Lepp Wins NCAA Golf Title
June 4, 2005
Owings Mills, MD -- Washington junior James Lepp turned in the performanceof a lifetime to come from six strokes back to win the 2005 NCAA Division IMen's Golf Championship. Lepp shot 7-under 63 during the final round andthen beat Pepperdine's Michael Putnam (Tacoma) in a three-hole playoff tobecome UW's first national champion in the sport. The Huskies finished thechampionship third, the best performance in team history. Georgia won thenational title while Georgia Tech was second.
Lepp completed the 72-hole event at 4-under 276. He had rounds of 70, 67, 76and 63 on the Caves Valley Golf Club course in Owings Mills, Md. Putnam shot69 during Saturday's final round.
After both players recorded par on the first and second playoff holes,Putnam three-putted on the third extra hole while Lepp managed par.
Washington's finish marked the second year in a row the Huskies placed inthe top-10 at the NCAA's. Last year's squad was sixth.
The Huskies shot 4-under 276 during the final round to complete thetournament at 33-over 1153. Georgia won by 11 strokes at 1135 while GeorgiaTech finished at 1146.
Following the tournament Lepp was named a first-team All-American andreceived the Arnold Palmer Award as the collegiate champion.
A update to this recap will be posted later tonight complete with quotes andphoto galleries.