Georgia Goes Wire-to-Wire Lepp Wins Mens Crown

By Sports NetworkJune 4, 2005, 4:00 pm
College CentralEditor's Note: Exclusive coverage of the Men's NCAA Division I Golf Championships will be televised on The Golf Channel beginning June 2 at 3:00 p.m. ET.
NCAAOWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The University of Georgia went wire-to-wire on Saturday to claim the NCAA Men's Golf Championship. James Lepp from the University of Washington claimed the individual title in a playoff at Caves Valley Golf Club.
Georgia won the title on Saturday with an even-par 280. The top four scores for the team counted and all five players for the squad shot even-par 70s. David Denham, Chris Kirk, Brendon Todd, Kevin Kisner and Richard Scott carried the Bulldogs to their second NCAA Championship and first since 1999.
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Georgia coach Chris Haack holds aloft the NCAA National Championship trophy.
Georgia finished at 15-over-par 1135.
Georgia Tech came in second at 26-over-par 1146, while Washington was alone in third at plus-33. Brigham Young University finished fourth at 34-over par and New Mexico came in fifth at plus-38.
Lepp overcame a six-shot deficit to start the final round as Michael Putnam from Pepperdine held the third-round lead. Lepp fired a seven-under 63 in the final round and holed a 20-foot birdie putt at the last hole in regulation to force the playoff.
Both Lepp and Putnam parred the first two playoff holes, but Lepp two-putted from 40 feet at the par-5 18th for birdie and the win.
Putnam shot a final-round, 1-under 69 to join Lepp at 4-under-par 276.
Roberto Castro posted a 1-over 71 and took third place at minus-1. Major Manning of Augusta State carded a 3-over 73 in the final round and took fourth at 1-over-par 281.
Ryan Moore, who won this title last year at UNLV, fired a 4-under 66 and tied for fifth with Rob Grube of Stanford. Grube carded a 2-under 68 and the duo came in at plus-2.
Final Team Scores
1. Georgia 274-284-297-280--1135 +15 
2. Georgia Tech 288-281-295-282--1146 +26
3. Washington 289-285-303-276--1153 +33
4. Brigham Young 285-290-304-275--1154 +34
5. New Mexico 289-300-291-278--1158 +38
6. Southern California 290-282-303-284--1159 +39
7. Kentucky 291-292-294-284--1161 +41
8. UNLV 284-290-302-286--1162 +42
8. Duke 288-286-303-285--1162 +42
10. Augusta St. 286-289-302-287--1164 +44
11. Arizona St. 291-285-301-293--1170 +50
11. Tennessee 279-288-313-290--1170 +50
13. Georgia St. 287-287-305-294--1173 +53
13. Georgia Southern 286-298-299-290--1173 +53
15. Oklahoma St. 292-289-301-296--1178 +58
1. James Lepp, Washington 70-67-76-63--276 -4
1. y-Michael Putnam, Pepperdine 67-67-73-69--276 -4
3. Roberto Castro, Georgia Tech 69-68-71-71--279 -1
4. Major Manning, Augusta St. 65-70-73-73--281 +1
5. Rob Grube, Stanford 71-71-72-68--282 +2
5. Ryan Moore, UNLV 72-73-71-66--282 +2
7. Oscar Alvarez, Brigham Young 67-71-75-70--283 +3
7. John Holmes, Kentucky 70-72-69-72--283 +3
7. Ross McGowan, Tennessee 67-71-75-70--283 +3
7. Aron Price, Georgia Southern 66-73-72-72--283 +3
7. Brendon Todd, Georgia 68-70-75-70--283 +3
7. Taylor Wood, Southern California 72-68-72-71--283 +3
13. Chris Kirk , Georgia 69-71-75-70--285 +5
13. Kevin Kisner, Georgia 65-74-76-70--285 +5
13. Joshua Wooding, Southern California 71-68-73-73--285 +5
