Lepp Finishes Third at Ashworth Invitational

March 1, 2005

Westlake Village, CA - Washington junior golfer James Lepp posted his second straight top-three finish with a third-place showing at USC's Ashworth Invitational. Lepp carded a final round score of even-par 71 to complete the 54-hole circuit at 3-under 210. He was seven strokes behind medalist Aron Price of Georgia Southern and two shots behind Tennessee's Ross McGowan.

Lepp carded rounds of 71, 68 and 71 on the par-71 North Ranch Country Club course in Westlake Village, Calif. After struggling in the fall, Lepp has now recorded three straight top-10 finishes. He was a second-team All-American at Illinois in 2003 before transferring to Washington and sitting out the 2004 campaign.

Thanks to Lepp's play, the Huskies moved up two positions on the leaderboard during the final round to complete the tournament in sixth place at 26-over 878. Tennessee took top honors at 852, two strokes better than BYU. The Cougars carded the final round's best score, a 1-under 283 while the Huskies shot 284.

Washington's Erik Olson placed 33rd at 8-over 221 while Alex Prugh was 37th at 223. Joe Panzeri placed 43rd at 244 while Zach Bixler was 75th at 237.

The Huskies swing back into action March 11-13 at the Las Vegas Founders tournament scheduled for Southern Highlands Golf Club. Washington was fifth at the event last year.

Complete results of the tournament are available at golfstat.com

Ashworth Invitational
North Ranch Country Club
Westlake Village, CA
Par 71, 6742 yards

Team Results 1.  Tennessee              284-279-289-852 2.  Brigham Young          291-280-283-854 3.  Southern California    287-280-294-861 4.  Georgia Southern       286-285-294-865 5.  California             296-290-284-870 6.  Washington             293-301-284-878 7.  Stanford               299-285-296-880 8.  Pepperdine             305-287-291-883 9.  UC Riverside           297-299-289-88510.  Fresno State           298-302-288-88811.  Vanderbilt             301-293-298-89211.  Oregon State           295-300-297-89213.  UC-Irvine              305-297-292-89414.  Washington State       314-299-299-91215.  Oregon                 303-313-305-921

Washington Results 3 James Lepp 71-68-71-21033 Erik Olson 74-76-71-22137 Alex Prugh 77-76-70-22343 Joe Panzeri 71-81-72-22475 Zach Bixler 77-82-78-237

Individual Leaders 1. Aron Price, Georgia Southern 69-64-70-203 2. Ross McGowan, Tennessee 69-67-72-208 3. James Lepp, Washington 71-68-71-210 4. Ron Harvey, Jr., BYU 72-70-69-211 5. Michael Putnam, Pepperdine 74-68-70-212 6. Lloyd Campbell, Tennessee 72-71-70-213 6. Brandon Hillpot, UC Riverside 71-75-67-213 6. Greg Machtaler, BYU 73-69-71-213 6. Brendan Steele, UC Riverside 67-77-69-21310. Ben Hayes, Southern California 76-66-72-21410. Jeff Hood, California 72-73-69-214

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