Lepp Gets Husky Golfers Off to Solid Start at Highlands Collegiate

March 11, 2005

Las Vegas, NV - The 24th-ranked Washington men's golf team is in fifth place after the opening round of play at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Championship. Washington shot 5-over 293 and trails tournament-leading Arizona State by five strokes. South Carolina and UCLA are tied for second at 290 while top-ranked Oklahoma State is one shot ahead of the Huskies.

The tournament is considered the most elite event in collegiate golf this season outside of the NCAA Championships. Each of the 15 teams in the tournament is ranked in Golfweek's top-25 poll, including the top six squads. The tournament is being contested at the par-72, 7,510-yard Southern Highlands Golf Club in Las Vegas.

Washington's quick start was led by junior James Lepp, who shot 1-under 71. He is in seventh place, trailing South Carolina's Mark Anderson and UCLA's Daniel Im by five strokes. Alex Prugh shot even par and is in 10th place while Erik Olson is 19th at 1-over 73. Joe Panzeri carded a 77 to stand 58th and Travis Andrews shot 79 to tie for 67th.

Lepp was 5-under after his first nine holes but double-bogied the two par-three holes on the back nine to drop back to 1-under overall. Prugh also got off to a quick start and was 4-under after his front nine. He collected five bogies and one birdies over his final nine holes.

The second round of the tournament will take place Saturday and the final 18 holes will be played Sunday. Live scoring of the tournament can be found on the Internet at golfstat.com.

Southern Highlands Collegiate Championship
Southern Highlands Country Club
Las Vegas, NV
Par 72, 7,510 yards

Team Results 1. Arizona State    288 2. South Carolina   290 2. UCLA             290 4. Oklahoma State   292 5. Washington       293 6. UNLV             294 7. Georgia          296 7. Florida          296 9. Wake Forest      297 9. Georgia Tech     29711. Auburn           29912. Clemson          30012. TCU              30014. Texas            30215. New Mexico       303

Top Individuals 1. Mark Anderson, South Carolina 66 1. Daniel Im, UCLA 66 3. Matthew Rosenfeld, Texas 69 4. Michael Barbosa, Georgia Tech 70 4. Andres Gonzales, UNLV 70 4. Zack Robinson, Oklahoma State 70 7. James Lepp, Washington 71 7. Stuart Moore, Auburn 71 7. Jesse Mueller, Arizona State 7110. Alejandro Canizares, Arizona State 7210. David Denham, Georgia 7210. CJ Gatto, UNLV 7210. Sam Hunt, UNLV 7210. Niklas Lemke, Arizona State 7210. Doug Manchester, Wake Forest 7210. Alex Prugh, Washington 7210. James Vargas, Florida 7210. Joakim Renstrom, UCLA 0

Husky Results 7. James Lepp 7110. Alex Prugh 7219. Erik Olson 7358. Joe Panzeri 7767. Travis Andrews 79

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