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Arizona Men's Golfers Play in NCAA West Regional Championship
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 05/15/2000
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May 18-20, at Fresno, Calif.

NCAA West Regional: The eighth-ranked University of Arizona men's golf team will play in the NCAA West Regional Golf Championship, May 18-20, in Fresno, Calif. The tournament will be held at the Riverbend Golf Course (par-72, 6,966 yards) and it will be a 54-hole event. The West Regional field will be comprised of 27 teams from District VIII and VII, as well as nine teams from the national pool... There will also be six individuals for a total of 141 players... Arizona is the No. 3 seed from District VIII... From this region, the top-10 teams will qualify for the 2000 NCAA Championships, which are set for May 31-June 3 in Auburn, Ala. In addition to the West Regional, there will also be an East Regional and Central Regional taking place this week... The top 11 teams from the East Regional will qualify for the NCAAs and the top-nine teams will advance from the Central Regional.

Tourney Teams: The following 27 teams will be competing this week in Fresno at the NCAA West Regional:

        District VIII           District VII            At-Large Teams
        1. Arizona State        1. Brigham Young        1. Pacific  
        2. UNLV                 2. Fresno State         2. Cal St. Northridge 
        3. Arizona              3. New Mexico           3. Idaho 
        4. Oregon               4. Colorado State       4. Princeton  
        5. Oregon State         5. San Diego State      5. Wright State
        6. California           6. UTEP                 6. Navy 
        7. Stanford                                     7. Towson State 
        8. UCLA                                         8. Iona 
        9. Washington                                   9. Maryland-Baltimore Cty.
        10. Pepperdine 
        11. USC
        12. Long Beach St.

Arizona's Lineup: The Wildcats will bring the following golfers to the NCAA Men's Golf West Regional:

                Yr.     99-00 Avg.             Top-10/Top-20 Fin. (Tourn's)
Ricky Barnes    Fr.         71.33                               5/2 (12)
Derek Gillespie Sr.         71.73                               6/2 (12)
Cody Beyer      So.         73.18                               1/4 (11)
Scott Moore     Sr.         74.00                               1/2 (10)
Reid Hatley     Fr.         74.71                               0/1 (10)

The UA's Last Action: Arizona finished fifth at the Pac-10 Golf Championship, which were held April 24-26, at the Karsten Golf Course (Par-72, 7,027 yards) in Tempe, Ariz. The Wildcats recorded a 72-hole total of 3-over-par 1443. Arizona State finished first by 37 shots after carding a tournament record 56-under-par 1384 total to win its sixth consecutive Pac-10 Conference championship. Oregon State was second at 19-under-par 1421, California was third at 12-under 1428 and Oregon was fourth with an 8-under 1432 total.

Individually, ASU's Paul Casey led wire-to-wire to win his third straight Pac-10 title. He was the only golfer in the field to have all four rounds in the 60s and won by 10 shots with a tournament record 23-under-par 265 total (66-65-67-67). Oregon State's Tim Mickelson was second at 13-under-par 275 (72-70-64-69).

Arizona freshman Ricky Barnes tied with Oregon State's John Lepak for third, marking the highest finish by an Wildcat golfer at the Pac-10 Championships since Jason Gore finished first in 1994. Barnes joined Lepak at 10-under-par 278. Barnes' third place finish was his fourth top-five finish of the season, all of which have come in his last six tournaments. UA senior Derek Gillespie had his best round of the tournament on the final day and shot a 68. That score move him up from 13th to finish in a tie for seventh at 8-under-par 280. His tie for seventh marked the best performance during his career at the Pac-10 Championships. The rest of the Arizona lineup included sophomore Cody Beyer, who tied for 30th at 3-over-par 291 (70-73-74-74); freshman Reid Hatley, who tied for 45th at 8-over-par 296 (74-73-72-77); freshman Patrick Norris, who tied for 50th at 13-over-par 301 (76-73-78-74) and senior Scott Moore, who tied for 52nd at 14-over-par 302 (77-72-77-76).

