Ricky Barnes Helps United States to Runner-Up Finish at Copa de Las Americas
July 1, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's golfer Ricky Barnes helped theUnited States to a runner-up finish Saturday (June 28) at the inaugural Copade Las Americas at the Hyatt Dorado Beach Resort and Country Club in Dorado,Puerto Rico.
Along with teammate Ryan Moore, Barnes helped the U.S. to a four-round totalof 595 (+23) to finish in second place. Canada won the 19-team event by 11strokes with a 584 (+12) total. Barnes' 74-78-77-72=301 (+15) total placedhim sixth individually in the field of 38.
Barnes, the 2003 co-winner of the Ben Hogan Award, was selected to representthe U.S. after winning the 2002 United States Amateur championship. Two-manteams from the 19 participating countries participated in 72 holes of strokeplay competition to determine the winner of this first-time event.
A senior from Stockton, Calif., Barnes participation in the Copa de LasAmericas was yet another appearance in a marquee event since winning theAmateur championship last August. He was also the low amateur at the 2003Masters with a four-round total of 291 (+3). It was the lowest total by anamateur at the prestigious event since 1998. He was named Pacific-10Conference Golfer of the Year for the second time in is career on May 1.Barnes also posted a top 20 finish on the PGA Tour, as he tied for 18thplace on March 2 at the Chrysler Classic of Tucson with a four-round totalof 69-70-68-70=277 (-11).
He earned GCAA PING All-America honors for the fourth consecutive season in2002-03. He finished the year with a team-leading 71.66 stroke average in 12collegiate scoring events and posted nine top-10 finishes. Barnes wasArizona's top finisher in eight events this season, including the Pac-10Championships (T4th), the NCAA West Regional (3rd) and the NCAAChampionships (T6th). In fact, he became the first golfer in Arizona historyto register four consecutive top-20 finishes at the NCAA Championships.Twenty-three of his 38 rounds this year (60.5 percent) have been at par orbetter, including 10 rounds in the 60s.
Barnes has two international events remaining on the horizon. He willparticipate in the Barclays Scottish Open, July 10-13 at Loch Lomond,Scotland, and the British Open, July 17-20 in Sandwich, England.