April 29, 2001
PALO ALTO, Calif. - University of Arizona sophomore Ricky Barnes shot a final-round 68 Sunday to win the individual title at the 2001 Pacific-10 Conference Men's Golf Championships.
Barnes, who led the event wire-to-wire, claimed individual medalist honors with a four-round total of 268 (-16). It was the fourth career victory for Barnes, and his second this season. Barnes' 16-under-par total was a record low for a UA golfer at the Pac-10 Championships. Barnes' title marks the sixth time a Wildcat golfer has won the Pac-10 championship since joining the league in 1978-79.
Barnes was one of just two golfers in the 60-player field to register four consecutive rounds in the 60s. He won the tournament by three strokes over Hunter Mahan of USC, who tallied a 271 total (-13). UA freshman Chris Nallen continued his run of strong play by posting a fifth-place finish with a 276 total (-8).
The duo of Barnes and Nallen helped the Wildcats finish in third place as a team. UA tallied a 355 team total (E) on Sunday and finished with a 1,408 total (-12). Arizona, which placed fifth in this event last season, finished eight strokes behind USC, which won the tourney with a 1,400 total (-20). Arizona State claimed runner-up honors with a 1,404 total (-16).
Sophomore Reid Hatley closed the tournament with two sub-par rounds and finished in 11th place. Hatley fired a one-under-par 70 Sunday and posted a 282 total (-2). Also competing for the Wildcats were juniors Cody Beyer and Ben Clark and freshman Andy Connell. Beyer finished in 41st place at 293 (+9), while Connell finished tied for 42nd at 294 (+10) and Clark finished tied for 49th at 296 (+10).
The 72-hole Pac-10 Conference Championships were contested at the Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif., a par 71, 6,786-yard layout.
The Wildcats will next be in action May 17-19 at the NCAA West Regional in Corvallis, Ore.