All-Pac-10 Honors: Arizona's Ricky Barnes was named the Pac-10 Conference Men's Golf Freshman of the Year on May 5. He was also named to the All-Pac-10 Conference first team. Senior Derek Gillespie joined Barnes on the All-Pac-10 first team as well. It was the second time in Gillespie's career that he was an all-conference first team selection, with the last coming during his sophomore season (1998). He was named to the All-Pac-10 second team in 1997 and 1999. Sophomore Cody Beyer was named to the All-Pac-10 honorable mention team.

Wildcat Notes: Arizona will go into the NCAA West Regional with a string of nine consecutive finishes in the top-seven... The team's latest ranking of eighth in the MasterCard Collegiate Golf Rankings (May 10) is the team's highest since it was No.1 towards the end of the 1997-98 season... The Wildcats have placed in the top-eight in 11 of their 12 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 (6), followed by Ricky Barnes with five.

Arizona's Coaching Staff: Arizona's director of golf, 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.

Arizona's NCAA West Regional History: Arizona has had tremendous success at the West Regional, placing first four times... The first NCAA West Region title came in 1989, followed by the three-peat in 1991, 1992 and 1993... The other finishes have been fourth (1994), fourth (1995), sixth (1996), fourth (1997), fourth (1998) and ninth last season... The last UA player to take home the individual prize at the West Regional was Manny Zerman in 1993... He won with a 5-under-par 211 total... Arizona's other West Regional titleists were Harry Rudolph in 1992 and Robert Gamez in 1989... Arizona's top golfers last year were Andy Barnes and Tim Weiss, who tied for 29th... Derek Gillespie tied for 48th, Cody Beyer tied for 54th and Scott Moore tied for 73rd... Since 1989, Arizona, UNLV and Arizona State have dominated this event... In this span, Arizona has won this tournament four times, UNLV has won it three times and Arizona State won it twice and tied for the title in 1998.

1999 NCAA West Regional Recap: The Arizona State University Sun Devils led wire-to-wire and won the 1999 NCAA Men's West Regional at the Omni Tucson National Resort (Par-72, 7,087 yards). ASU, which had three golfers place among the top-eight, posted a 54-hole total of 10-under-par 854 and won the event by eight shots over defending national champion UNLV (862). Arizona placed ninth with at 891... Individually, Jeff Quinney of Arizona State claimed medalist honors with a 7-under-par 209 total. He used a 1-under-par 70 today to win the tourney by three shots over UNLV's Michael Kirk and Colorado State's Nigel Spence, who both finished at 4-under-par 212. Arizona was led by Andy Barnes and Tim Weiss, who both tied for 29th with 6-over-par 222s. Derek Gillespie closed with a 78 and fell to a tie for 48th at 225. Cody Beyer tied for 54th at 226 and Scott Moore rounded out the UA lineup, tying for 73rd with a 230.

Up Next: Should Arizona finish among the top-10 at this week's event, the Cats will then play in the NCAA Men's Golf Championships, 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. 18... He is coming off a tie for seventh at the Pac-10 Championships... His best performance of the season was a second place finish at the ASU Thunderbird/Savane Invitational in Tempe on April 16... He finished one shot behind the winner after carding a 8-under-par 208 (69-71-68)... He has six top-10 finishes and two top-20 performances in his 12 tournaments in 1999-2000... Besides the last two tournaments, 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 71.73 and has been Arizona's top finisher in five out of 12 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 was named the Pac-10 Conference Freshman of the Year on May 5... Currently ranked No. 21 in the nation, he has lived up to expectations, winning two tournaments and having five 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 scoring average at 71.33 and was the team's best finisher at the Pac-10 Championships, tying for third... 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 four 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 six 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.

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 14 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 (14), 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 of the year 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.

Arizona Player Bios for 1999-00

Derek Gillespie, 5-8, 170, Sr., Oshawa, Ontario (Paul Dwyer Catholic HS)
Team's top ranked golfer at No. 18... All-Pac-10 first team selection... Six top-10 finishes and two top-20 performances in his 12 tournaments this year... He owns the team's second-lowest scoring average at 71.73 and has been Arizona's top finisher in five out of 12 tournaments on the season... Tied for seventh at the Pac-10 Championships with a four round total of 8-under-par 280... Had a his best score in the final round - a 68 - to help move him up from 13th... The tie for seventh was the best finish during his career at the Pac-10s... Finished second at the ASU Thunderbird/Savane Invitational last weekend in Tempe one shot behind the winner after carding a 8-under-par 208 (69-71-68)... Besides the past two top-10 outings, his other top-10s are a pair of top-five outings (tied for 4th at Nelson and tied for 5th at Savane)... Tied for 24th at the U.S. Collegiate Championships... 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... 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).

