May 9, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's golfer Ricky Barnes was named co-winner of the 2003 Ben Hogan Award in voting released Friday by the Friends of Golf, Colonial Country Club and the Golf Coaches Association of America. The award is given annually to the nation's top NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA golfer. The award covers all collegiate and amateur competitions during the last 12 months.
Barnes shares the distinction of the nation's best amateur golfer with Oklahoma State's Hunter Mahan. The duo tied for the honor following voting completed by the Friends of Golf.
"I am honored to receive the Hogan Award, said Barnes. "It means a lot to be named the top amateur player in college golf, but more importantly, to be associated with someone like Ben Hogan makes it more special. He meant so much to amateur golf."
Barnes, the reigning U.S. Amateur champion, finished as the low amateur at the 2003 Masters with a four-round total of 291 (+3). It was the lowest total by an amateur at the prestigious event since 1998. He has a 71.61 stroke average and seven top-10 finishes in 10 collegiate scoring events this season. Twenty of his 31 rounds played have been at par or better with a low round of 66. He was named Pacific-10 Conference Golfer of the Year for the second time in is career on May 1.
The senior from Stockton, Calif., has six top-10 finishes and a top-20 effort to his credit. He also posted a top 20 finish on the PGA Tour, as he tied for 18th place on March 2 at the Chrysler Classic of Tucson with a four-round total of 69-70-68-70=277 (-11).
In addition to his collegiate exploits, Barnes teamed with Mahan to lead the United States to victory at the 2002 World Amateur Golf Championship. He also earned a pair of top-10 finishes in amateur competitions, as Barnes tied for second place at the Northeast Amateur and tied for eighth place at the Players Amateur. He was the Southern Golf Association's national Amateur of the Month for April 2003.
Barnes is the third Arizona men's golfer to earn such amateur golf honors. Eric Meeks (1988) and Robert Gamez (1989) each earned National-Amateur-of-the-Year honors from Titleist/Golfweek.
The Ben Hogan Award is presented by The Friends of Golf and Colonial Country Club, in cooperation with Bank of America and the Golf Coaches Association of America. Barnes and Mahan will receive the award at Colonial Country Club on May 19.
Barnes and the seventh-ranked Wildcats will next be in action May 15-17 at the NCAA Men's Golf West Regional in Auburn, Wash.