Lepp Helps Canada to Copa de las Americas Title

June 26, 2005

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Washington senior James Lepp helped Canada successfully defend the overall title at the 2005 Copa de las Americas in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Team Canada posted a combined four-day-total of 1156, two strokes ahead of second place Mexico in the overall team championship (men and women). Colombia finished in third with a four-day-total of 1163, seven shots off Canada's lead. Team U.S.A finished fifth after a second place showing in 2003. The overall team championship is decided on the basis of aggregate scoring of each country's four representatives over 72 holes.

Lepp of Abbotsford, B.C. and Richard Scott of Kingsville, Ont. came out on top with a combined four-day team-total of 559, holding on for the win in the men's division two-strokes ahead of Mexico. Scott shot 68-69-72-68 for a four day total of 277 to take the individual men's competition. Lepp, the reigning NCAA Champion, finished five shots off the lead in fourth position with a tournament-total 282.

The second bi-annual Copa de las Americas was held in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico from June 22-25 at the El Tigre Golf and Country Club. Teams made up of representatives (two women and two men) from nations in North, Central and South America, along with the Caribbean competed over four rounds with team and individual titles up for grabs.

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