Oct. 4, 2005
Glenview, IL - Washington senior James Lepp placed second at the second annual Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge to help the Huskies to a fifth-place showing. Lepp shot 6-under 210 during the 54-hole tournament, posting scores of 70, 69 and 71.
Behind Lepp's play, the Huskies shot 1-under 287 during the final round to move up three spots on the final leaderboard. Lepp has five birdies and four bogies during his final round. Washington was sixth at last year's inaugural tournament when Alex Prugh posted a runner-up finish in stroke play.
Husky junior Erik Olson had Washington's best final round score, shooting 3-under 69. Olson started the tournament with a 4-under 68 and then dropped back in the standings when he carded a 10-over 82 during Monday's second round. Olson finished 18th at 3-over 219. Prugh shot even-par 72 Tuesday to place 30th at 222 while Zach Bixler was 46th at 226 and Joe Panzeri was 60th at 233.
Northwestern's David Merkow, who carded a 4-under 68 for the third round and a career-best 7-under 209 for the tournament, edged Lepp, the 2005 NCAA champion, by a single stroke for medalist honors. Minnesota's Antti Ahokas and Arizona State's Niklas Lemke finished two strokes back.
Merkow helped Northwestern to a three-shot victory over Big Ten rival Minnesota. Arizona State was third at 865 and UCLA was fourth at 868.
Lepp's performance was his second straight top-10 finish and the ninth of his career. Last week he placed ninth at the PING/Golfweek Fall Preview. He is now tied for seventh on UW's all-time list for career top-10 finishes. Former All-American Brock Mackenzie tops that chart with 32.
In the conference challenge, the Big Ten Conference defeated the Pac-10, and evened the series at 1-1. Each conference counted its six low scores for each round.
Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge
The Glen Club
Par-72, 7,149 yards
Team Results 1. Northwestern 286-289-285-860 2. Minnesota 294-227-287-863 3. Arizona State 288-285-292-865 4. UCLA 293-270-292-868 5. Washington 289-286-287-874 6. Ohio State 287-224-296-877 7. Arizona 296-221-292-878 7. Michigan State 290-298-290-878 9. Purdue 298-284-300-882 10. Illinois 290-290-294-885 11. Indiana 293-294-299-886 12. Southern California 293-297-309-899 13. Oregon 305-304-296-905 14. California 298-310-312-920
Individual Leaders 1. David Merkow, Northwestern 71-70-68-209 2. James Lepp, Washington 70-69-71-210 3. Antti Ahokas, Minnesota 71?70-70-211 3. Niklas Lemke, Arizona State 73-66-72-211 5. Alejandro Canizares, Arizona State 70-71-72-213 5. Chris Wilson, Northwestern 72-70-71-213 7. Colin Biles, Ohio State 69?75-70-214 7. Taylor Wood, Southern California 73-69-72-214 9. Trey Denton, Arizona 73?69-73-215 9. Erik Flores, UCLA 70-72-73-215 9. Daniel Im, UCLA 71?70-74-215 9. Pariya Junhasavasdikul, Purdue 72-71-72-215