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Men's Golfers Play in Pac-10 Championships
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 19, 2000
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Pac-10 Championship Time: The 10th ranked University of Arizona men's golf team will take part in the 2000 Pac-10 Men's Golf Championships, April 24-26, in Tempe, Ariz. at Arizona State University's Karsten Golf Course (Par-72, 7,026 yards). The 10 teams will play 36 holes on Monday, April 24, followed by 18 holes on Tuesday, April 25, and Wednesday, April 26. Play begins each day at 7:30 a.m. MST. A practice round will be on Sunday, April 23. The Wildcats will be looking to win the program's third Pac-10 Conference crown the titles came in 1991 and 1987. The host school, Arizona State, has won the past five Pac-10 championships, which is a conference record.

Format & Pairings: It's a 72-hole tournament... Each team will consist of six players, with the top-five players in each round counting towards the team score... Tee times for the first 18 holes on Monday begin at 7:30 a.m. and continue until 9:46 a.m... The second wave of tee times for the next 18 holes begin at 12:30 p.m. and the final tee time is set for 2:46 p.m... Teams will compete in pairs, with the following teams matched on Monday for the first 36 holes: Arizona/California, Oregon/Arizona State, Oregon State/Washington, Stanford/UCLA, USC/Washington State.

Arizona's Lineup: The Wildcats will bring the following golfers to the Pac-10 Championships... The top-five golfers are set, but the sixth is still in doubt, as Brandon Smith is sick and his status is unknown at this time.

                Yr.     99-00 Avg.    Top-10/Top-20 Fin. (Tourn's)
Ricky Barnes    Fr.         71.56      4/2 (11)
Derek Gillespie Sr.         71.93      5/2 (11)
Cody Beyer      So.         73.23      1/4 (10)
Reid Hatley     Fr.         74.81      0/1 (9)
Scott Moore     Sr.         73.77      2/2 (9)
Patrick Norris  Fr.         74.76      1/0 (7)
Brandon Smith   So.         74.53      0/1 (6)
The UA's Last Action: Finishing with the best round of the tournament, the University of Arizona men's golf team placed second at the ASU Thunderbird/Savane Invitational, which was held at the ASU's Karsten Golf Course (Par-72, 7,027 yards), April 15-16. The Wildcats' final round total of 10-under-par 278 moved them from fourth to second, where they finished with a 16-under-par 848, which was two shots behind first place Arizona State. The Sun Devils fired a 279 in the final round and won the title with a 18-under-par 846. Fresno State placed third at 850, New Mexico was fourth with a 854 and Oregon and the Swedish National Team rounded out the top-five at 862.

Individually, ASU's Paul Casey won the medalist honors with a 9-under-par 207 (69-69-69). He beat Arizona's Derek Gillespie by one shot, after Gillespie shot a 68 in the final round to move up to second place. The UA senior had a three-round total of 8-under-par 208 (69-71-68) to help give him his best finish of the season. Teammate Ricky Barnes placed third with a 6-under-par 210 (71-70-69). Arizona's third top-10 performance was turned in by Scott Moore, who tied for eighth at 4-under-par 212 after shooting a 68 today. The rest of the Arizona lineup included Cody Beyer, who tied for 28th at 2-over-par 218 (72-73-73) and Reid Hatley, who tied for 62nd at 8-over-par 224 (75-74-75). Two Arizona golfers competed as individuals and they were Patrick Norris (T46th, 221) and Brandon Smith (T83rd, 231).

