Ricky Barnes Off to Fast Start at Barclays Scottish Open

July 10, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's golfer Ricky Barnes carded a one-under-par 70 Thursday and is tied for 21st place after the first round of play at the Barcalys Scottish Open.

Barnes, one of just three amateurs in the field of 155, posted a 35-35=70 (-1) total at Loch Lomond, Scotland. Barnes' round included four birdies and 11 pars.

Barnes is six strokes off the pace set by current leader Ernie Els, who shot a seven-under 64. Weather problems delayed the completion of the first round until Friday morning. Loch Lomond is a par-71, 7,095-yard layout.

The co-winner of the 2003 Ben Hogan award, Barnes was the low amateur at the 2003 Masters with a four-round total of 291 (+3). It was the lowest total by an amateur at the prestigious event since 1998. He was named Pacific-10 Conference 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 18th place on March 2 at the Chrysler Classic of Tucson with a four-round total of 69-70-68-70=277 (-11).

He earned GCAA PING All-America honors for the fourth consecutive season in 2002-03. He finished the year with a team-leading 71.66 stroke average in 12 collegiate scoring events and posted nine top-10 finishes. Barnes was Arizona's top finisher in eight events this season, including the Pac-10 Championships (T4th), the NCAA West Regional (3rd) and the NCAA Championships (T6th). In fact, he became the first golfer in Arizona history to 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 or better, including 10 rounds in the 60s.

Following play in the Barclays Scottish Open, Barnes will compete in the 132nd British Open, July 17-20 in Sandwich, England.

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