May 2, 2001
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona sophomore Ricky Barnes was named College Player of the Week Wednesday by Golf World magazine.
Barnes earned the honor after winning the 2001 Pacific-10 Conference Championship by three strokes on April 29. The Stockton, Calif., native shot a 72-hole total of 268 (-16) to claim individual medalist honors. It was his fourth career victory and his second this season. Barnes' 70.76 stroke average is the best in the Pac-10 this year. He has four top-10 finishes in six events this spring. Barnes was the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year last season and shared 2001 Golfer-of-the-Year honors with Arizona State's Jeff Quinney.
Arizona is just one of four schools in the country to have both a men's and women's national Player of the Week this season. UA's Lorena Ochoa (Sept. 29) and Natalie Gulbis (Feb. 26) were honored earlier this year by Golf World magazine.
Barnes and the Wildcats will next be in action on May 17-19 at the NCAA West Regional in Corvallis, Ore.