16. Ron Harvey, Jr., Brigham Young 72-72-77-65--286 +6
16. Shawn Jasper, Missouri 72-66-75-73--286 +6
16. Richard Scott, Georgia 72-69-75-70--286 +6
19. Alejandro Canizares, Arizona St. 73-71-72-71--287 +7
19. Niklas Lemke, Arizona St. 70-70-76-71--287 +7
21. David Denham, Georgia 72-74-72-70--288 +8
21. Kalle Edberg, Augusta St. 71-74-71-72--288 +8
21. Spencer Levin, New Mexico 72-75-71-70--288 +8
24. y-Gregg LaVoie, Oregon 72-72-72-73--289 +9
24. Sean Moore, Wake Forest 69-75-73-72--289 +9
24. Steve Tiley, Georgia St. 71-72-76-70--289 +9
27. Michael Barbosa, Georgia Tech 71-72-76-71--290 +10
27. Ryan Blaum, Duke 70-73-76-71--290 +10
27. Jay Choi, New Mexico 73-75-73-69--290 +10
27. Ryan Keeney , UNLV 69-75-73-73--290 +10
27. Nathan Lashley, Arizona 71-71-75-73--290 +10
27. Greg Machtaler, Brigham Young 74-71-74-71--290 +10
27. Madalitso Muthiya, New Mexico 75-74-72-69--290 +10
27. Erik Olson, Washington 74-69-75-72--290 +10
27. David Palm, Georgia Southern 70-74-72-74--290 +10
27. Chan Song , Georgia Tech 73-72-74-71--290 +10
27. Nicholas Thompson, Georgia Tech 75-69-77-69--290 +10
27. Emmett Turner, Augusta St. 72-74-75-69--290 +10
39. Alex Noren, Oklahoma St. 70-69-77-75--291 +11
40. Michael Schachner, Duke 70-68-77-77--292 +12
40. Matt Wells, Kentucky 75-75-74-68--292 +12
42. Andres Gonzales, UNLV 70-73-77-73--293 +13
42. Jake Grodzinsky , Duke 74-74-76-69--293 +13
42. Michael Quagliano , Duke 76-71-74-72--293 +13
45. Ty Harris, Georgia St. 72-70-80-72--294 +14
45. Brandon Waldrop, Kentucky 74-71-78-71--294 +14
47. Jake Ellison, Brigham Young 72-76-78-69--295 +15
47. Pablo Martin, Oklahoma St. 72-74-74-75--295 +15
47. Joel Sjoholm, Georgia St. 73-69-77-76--295 +15
50. Bradley Shaw, Southern California 72-72-79-73--296 +16
51. Mark Blakefield, Kentucky 72-77-73-75--297 +17
51. Joe Panzeri, Washington 71-76-76-74--297 +17
51. David Skinns, Tennessee 71-75-81-70--297 +17
54. Zach Bixler, Washington 74-74-81-69--298 +18
54. Ben Hayes, Southern California 75-74-79-70--298 +18
54. Ryan Posey, Oklahoma St. 77-73-74-74--298 +18
54. Charly Simon , Arizona St. 73-73-77-75--298 +18
58. Tyler Leon, Oklahoma St. 76-73-76-74--299 +19
58. Alex Prugh, Washington 76-75-76-72--299 +19
58. Zack Robinson, Oklahoma St. 74-74-78-73--299 +19
61. Bryan Jones, Georgia Southern 78-75-77-70--300 +20
61. Philip Pettitt, Tennessee 69-73-79-79--300 +20
61. Nathan Smith , Duke 74-74-79-73--300 +20
61. Jarred Texter , UNLV 74-70-81-75--300 +20
65. Mark Anderson, New Mexico 73-83-75-70--301 +21
65. Darren Baynes, Georgia St. 73-76-76-76--301 +21
67. Miguel Griego, New Mexico 71-76-77-78--302 +22
67. Kevin Larsen, Georgia Tech 77-74-74-77--302 +22
67. Travis Whisman, UNLV 73-74-81-74--302 +22
70. Pat Moore , Arizona St. 75-73-76-79--303 +23
70. JohnScott Rattan, Tennessee 72-79-78-74--303 +23
72. Tyler Ley, Southern California 75-77-82-70--304 +24
73. Scott Jamieson, Augusta St. 78-71-83-73--305 +25
73. Jon David Kennedy, Georgia Southern 77-76-78-74--305 +25
73. Jesse Mueller , Arizona St. 78-71-80-76--305 +25
73. Ben Spickard, Tennessee 77-69-83-76--305 +25
73. Ben Taylor, Georgia St. 71-79-76-79--305 +25
78. Matt Kohn, Kentucky 76-74-86-73--309 +29
78. Kurt Watkins, Georgia Southern 73-77-83-76--309 +29
80. Nick Becker, Brigham Young 79-77-83-73--312 +32
81. Mike Keast, Augusta St. 79-76-85-74--314 +34

