USA Falls to Second Place After Three Rounds at the World Amateur Golf Championship

Oct. 26, 2002

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - University of Arizona men's golfer Ricky Barnes shot a one-over-par 73 Saturday in the third round of the World Amateur Golf Championship, but it wasn't enough to keep the United States in the overall lead.

Barnes' third-round 73 was not counted today by Team USA, as Hunter Mahan and D.J. Trahan both shot one-under 71s to give Team USA a total of 142 (-2) for the day and a three-round tally of 428 (-4). France leads the 63-team field by three strokes with a 425 (-7) total. The United States stands second, four strokes ahead of Australia (432), while Austria and the Philippines are tied for fourth at 434. Thirteen of the top-20 teams registered a score at par or better in the third round.

A senior from Stockton Calif., Barnes tallied 13 pars, three bogeys and two birdies on the Saujana Golf & Country Club's Bunga Raya Course en route to his 73, but managed to move up six places on the leaderboard. He enters Sunday's final round in a tie for 11th place individually, with a three-round total of 219 (+3). France's Gregory Bourdy carded a 210 (-6) total to lead a group of three players tied for second place at 211 (-5) by one stroke, which includes the USA's Mahan. Trahan's third-round 71 moved him into a tie for 53rd place at 225 (+9).

Competition for the Eisenhower Trophy concludes 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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