Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
USC Wins PING/Arizona Intercollegiate, Beats Arizona by Seven Strokes
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 01, 2000
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Tucson, Ariz. After entering the final round in second place, the USC Trojans fired a 1-over-par 285 in the final round to win the PING/Arizona Intercollegiate, which wrapped up today at the Raven Golf Course at Sabino Springs (Par-71, 6,797 yards). The Trojans, who had two golfers place among the top-five, finished with a 54-hole total of 4-under-par 848 to win the title by seven shots over the host school, Arizona. The Wildcats entered the final round with a one shot lead over the Trojans, but after carding a 9-over-par 293 this afternoon, they finished in second place with a 3-over-par 852 total.

Arizona's finish in this tournament marks the second time the Cats have placed second this season. The UA was also the runner-up at the year's first outing The Ridges Intercollegiate on Sept 11-12.

New Mexico placed third with a 9-over-par 861, San Diego State was fourth at 870, while Stanford and UCLA tied for fifth at 875.

Individually, Arizona freshman Ricky Barnes won the tournament after recording a 54-hole total of 9-over-par 213. He entered the final round with a two shot lead and carded an even-par 71 this afternoon to increase his winning margin to four shots. By finishing first, Barnes became the first Arizona men's golfer to win a tournament since Rory Sabbatini won the 1997 Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate.

USC's Nick Jones was the runner-up after recording a 5-under-par 208, while California's Han Lee placed third with a 3-under-par 210. Another Trojan golfer, Nick Webb, was joined by UCLA's Parker McLachlin in a tie for fifth place at 2-under-par 211.

Arizona will return to action on Feb. 23 - 25, at the John Burns Invitational in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Team Finishes                              Individual Finishes
1. USC           279-284-285848 (-4)       1. Ricky Barnes, Arizona     65-68-71204 (-9)
2. Arizona       278-284-293855 (+3)       2. Nick Jones, USC           69-70-69208 (-5)
3. New Mexico    285-289-287861 (+9)       3. Han Lee, California  	 70-70-70210 (-3)
4. San Diego St. 297-285-288870 (+18)      T4. Parker McLachlin, UCLA   70-69-72211 (-2)
T5.Stanford      285-294-296875 (+23       T4. Nick Webb, USC           65-70-76211 (-2)
UCLA             288-295-292875 (+23)
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