Men's Golf

James Lepp
James Lepp


Abbotsford, B.C., Canada

High School:



2002-03: Ping Second-Team All-American ??Big Ten Player of the Year ? First-team All-Big Ten selection ? Named to five-player Big Ten All-Championship Team after tying for runner-up at 7-under par ? Les Bolstad Award winner for having lowest stroke average in the Big Ten ? Finished the season ranked 21st in the nation by Golfweek/Sagarin ratings ??Led team with a 71.41 stroke average, setting a single-season stroke average record at Illinois (breaking previous record of 71.5 set by Steve Stricker in 1988-89) ? Claimed medalist honors at three tournaments, winning titles at the Northern Intercollegiate, Conrad Rehling Invite and Bruce Fossum/TaylorMade Invite ??Recorded nine Top-10 finishes in 11 tournaments ? Eight of his nine Top 10s were Top-Five finishes ??20 of his 34 rounds were below or even par with 14 rounds in the 60s ? Career-best round of 65 came in the first round of the Northern Intercollegiate ??Shot a school-record 54-hole score of 202 in winning the Northern Intercollegiate ??Illinois? top finisher in six tournaments ? Missed Illinois? season-opening tournament (the Badger Invitational) after being given an exemption by the Royal Canadian Golf Association to participate in his first PGA Tour event, the 2002 Bell Canadian Open ? Missed Illinois? final tournament of the fall, the Duke Golf Classic, to compete for Team Canada at the 2002 World Amateur Golf Team Championships in Malaysia ??One of 24 collegiate golfers, and one of just three underclassmen, selected to play in the 28th annual Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic, Nov. 24-26.

2001-02: Honorable Mention All-American ? Tied for 13th at the NCAA Championships, finishing 2-under par (282) ? All-Big Ten Selection ? Unanimously selected as Big Ten Freshman of the Year ? Named to 5-player Big Ten All-Championship Team after placing third at the Big Ten Championships, finishing 5-under par (283) ? Named the Illinois Male Athlete Co-Newcomer of the Year ? Led Illinois in scoring average with a 72.08 on the season, ranking as the third-lowest single-season stroke average in school history and the lowest by a freshman in school history ? Co-medalist of The Tillinghast (with teammate Geoff Lound), finishing 2-under par to claim the first individual title of his collegiate career ? Recorded six Top 10 finishes and finished in the Top 25 in 12 of 13 tournaments on the season ? Illinois? top finisher in seven tournaments ? Shot a season-low round of 68 twice, during the final round of The Tillinghast and the final round of the NCAA Championships ? Carded 14 rounds under par and five even-par rounds in 39 rounds of golf during the season ? Earned first Varsity ?I? award ? Following his freshman season at Illinois, Lepp won the Canadian Junior Amateur for the second year in a row ? Also won the British Columbia Amateur and British Columbia Junior Amateur ? Competed in the Canadian Amateur Championship.

High School: Won the 2001 Canadian Junior Amateur by nine strokes, carding a score of 268, 12-under par ? No. 1 ranked junior player in British Columbia ? Member of the Willingdon Cup Team for British Columbia ? Team member of the British Columbia 4 Junior America?s Cup.

Personal: Born Nov. 19, 1983?Son of Dan and Jacqui Lepp ? Majoring in meteorology ? Has three sisters, Angela, Jessica and Courtney ? Lists hockey as favorite sport other than golf ? Biggest thrill in sports was playing in the 2002 Bell Canadian Open.

Lepp?s Career Statistics

Year       Rounds    Strokes    Average    Low 18          Low 54
2001-02      39       2,811      72.08      68 (twice)      210
2002-03      34       2,428      71.41      65              202
Total        73       5,239      71.77      65              202