to win the NCAA Division I individual golf title.

"It hasn't been a very good year for me until now," said Lepp who recorded his best-ever collegiate round. "I haven't had much confidence, but this week, it all came together. What a great way to end the year."

In winning the title, Lepp was named a first-team All-American and helped lead the University of Washington to third place finish in the team championship.

Scott had an equally as impressive showing as he helped lead the University of Georgia to victory in the NCAA Division I team championship. The Bulldogs led wire to wire and finished 11 shots ahead of state-rival Georgia Tech with Scott finishing tied for 16th overall.

"This is what you play for," said Scott, the 2003 Canadian Amateur champion. "This is what this team was put together for. It's great to go out and win other tournaments, but this is the one we all play for."

Lepp and Scott are both graduates of the Future Links Junior Golf Program and are currently members of the RCGA's National Team Program.

Other notable Canadians who competed at the NCAA Division I Championship include Brigham Young teammates Ron Harvey of Picadilly, N.B. and Greg Machtaler of Summerland, B.C. who helped lead BYU to a fourth-place finish. Harvey finished tied for 16th while Machtaler was tied for 27th overall. Michael Keast of Winnipeg finished tied for 81st overall and helped lead Augusta State to a 10th place finish.

"We're extremely proud of James, Richard and all of our Canadians who competed at the NCAA Division I championship," said Doug Roxburgh, RCGA Director of High Performance Programs. "For James to battle back and become the first Canadian ever to win the individual title and Richard to help lead his team to the national team title are just unbelievable accomplishments and I think it speaks volumes about the quality of Canada's top golfers and the potential for our National Team program."

The National Amateur Team program is designed to offer athletes a year-round environment which incorporates state of the art coaching and sport science expertise. The intent of this aggressive program is to aid Canada's top up and coming amateur players in all areas of their development to produce the best golfers in the world.

Individual Results (top 15)
1. James Lepp, Washington* 70-67-76-63-276
1. Michael Putnam, Pepperdine 67-67-73-69-276
3. Roberto Castro, Georgia Tech 69-68-71-71-279
4. Major Manning, Augusta State 65-70-73-73-281
5. Rob Grube, Stanford 71-71-72-68-282
5. Ryan Moore, UNLV 72-73-71-66-282
7. Oscar Alvarez, BYU 67-71-75-70-283
7. John Holmes, Kentucky 70-72-69-72-283
7. Ross McGowan, Tennessee 67-71-75-70-283
7. Aron Price, Georgia Southern 66-73-72-72-283
7. Brendon Todd, Georgia 68-70-75-70-283
7. Taylor Wood, USC 72-68-72-71-283
13. Chris Kirk, Georgia 69-71-75-70-285
13. Kevin Kisner, Georgia 65-74-76-70-285
13. Joshua Wooding, USC 71-67-73-73-285

* Won three-hole play off and individual championship

Team Results (top 15)
1. Georgia 274-284-297-280-1135
2. Georgia Tech 288-281-295-282-1146
3. Washington 289-285-303-276-1153
4. BYU 285-290-304-275-1154
5. New Mexico 289-300-291-278-1158
6. USC 290-282-303-284-1159
7. Kentucky 291-292-294-284-1161
8. UNLV 284-290-302-286-1162
8. Duke 288-286-303-285-1162
10. Augusta State 286-289-302-287-1164
11. Arizona State 291-285-301-293-1170
11. Tennessee 279-288-313-290-1170
13. Georgia State 287-287-305-294-1173
13. Georgia Southern 286-298-299-290-1173
15. Oklahoma State 292-289-301-296-1178

A full listing of team and individual scores from the NCAA Division I Golf Championship can be found on the Internet at www.ncaasports.com.

About the RCGA
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, 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, twelve 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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FOR MORE INFORMATION
Dan Pino
Senior Communications Coordinator
Royal Canadian Golf Association
Phone: 905-849-9700, ext. 406
Email: dpino@rcga.org

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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