1999-2000 Men's Golf Schedule
Date            Event                          Place        
Sept. 11-12     The Ridges Intercollegiate     2nd 
Oct. 1-2        W.H. Tucker Intercollg.        8th
Oct. 11-12      Red River Classic              15th 
Oct. 18-19      Jerry Pate Intercollegiate     7th 
Oct. 29-31      Stanford Invitational          T6th
Jan. 31-Feb. 1  Ping Arizona Intercollegiate   T2nd  
Feb. 23-25      John Burns Intercoll.          T2nd 
Mar. 8-9        Louisiana Classic              1st  
Mar. 20-21      Morris Williams Intercoll.     7th            
Apr. 7-9        U.S. Collegiate Champs.        7th
Apr. 15-16      ASU Thunderbird Invit.         2nd      
Apr. 24-26      Pac-10 Championships
May 13-14       Perry Maxwell
May 18-20       NCAA West Regionals 
May 31-June 3  NCAA Championships 

National Rankings
MasterCard Collegiate Rankings

Arizona - No. 10

Individual Rankings
Derek Gillespie - No. 20
Ricky Barnes - No. 22
Arizona's Pac-10 Championship History: The Wildcats have won the Pac-10 title twice -- in 1987 at the Eugene Country Club and in 1991 at the Stanford Country Club... They were the runner-up in 1993 and 1994... An Arizona player has won the individual title five times... It last happened in 1994, when Jason Gore won with a 1-under-par 287... He also did it the year before with a 4-under-par 284... Arizona's other Pac-10 titleists were Manny Zerman in 1991, Larry Silveira in 1987 and Paul Nolen in 1984... Last season, the team finished eighth, which was it worst finish ever at the Pac-10s.

Arizona Year-By Year Finishes at the Pac-10 Championships:
        1979    2nd     1989    2nd             1999    8th
        1980    2nd     1990    2nd
        1981    6th     1991    1st
        1982    6th     1992    4th
        1983    4th     1993    2nd
        1984    3rd     1994    2nd
        1985    6th     1995    3rd
        1986    6th     1996    6th
        1987    1st     1997    5th
        1988    2nd     1998    3rd
Last Year's Pac-10 Championships: The Arizona men's golf team finished in eighth place at the 1999 Pac-10 Men's Golf Championships, which were held at the Broadmoor Golf Club (Par-70, 6,186 yards). The Wildcats shot a final round of 16-over-par 366 and wound up with a 72-hole total of 63-over-par 1463. Arizona State won the team title, finishing at 3-over-par 1403, a total that was 21 strokes better than second place UCLA. The Bruins finished with a 24-over-par 1424, while Oregon was third at 27-over-par 1427. Washington placed fourth at 1440 and California rounded out the top-five with a 1441 total. Individually, Arizona State's Paul Casey took home medalist honors after blistering the course in the final round with a 10-under-par 60. He entered the day eight shots behind the leader, but used that outing to win the championship. Joel Kribel of Stanford began the day with the lead, but shot an even-par 70 and fell to second. The top Arizona golfer among the 60-player field was Scott Moore, who placed 15th. He entered the final round in a tie for 26th, but carded a 3-under-par 67 to finish with a 6-over-par 286 total. Derek Gillespie finished in a tie for 20th at 10-over 290. Next in line for Wildcats was Cody Beyer, who tied for 33rd with a 15-over-par 295. He was followed by Tim Weiss, who tied for 42nd at 18-over-par 298, Andy Barnes, who tied 49th at 22-over-par 302 and Brandon Smith (T49th/302).

This Year's Cats in the Pac-10s: Three members of this year's lineup have played in the Pac-10 Championships... During his career, Derek Gillespie tied for 20th in 1999, tied for 15th in 1998 and tied for 29th in 1997... Scott Moore placed 15th in 1999 and tied for 19th... Cody Beyer tied for 33rd last season as a freshman.

Wildcat Notes: Arizona will go into the Pac-10 Championships with a string of eight consecutive finishes in the top-seven... The Wildcats have placed in the top-eight in 10 of their 11 tournaments on the season... This Spring, Arizona has won one tournament (Louisiana Classic) and finished second three times... When the UA won the Louisiana Classic back on March 9, it was the first tournament championship for the Wildcats since October of 1997... That season, current PGA golfer Rory Sabbatini led the UA to the title at the Taylor Made Red River Classic... Senior Derek Gillespie has the most top-10 finishes of any Wildcat golfer this season (5)... Ricky Barnes is second with four.

