Aug. 25, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona head men's golf coach Rick LaRose today announced the hiring of Andy Barnes as an assistant coach.
Barnes, an Arizona letterman from 1995-99, returns to his alma mater after playing and caddying on the highest levels of professional golf. He spent six years on the Canadian Tour, including fully exempt status in 2001 and 2002. Barnes played in multiple PGA Tour events, including the 1999 United States Open and the 2003 Tucson Open, and also played on numerous mini-tours around the country. He has qualified for more than a dozen Nationwide Tour events in his career.
"I am very much looking forward to this opportunity to return to the University of Arizona," said Barnes. "I plan to pass along my knowledge of the game to our student-athletes so that they can perform at the highest levels on and off the course. I've always received a great deal of support from Coach LaRose and (director of athletics) Jim Livengood and I'm excited about giving back to the program."
Barnes also has extensive experience as a caddie. Most memorably, Barnes was on the bag as his brother and fellow UA alumnus Ricky won the 2002 United States Amateur Championship. He continued to caddie for Ricky off an on since then, and most recently has caddied for current PGA Tour professional Charley Hoffman.
As a player, Barnes posted a 74.28 stroke average during his four-year collegiate career. He still ranks fifth on the UA career rounds played list with 169. His best season was 1997-98, where he posted a 72.37 stroke average en route to first team all-Pac-10 and honorable mention All-America honors. Barnes also was an honorable mention all-Pac-10 pick in 1999 and participated in the 1998 U.S.-Japan Collegiate Golf Championship.
"Andy is a great addition to the program," said LaRose. "He is a young guy with a lot of energy and ton of experience as a player, especially as a professional. Andy is going to be an outstanding coach. He's really going to help us."
Barnes, 31, received his degree in sociology from Arizona in 1999. He is married to former UA softball player Erika Hanson.