Ricky Barnes Shoots Opening-Round 79 at 132nd British Open

July 17, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's golfer Ricky Barnes shot an eight-over-par 79 in Thursday's opening round of the 132nd British Open at Royal St. George's Golf Course in Sandwich, England.

Barnes, one of just three amateurs in the field of 153, posted a 42-37=79 (+8) total and trails first-round leader Hennie Otto by 11 strokes. Two holes were ultimately responsible for his demise, as he collected a double-bogey six on No. 8 and a triple-bogey seven on No. 9. Otherwise, he tallied two birdies and nine pars over the remaining 16 holes.

Over the last eight holes of his round, Barnes collected five pars and a birdie, including a stretch of four holes, Nos. 11-14, in which he posted three consecutive pars and a birdie. While Barnes' first-round tally isn't out of line for someone making his first career British Open appearance, he certainly isn't alone. Only 12 players in the field (7.8 percent) finished the first round at par or better.

It is the fifth professional tour appearance for Barnes this season. The reigning U.S. Amateur champion also competed in the Chrysler Classic of Tucson (T18th), The Masters (21st), the U.S. Open (T59th), and the Barclays Scottish Open (MC).

Barnes will begin play during tomorrow's second round (July 18) at 8:20 a.m. GMT. He is paired with Nick Price and Justin Rose. Royal St. George's is a par-71, 7,106-yard layout.

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