Arizona's Coaching Staff: Arizona's head men's golf coach, Rick LaRose, is in his 22nd season at the helm of the program and is assisted by John Knauer, who is in his second year at the UA... LaRose has directed both the UA men's and women's golf programs to an NCAA title (men-1992; women-1996) .. He is the only coach in NCAA golf history to achieve such a feat... He has also guided both programs to six NCAA Regional championships and five Pac-10 titles, while winning 41 men's tourneys and 17 women's tournament titles... He has been the head coach of the UA men's golf program since 1979 and was the women's head coach from 1995-98.

Up Next: Arizona compete in the Perry Maxwell Tournament, May 13-14, in Ardmore, Okla... After that, the NCAA West Regionals are set for May18-20 in Fresno, Calif., and the NCAA Championships are May 31-June 3 in Auburn, Ala.

A Look Back at the Fall: Arizona posted four top-10 finishes in five fall tournaments. The Cats placed second at their first tournament of the season, The Ridges Intercollegiate, behind the play of freshman Patrick Norris, who placed second individually at 3-under-par 213... Arizona followed that with an eighth-place finish at the W.H. Tucker Intercollegiate led by senior Derek Gillespie, who tied for fifth individually at 1-under-par 215... Gillespie also tied with freshman Ricky Barnes for the team's top score at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate. They tied for 18th at 2-over-par 215, while the team was 7th in the final standings... Gillespie's fourth-place outing at the Nelson Invitational guided the Cats to their sixth-place effort in that tournament... Gillespie also participated in the Savane College All-America Golf Classic in November. He fired a 67 in the final round to finish tied for fifth at 3-under-par 210 in a tournament that featured two dozen of the top collegiate men's golfers.

The Talented Mr. Gillespie: Senior Derek Gillespie is the team's top ranked golfer at No. 20... He is coming off his best performance of the season, finishing second at the ASU Thunderbird/Savane Invitational last weekend in Tempe... He finished one shot behind the winner after carding a 8-under-par 208 (69-71-68)... He has five top-10 finishes and a two top-20 performances in his 11 tournaments in 1999-2000... Besides last weekend, his other top-10 finishes are a pair of top-five outings (tied for 4th at Nelson and tied for 5th at Savane)... He owns the team's second-lowest scoring average at 71.93 and has been Arizona's top finisher in five out of 11 tournaments on the season... He tied for 24th at the U.S. Collegiate Championships... He tied for seventh at the John Burns Intercollegiate after firing his lowest round of the season (66) on the final day to jump from 31st place... He was an All-America selection in 1999 after tying for sixth at the NCAA Championships... He shot a 6-over-par 294 (72-71-76-75) and was in second place after two rounds just two shots off the lead... He entered the NCAAs not ranked among the nation's top-100, but finished the season as the country's No. 45 golfer in the final MasterCard rankings... He was named to the 1999 All-Pac-10 second team after he tied for 20th at the Pac-10 Championships with a 10-over-par 290 (76-73-67-74)... Gillespie played in 12 tournaments in 1998-99 and had five top-20 finishes and two top-10 outings.

Barnes the Noble: Ricky Barnes (Stockton, Calif.) is proving to be one of the top freshmen golfers in the country this season and he has a growing list of credentials to prove it... The nation's No. 22 ranked golfer, he has lived up to expectations, winning two tournaments and having four top-10 finishes and two top-20 outings in 11 tournaments... Barnes, the brother of former UA golfer Andy Barnes, won the Ping/Arizona Intercollegiate in February with a 9-under-par 204 (65-68-71) and the Louisiana Classic on March 14 with a 3-under-par 213... He currently boasts the team's top average at 71.56... With his win at the Ping/Arizona Intercollegiate on Feb. 1, he became the first UA golfer to win a tournament since Rory Sabbatini won the 1997 Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate... He was third at the ASU Thunderbird/Savane Invitational in Tempe, shooting a 6-under-par 210 (71-70-69)... Barnes was featured in Sports Illustrated's Golf Plus issue in the Faces in the Crowd section in February... He has been Arizona's top golfer in three tournaments this season, with his lowest finish coming at the Ridges Intercollegiate where he finished tied for 38th... He came to Arizona ranked 17th in the country for the class of 1999 and 42nd overall... He had four runner-up finishes in his AJGA career, including three in a row toward the end of 1999.

