Ricky Barnes and Chris Nallen Earn Golf All-America Honors
June 4, 2001
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's golf team members Ricky Barnes and Chris Nallen were named to the NCAA Division I Ping All-America team, it was announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Barnes, a sophomore from Stockton, Calif., was a second team All-America pick by the GCAA. He led the Wildcats with a 71.05 stroke average and posted seven top-10 finishes in 13 stroke play events this season, including a tie for eighth place at the 2001 NCAA Men's Golf Championships. Barnes won two tournaments in 2000-01, the Savane College All-America Golf Classic in November and the 2001 Pacific-10 Conference Championship in April. The Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year posted a team-leading 24 rounds at par or better this season, including 13 rounds in the 60s. Barnes was the national Freshman of the Year and a second team All-America selection last year.
Nallen, a freshman from Blairstown, N.J., earned third team All-America honors from the GCAA. He ranked second on the team with a 71.81 stroke average and had three top-10 finishes to his credit. Nallen picked up his first career win on April 22 at the U.S. Intercollegiate and closed the 2000-01 campaign with four consecutive top-15 finishes. He was the low-scoring freshman at the 2001 NCAA West Regional and finished at par or better in 17 of 26 rounds this spring, including eight rounds in the 60s. He finished in a tie for 13th place at the 2001 NCAA Men's Golf Championships.
With two All-Americans this season, 24 Arizona golfers have earned a total of 40 All-America accolades since 1967. The Wildcats have had at least one All-American in each season since 1992. It also marks the third time in the last four seasons in which UA has had multiple All-America selections.