LAFAYETTE, La. - The 15th-ranked Arizona men's golf team captured its first tournament championship of the season with a final score of 869 at the Louisiana Classic. The Wildcats were in fifth place after the second round, but shot a 283 in Tuesday's final round at the Oakburne Country Club (Par 72, 7,002 yards) to finish seven strokes better than second-place Kansas which posted a score of 876. Texas A&M was third at 880 and Baylor, the first-place team entering the final round, placed fourth at 882. Colorado rounded out the top five at 884.
Arizona freshman Ricky Barnes won his second individual title of the season with a 68 in the final round to finish at 3-under-par 213 (73-72-68). Barnes was tied for eighth after the second round but edged out Colorado's Matthew Zions and Jimmy Walker of Baylor, both of whom finished at even-par 216. Dwayne Mortley of Texas A&M was fourth at 1-over-par 217, and Craig Lile of Arkansas placed fifth at 2-over-par 218.
Senior Derek Gillespie, who entered the day tied for 22nd, shot a 71 in the final round to tie for sixth at 3-over-par 219 (74-74-71). Cody Beyer and Scott Moore each tied for 15th at 6-over-par 222, while Brandon Smith shot an 8-over-par and tied for 22nd.
The win marks Arizona's first tournament championship since Rory Sabbatini led the Wildcats to the title of the Taylor Made Red River Classic on Oct. 14, 1997. The Wildcats have finished either first or second in each of their last three tournaments. The UA will next be in action at the Morris Williams Invitational, March 20-21, in Austin, Texas.