Arizona Wildcat Ricky Barnes

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Ricky BarnesCourtesy of GoWildcats.com
 

Class:
Senior
Hometown:
Stockton, Calif.
Height / Weight:
6-1 / 200
Birthdate:
02/06/1981
 
College CentralUniversity of Arizona men's golfer Ricky Barnes made his initial 2003 PGA Tour appearance a good one as he finished tied for 18th place Sunday at the Chrysler Classic of Tucson.
 
Barnes, a 6-foot-1 senior from Stockton, Calif., shot an 11-under-par 277 to finish in a tie for 18th place. He posted rounds of 69, 70, 68 and 70 to finish eight strokes behind tournament winner Frank Lickliter II. Through four rounds of play, Barnes' round-by-round tally was never out of the top 23 places.
 
For Barnes, the reigning U.S. Amateur champion, it marked the first time he has made the cut in three career PGA Tour appearances. He had competed in the 2000 and 2002 United States Open Championships as well.
 
Barnes' solid play over the weekend at Tucson National Golf Course has been on display all season in the college ranks. He has four top-10 finishes this season, including three third-place efforts. Through seven events in 2002-03, the three-time All-American has a 71.67 stroke average with a low round of 66.
 

Junior Season: Placed his name along side the all-time greats of the game by winning the 102nd U.S. Amateur Championship with a 2 and 1 win over Hunter Mahan (McKinney, Texas) on Aug. 25 that was clinched on the 35th hole at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. ... Showed a remarkable display of power off the tee and a sharp short game throughout the week ... An Honorable Mention All-America selection by the GCAA ... Ranks second on the team with a 72.13 stroke average ... The Golf World magazine preseason Player of the Year ... Has five career wins, tied for third all-time at Arizona ... Has 17 career top-10 finishes and 33 career rounds in the 60s ... Finished tied for 94th place at the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black with a 78-75=153 (+13) total ... Qualified to play in the 2002 U.S. Open with a runner-up finish (70-67=137/-7) at the sectional qualifier in Daly City, Calif. ... UAs top finisher five times this spring ... Struggled with the putter all season ... Entered the 2001-02 season with the lowest career stroke average in school history (71.05) ... Five rounds in the 60s this season ... Arizonas top finisher at the 2002 NCAA Championships with a 71-71-70-71=283 (-1) to finish tied for 17th place ... Co-Individual Medalist at the NCAA West Regional in Albuquerque, N.M. with a 70-67-73=210 (-6) to become the fourth UA player to win a regional crown ... A second team all-Pacific-10 Conference selection ... Showed signs of breaking out of his slump with three sub-par rounds at the ASU Thunderbird and a top-10 finish at the Pac-10 Championships ... The only UA golfer to finish under par at the Pac-10 Championships, Barnes finished sixth with a 70-73-71-73=287 (-1) ... Shot 70-69-70=209 (-7) to card his lowest tournament total this year and his fifth top-20 finish at the ASU Thunderbird/Savane Invitational ... Posted his fourth top-20 finish of the season, April 5-7, at the PING-U.S. Collegiate Championships with a 221 (+5) total ... Collected a top-20 finish at the Las Vegas Collegiate, posting 75-73-70=218 (+2) ... Tied for 52nd place (his worst collegiate finish) with a 225 total (+9) at the John Burns Intercollegiate ... Posted his best finish of the year with a fourth-place effort at the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate Feb. 4-5, where he carded a 71-67-69=207 (-6) ... Shot 71-72-75=218 (+5) to finish 23rd at the Savane College All-America Golf Classic in El Paso ... Posted his worst round of the year (79) in the final 18 to finish tied for 28th at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate after shooting 72-70-79=221 (+8) ... Was three-under par over the last two rounds to finish tied for 35th at the Taylor Made Red River Classic at 216 (E) ... Finished tied for 29th place at The Preview by Ping and Golfweek with an eight-over-par 221 total ... Finished tied for 10th place at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate with a 73-75-69=217 (+1).