Lepp Ends Summer by Playing with the Pros

Sept. 7, 2005

Seattle - Before he rejoins his Husky teammates for the collegiate fall golf season, Husky senior James Lepp will tee it up with the professionals on the PGA Tour at this week's Bell Canadian Open. The third oldest national championship in the world, the Canadian Open is played at Vancouver's Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club.

Lepp will tee off Thursday at 1:31 p.m. from the 10th hole. He is paired with Craig Bowden and Justin Bolli. The trio will start their second round Friday at 8:41 a.m.

The reigning NCAA Champion, Lepp was named the Royal Order of Merit as Canada's top amateur golfer for 2003 and 2004 by the Royal Canadian Golf Association. He won the British Columbia Amateur Championship three years (2002-2004) in a row and played for Team Canada last year at the World Amateur Championships.

This year's Canadian Open will be broadcast by ESPN. Live results are available at PGATour.com.

Defending champion Vijay Singh headlines the field that includes Canadian professional Mike Weir, who lost to Singh in a three-hole playoff last year. Weir was the 2003 Masters champion. Other notables include 2004 Masters runner-up Chris DiMarco, 2004 Players Championship winner Fred Funk, Stuart Appleby and 2001 Bell Canadian Open champion Scott Verplank.

Adding to the international flair of this year's field will be Justin Rose of England, Shigeki Maruyama of Japan, Rory Sabbatini of South Africa and Jesper Parnevik of Sweden, as well as Americans Mark Calcavecchia, Hank Kuehne, Rich Beem, Chris Riley, Mark O'Meara, Craig Stadler and Jason Gore.

Established in 1904, the Canadian Open is the second oldest stop on the PGA Tour. The purse for this year's event is $4.9 million.

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