United States Retains Overall Lead at World Amateur Golf Championship

Oct. 25, 2002

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - University of Arizona men's golfer Ricky Barnes shot a five-over-par 77 Friday in the second round of the World Amateur Golf Championship, but the United States managed to retain a share of the overall lead.

Barnes' five-over 77 combined with teammate Hunter Mahan's even-par 72 gave Team USA a two-round total of 286 (-2) and a share of the overall lead with France. Argentina (289) is in third place, while Austria and England are tied for fourth place at 290. Scoring proved more difficult on Friday, as only one team in the field of 63 nations had two golfers finish under par in the second round.

A senior from Stockton Calif., Barnes tallied five birdies on the Saujana Golf & Country Club's Bunga Raya Course en route to his 77, but was hampered by quadruple bogeys at No. 7 and 16. Barnes slipped into a tie for 17th place individually, with a two-round total of 146 (+2). France's Gregory Bourdy's 139 (-5) total leads USA's Hunter Mahan (140) by one stroke heading into the third round. Team USA's third player, D.J. Trahan carded a second-round 78 (+6) and currently is tied for 81st place at 154 (+10).

Competition for the Eisenhower Trophy continues through Sunday, Oct. 24. Each nation is represented by a three-man team in this 72-hole stroke play event with the two lowest scores for each team counting towards its total each day.

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 the Bunga Ray Course is a par 72, 6,742-yard layout.

Sponsored by the World Amateur Golf Council, which comprises national governing bodies of golf in more than 90 countries, the World Amateur Team Championship is a biennial international amateur golf competition which is rotated among three geographic zones: Australasian, American, and European-African.

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