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