Ricky Barnes, 6-1, 200, Fr., Stockton, Calif. (Lincoln HS)
Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and All-Pac-10 first team performer... One of the top freshmen in the country, he has won two tournaments this season and is ranked No. 21... Leads the team in stroke average (71.33)... Has five top-10 finishes and two top-20 outings... Has finished in the top-five in four of his last six tournaments... Back-to-back top-five performances... Placed third at the Pac-10 Championships with a 10-under-par 278... That was the best finish for an Arizona golfer at the Pac-10 Championships since 1994... Prior to that, had a third place finish at the ASU Thunderbird/Savane Invitational (6-under/210)... The brother of former UA golfer Andy Barnes, he 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... 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 has been Arizona's top golfer in four 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.

Cody Beyer, 5-8, 150, So., Tucson, Ariz. (Canyon Del Oro HS)
-- Honorable mention All-Pac-10 team selection... Owns the third-best stroke average on the team (73.18)... Has played in 11 tournaments and has one top-10 performance... That was at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate... He tied for seventh with a 4-over-par 220 and was the team's top finisher... He has four top-20 finishes this season... Tied for 30th at the Pac-10 Championships (3-over 291)... Tied for 15th at the Louisiana Classic (222), tied for 16th at the John Burns Intercollegiate (212), tied for 18th at the Ping/Arizona Intercollegiate 217) and tied for 16th at the Ridges Intercollegiate (221)... Last season as a freshman, he tied for 33rd at the Pac-10 Championships after shooting a 15-over-par 295... He was the 5A Golfer of the Year in 1996 for Canyon del Oro High School in Tucson.

Scott Moore, 5-9,165, Jr., Collinsville, Ill. (Althoff Catholic HS)
One of two seniors on the squad (Gillespie), he has played in 10 tournaments and has a stroke average of 74.00... Tied for 51st at the Pac-10 Championships (14-over 302)... Best tournament of this season was a tie for eighth at the ASU Thunderbird/Savane Invitational... Shot a 4-under-par 212 and had a season-best 68 in the final round, helping give Arizona three golfers in the top-10...Tied for 12th at the Ping/Arizona Intercollegiate (216) and tied for 15th at the Louisiana Classic (222).

Reid Hatley, 5-10, 150, Fr., Spokane, Wash. (Ferris HS)
The second of three freshmen in the Arizona top-six, he has played in 10 tournaments this season... His top finish of the year was a 12th place outing at the U.S. Collegiate Championships in Cabo, Mexico... He carded a 3-under-par 213 and was the top Arizona finisher in the tournament... Low round of the season (68) came in that tournament... Tied for 45th at the Pac-10 Championships (8-over 296)... Has a stroke average of 74.71... Tied for 23rd at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate back in the Fall portion of the schedule... Shot a 3-over-par 216.

Patrick Norris, 6-1, 160, Fr., Orlando, Fla. (Dr. Phillips HS)
-- Another freshman for the Cats, he has played in eight tournaments and owns a stroke average of 74.84... Finished second in the first tournament of his collegiate career The Ridges Intercollegiate... Carded a 3-under-par 213... Tied for 50th at the Pac-10 Championships (13-over 301)... Tied for 36th at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate (219)... Competed as an individual at the ASU Thunderbird/Savane Invitational last weekend in Tempe and tied for 46th (221).

Brandon Smith, 5-10, 145, So., Veradale, Wash. (Central Valley HS)
Played in six tournaments this season... His best finish of the year was a tie for 13th at the John Burns Intercollegiate... Shot a 5-under-par 211... His best round of the year came in that tournament... Shot a 66 in the first round... Was Arizona's second-highest finisher in the event... Helped the UA tie for second... Tied for 22nd at the Louisiana Classic with an 8-over-par 224... Competed as an individual at the ASU Thunderbird/Savane Invitational last weekend in Tempe and tied for 83rd (231).

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