Wildcats Conclude NCAA Men's Golf Championships in Ninth Place
June 1, 2002
COLUMBUS, Ohio-Arizona closed action at the 2002 NCAA Men's Golf Championships Saturday tied for ninth place with a tournament total of 14-over-par 1150. The Wildcats posted a final-round 290 to move up two spots in the final standings. Ricky Barnes was Arizona's top finisher for the third consecutive year as he tied for 17th place with a 72-hole score of 1-under-par 283.
Minnesota won the national title after shooting the second-best team round of the tournament Saturday, a 6-under-par 278, to complete the event at 1134 (-2). The Golden Gophers surpassed third-round leader Georgia Tech, who finished in second place at 1138 (+2). Despite his team's stumble to second place, Georgia Tech's Troy Matteson captured the individual national championship as he finished one shot ahead of Adam Rubinson of Texas Christian. Matteson finished at 276 (-8) for the tournament, while Rubinson was at 277 (-7). Arizona tied with Tulsa for ninth, 16 strokes behind Minnesota.
After taking eighth place in 2001 and third place in 2000, Barnes continued his streak of top-20 finishes at the NCAA Championships as he shared 17th place with five other golfers. The 6-foot-1-inch native of Stockton, Calif., shot his third round of the tournament at even par to finish the four-day tournament at 1-under-par 283.
Also finishing in the top 25 for the Wildcats was Chris Nallen, who tied for 23rd place as he carded a final-round 72. The sophomore from Blairstown, N.J., completed the national championship tournament at even par. His performance this week lowered his season scoring average to 71.47, which ranks as the sixth-best mark in UA history.
Reid Hatley closed his third season as a Wildcat with a 51st place finish at the NCAA Championships. Hatley shot 2-over-par 73 Saturday to bring his four-round total to 5-over-par 289. Andy Connell finished play at 12-over-par 296 to tie for 102nd place, an improvement of seven strokes in relation to par and his 19-over-par showing at the 2001 NCAA Championships. Kipp Riehle completed his first campaign with the Wildcats by tying for 124th as he shot 15-over-par 299 this week.
The tournament concludes a season for the Arizona men's golf program in which the squad made its 16th consecutive NCAA Championships appearance, garnered four top-five team finishes, 12 individual top-10 finishes and 13 individual top-20 finishes. By finishing tied for ninth at the 2002 NCAA Championships, Arizona has finished in the top-10 the last three years.
Place Team Scores1. Minnesota 284-289-283-278-1134 (-2)2. Georgia Tech 277-286-290-285-1138 (+2)T3. Texas 291-275-290-286-1142 (+6)T3. Clemson 286-277-298-281-1142 (+6)5. Augusta State 289-283-290-281-1143 (+7)T9. ARIZONA 282-290-288-290-1150 (+14)
Place Name, School Score1. Troy Matteson, Georgia Tech 73-66-70-67-276 (-8)2. Adam Rubinson, TCU 69-67-72-69-277 (-7)3. Hunter Mahan, Oklahoma St. 68-71-67-72-278 (-6)T4. Graeme McDowell, UAB 71-67-67-74-279 (-5)T4. Justin Smith, Minnesota 69-70-71-69-279 (-5)
Place Arizona Golfer ScoreT17. Ricky Barnes 71-71-70-71-283 (-1)T23. Chris Nallen 69-68-75-72-284 (E)T51. Reid Hatley 70-75-71-73-289 (+5)T102. Andy Connell 73-76-73-74-296 (+12)T124. Kipp Riehle 72-76-74-77-299 (+15)