Lepp Leads Canada to Lead in Mexico

June 22, 2005

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Led by Washington senior James Lepp, Canada has a six-stroke lead in the combined team competition following Wednesday's opening round of the Copa de las Americas golf tournament at El Tigre Golf and Country Club in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Lepp, the 2005 NCAA Champion, carded a 68, to lead the Canadians, who posted a team-score of 283, six strokes better than second-place Colombia. Teams, made up of representatives (two women and two men) from nations in North, Central and South America, along with the Caribbean, are competing over four rounds with team and individual titles up for grabs.

Canada's other male golfer is Richard Scott, who was a member of Georgia's NCAA Championship squad. The female golfers are Lindsay Knowlton and Laura Matthews.

Lepp, a two-time Canadian Junior champion and the three-time defending B.C. Amateur champion helped Canada to win the inaugural Copa de las Americas in 2003 in Puerto Rico. The Copa de las Americas is a bi-annual event.

The tournament runs through Saturday.

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