Arizona's Barnes Helps United States Win World Amateur Golf Championship
Oct. 27, 2002
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - University of Arizona men's golfer Ricky Barnesshot a two-over-par 74 Sunday in the final round of the World Amateur GolfChampionship to help the United States erase a third round deficit and winthe event by three strokes.
Barnes' final-round 74 combined with D.J. Trahan's 66 (-6) gave Team USA atotal of 140 (-4) for the day and a four-round tally of 568 (-8). TheUnited States trailed France by three strokes heading into Sunday's finalround, bt France carded a two-over 146 and finished second in the 63-teamfield by three strokes with a 571 (-5) total. Australia and thePhilippines tied for third place at 574, while Austria and New Zealand tiedfor fifth at 575. No team in the top-20 scored better than the U.S.'sfour-under final round tally.
A senior from Stockton Calif., Barnes tallied 11 pars and two birdies onthe Saujana Golf & Country Club's Palm Course en route to his 74 to finishin a tie for 16th place individually with a 72-hole total of 293 (+5).Australia's Marcus Fraser carded a 281 (-7) total to win the event by onestroke. Trahan's final-round 66 moved him into a tie for 10th place at 291(+3), while fellow U.S. teammate Hunter Mahan finished sixth at 288 (E).
The United States successfully defended its championship and captured theEisenhower Trophy for the 12th time.
The four-day event is contested over two different courses at Saujana Golf& Country Club. The Palm Course is a par 72, 6,939-yard layout, while theBunga Ray Course is a par 72, 6,742-yard layout. Each nation isrepresented by a three-man team in this 72-hole stroke play event with thetwo lowest scores for each team counting towards its total each day.
Sponsored by the World Amateur Golf Council, which comprises nationalgoverning bodies of golf in more than 90 countries, the World Amateur TeamChampionship is a biennial international amateur golf competition which isrotated among three geographic zones: Australasian, American, andEuropean-African.