Fresh Faces: In addition to Ricky Barnes, UA director of golf Rick LaRose has gathered one of the best recruiting classes in the nation in Reid Hatley (Spokane, Wash.), Patrick Norris (Orlando, Fla.) and John Wine (College Station, Texas)... The freshman foursome has combined to record five top-10 finishes and three top-20 finishes... Hatley was the team's top golfer at the U.S. Collegiate Championships, placing 12th with a 3-under-par 213... He shot a season-best 68 in the first round and was tied for second... Norris posted a second-place finish in his first collegiate competition at The Ridges Intercollegiate... Hatley tied for ninth at the Spalding/Anteater Invitational, when he played for the UA junior varsity team... He was ranked 10th among American Junior Golfers Association class of 1999 players at the end of the season and was the No. 18 player in the country overall... He won the 1999 AJGA Compaq Junior Championship at Trophy Lake and had five top-10 performances during his AJGA career... Hatley tied for 23rd at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate in the fall.

Congrats to Former Cats: Arizona alum Jim Furyk tied for 14th at the Masters... Recent Arizona alum Rory Sabbatini earned a second-place finish at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic earlier this year... He narrowly missed picking up his first PGA Tour victory by finishing a stroke behind the champion, Jesper Parnevik...Furyk captured his fifth career title with a victory at the Doral-Ryder Open in February... Furyk was a member of the United States Ryder Cup team and was instrumental in the historic comeback on the final day of play. Furyk, who golfed at the UA from 1988-92 and was a part of the Cats' 1992 NCAA title team, beat Spain's Sergio Garcia 4 & 3 on the final day in the singles matches, helping the U.S. record a come-from-behind win and record a 14 -to-13 victory.

Did You Know: A lot has been made over the years about the success of the Arizona basketball program and its 16 straight appearances in the NCAA Basketball Tournament... Well, the Arizona men's golf team is on Lute Olson's hoopsters heels with 13 consecutive NCAA showings... Also, with the UA men's golf team advancing to the NCAA Championships last year, 17 of the 19 sports at the University of Arizona qualified for NCAA postseason play in 1998-99... Arizona is one of seven schools have made at least 10 consecutive trips to the NCAA Championships... The schools and the consecutive years they have contended are: Oklahoma State (53), Clemson (18), Florida (17), Arizona State (16), Arizona (13), UNLV (11) and North Carolina (11).

Arizona Golf History: In five of the past 10 seasons, Arizona has produced a first team All-America golfer... There have been two National Players of the Year from the UA -- Eric Meeks (1989) and Robert Gamez (1990)... Those two were also the National Amateur of the Year (Meeks in 1988; Gamez in 1989)... The Wildcats won the 1992 NCAA national championship... UA has also won two Pac-10 titles and has been the league runner-up on six occasions... In six of the past 11 years, Arizona has spent time ranked as the nation's No. 1 team, including the 1997-98 team, which spent most as the 1997-98 season in the top spot... Arizona alums on the PGA Tour include such names as Jim Furyk, Robert Gamez, Don Pooley, Rory Sabbatini, Mike Springer, Larry Silveira, Ted Purdy and Dan Pohl... There have been four Arizona golfers named (five overall selections) to the United States Walker Cup team Berganio was a two time performer... Since Rick LaRose took over as head coach in 1979, there have been 32 All-America first team, second team, third team or honorable mention golfers from the UA.

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