Lepp Needs Extra Hold to Advance at U.S. Amateur

Aug. 24, 2005

Ardmore, PA - Washington senior James Lepp (Abbotsford, British Columbia) needed a comeback effort and then an extra hole of play to win his opening round match play contest at the U.S. Amateur Championship being contest at historic Meron Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.

Lepp defeated Kyle Reifers, a junior at Wake Forest who was a member of this year's Walker Cup team, on the 19th hole when he dropped in a two-foot birdie putt. Reifers approach shot left him with a putt just off the green that he missed by two feet.

Down two after10 holes of play, Lepp won the 12th hole to cut the margin to 1-down. He then won 14 and 15 to go 1-up with three holes to play. Reifers squared the match with a win at 16 and took the lead back by capturing the 17th hole. Lepp managed a birdie on No. 18 to force the extra hole of play.

Lepp will face Dane Burkhart Thursday's at 7:15 a.m. EDT. Burkhart advanced after upsetting Kentucky's John Holmes. Like Lepp, Burkhard is a NCAA champion. He won the Division II crown while playing for South Carolina-Aiken this year.

Thursday will include two rounds of match play competition to cut the field down to just eight players. The tournament runs through Sunday.

The Golf Channel and NBC Sports will televise the match play portion of the tournament.

The Golf Channel
Third Round Matches - Thurs. (Aug. 25), 4-6 p.m. (EDT)
Quarterfinal Matches - Fri. (Aug. 26), 3-5 p.m. (EDT)

NBC Sports
Semifinal Matches - Sat. (Aug. 27), 4-6 p.m. (EDT)
Championship Match - Sun. (Aug. 28), 4-6 p.m. (EDT)