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    Fleetwood flawless en route to Abu Dhabi lead

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 2:06 pm

    New year, same results for Tommy Fleetwood.

    The reigning Race to Dubai champ picked up where he left off in the opening round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, carding a bogey-free 66 during which the Englishman found all 18 greens in regulation. At 6 under, he shares the lead with Japan's Hideto Tanihara and sits one shot clear of five other players.

    "Very stress-free. Played really well from start to finish," Fleetwood said. "Felt like I did what you need to do around this golf course, which is drive it well, hit your irons solid. You can't really be too greedy a lot of the time, and then sort of my pace putting was really good. So basically just did what you need to do to get a good score around this golf course, and I got one."

    Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

    Fleetwood shined in a marquee grouping that included world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, as he birdied three holes on each nine. This is his first worldwide start since a T-3 finish at the Hero World Challenge.

    It was at this event a year ago that Fleetwood sparked a career campaign, edging Johnson and Pablo Larrazabal for the win. He added another win at the French Open in the summer to go along with a pair of runner-up results and a T-4 finish at the U.S. Open, all of which helped him capture the European Tour's season-long title.

    Fleetwood's sudden success in Abu Dhabi serves as a microcosm for his career resurgence. Prior to last year's victory, he had missed the cut in four of his five other trips to this event.

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    Sergio starts season with 66 in Singapore

    By Associated PressJanuary 18, 2018, 12:56 pm

    SINGAPORE – Sergio Garcia opened his season with a 5-under 66 and a share of the clubhouse lead on Thursday in the first round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open.

    Playing his first tournament of the year, the Masters champion rebounded after making an early bogey to collect four birdies and an eagle at the Sentosa Golf Club.

    He was later joined by American qualifier Kurt Kitayama in the clubhouse lead. Still on the course, Tirawat Kaewsiribandit was at 6 under through 16 holes when play was suspended for the day because of the threat of lightning.

    Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion, was at 5 under through 16 holes when he also had to stop his round because of the weather.

    Of the players who did finish their opening rounds, only three were within two strokes of Garcia and Kitayama. One of them was Casey O'Toole, who aced the par-3 second with a 7-iron.

    The 38-year-old Garcia dropped his only shot of the day on the par-4 15th, his sixth hole after teeing off on the back nine, when he missed the fairway and was unable to make par. But he made amends when he birdied the par-3 17th and then eagled the par-5 18th to go out in 33.

    ''I was 1 over after (the) seventh but it didn't feel like I was playing badly,'' said Garcia, who made birdies on each of the two par 5s and one of the par 3s on the second nine. ''But then I hit two greats in a row for holes 17 and 18. I got a birdie-eagle there, so that settled me a little bit and I could play solid in the back nine and it was a great round.''

    Garcia made the shortlist for the Laureus Sports Awards in the Breakthrough of the Year category after claiming his first major at Augusta National last year and is hoping for more success this season.

    He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for his Masters win because he opted to start his 2017 campaign in the stifling humidity of Southeast Asia to prepare himself for the bigger tournaments ahead.

    Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later.

    Kitayama only secured his place in the $1 million event on Monday by finishing at the top of the qualifying competition, but he made a strong start with birdies on three of his first five holes. The 25-year-old Thai was 6 under through 13 holes but spoiled his otherwise flawless round with a bogey on his last.

    ''I started with a birdie and I just let it roll from there. I had some good tee shots, which I think, is the biggest thing for this course,'' Kitayama said. ''I'm a little tired, but I'm hanging in there. Whenever I have time off, I'll try not to think too much about golf.''

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    13-year-old beats DJ in closest-to-the-pin contest

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:26 pm

    Dustin Johnson didn’t just get beat by Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy on Day 1 of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Even a 13-year-old got the best of the world No. 1.

    Oscar Murphy teed off on the 177-yard 15th hole as part of the tournament’s Beat the Pro challenge during the opening round. The Northern Irishman, one of the HSBC’s Future Falcons, carved a 3-wood toward a back-right pin, about 25 feet away, closer than both Johnson and Fleetwood.

    “An unbelievable shot,” Fleetwood said afterward, “and me and Rory both said, ‘We don’t have that in our locker.’”

    Johnson still made par on the hole, but he mixed four birdies with four bogeys Thursday for an even-par 72 that left him six shots back of Fleetwood and Hideto Tanihara after the opening round.

    Johnson, who tied for second here a year ago, is coming off a dominant performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, where he won by eight shots to strengthen his lead atop the world rankings. 

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    McIlroy 'really pleased' with opening 69 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:10 pm

    It was an auspicious 2018 debut for Rory McIlroy.

    Playing alongside world No. 1 Dustin Johnson for his first round since October, McIlroy missed only one green and shot a bogey-free 69 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. McIlroy is three shots back of reigning Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood, who played in the same group as McIlroy and Johnson, and Hideto Tanihara.

    Starting on the back nine at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, McIlroy began with 11 consecutive pars before birdies on Nos. 3, 7 and 8.

    Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

    “I was excited to get going,” he told reporters afterward. “The last couple of months have been really nice in terms of being able to concentrate on things I needed to work on in my game and health-wise. I feel like I’m the most prepared for a season that I’ve ever been, but it was nice to get back out there.”

    Fleetwood, the defending champion, raced out to another lead while McIlroy and Johnson, who shot 72, just tried to keep pace.

    “Tommy played very well and I was just trying to hang onto his coattails for most of the round, so really pleased – bogey-free 69, I can’t really complain,” McIlroy said.

    This was his first competitive round in more than three months, since a tie for 63rd at the Dunhill Links. He is outside the top 10 in the world ranking for the first time since 2014.