Husky Golfers Win PNGA Awards

Nov. 23, 2003

Seattle - Washington men's golfers Brock Mackenzie and James Lepp along with Husky women's golfer Amy Wang have been named the Pacific Northwest Golf Association's players of the year. Lepp and Mackenzie share the men's award while Wang was named the recipient of the women's award.

The awards are presented annually by the PNGA to recognize outstanding regional amateur golfers. The Player of the Year candidates are nominated by the various state and provincial golf associations that comprise the PNGA (Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington), and are selected by a vote of the PNGA Championship Committee and members of the Northwest Golf Media Association. Awards are given in six different categories: Men's, Women's, Senior Men's, Senior Women's, Junior Boys', and Junior Girls'. The awards will be officially presented at the PNGA's annual meeting next spring.

Mackenzie, a senior at Washington, was a member of the United States' Walker Cup team last summer. He won all three of his matches against competitors from Great Britain and Ireland. He placed fifth at the 2003 NCAA Championship and was a first-team All-American. He had top-15 finishes at the Sahalee Players Championship, the Northeast Amateur Invitational, the Scratch Players Championship and the Pacific Cast Amateur.

Lepp, who is redshirting the current season after transferring from Illinois, is a member of the Ledgeview Golf Club in British Columbia. This summer he won the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship, the British Columbia Amateur title and the Greater Vancouver Classic championship that is part of the Canadian Professional Golf Tour. Lepp reached the semifinals of the Canadian Amateur and received the Canadian Order of Merit award. At Illinois, Lepp was the Big 10 player of the year and was a second-team All-American.

Wang, who is in her freshman season at Washington, won the PNGA Amateur title and the Washington State Golf Association Amateur championship. She was a contestant at the U.S. Amateur and was first on the WSGA Women's Performance Points List.

Also honored by the PNGA was former Husky standout Bruce Richards. He received the association's Senior Men's Player of the Year Award. Richards won the USGA Senior Men's Amateur qualifying tournament and reached the quarterfinals of the national tournament. He was the runner-up at the U.S. National Senior Open and had a top-10 finish at the U.S. Senior Masters event.

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