Nov. 9, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. - Former University of Arizona men's golfer Ricky Barnes earned his 2009 PGA Tour card Sunday by virtue of his 25th place finish on the Nationwide Tour money list.
Barnes, a native of Stockton, Calif., earned a career-best total of $218,902 in 26 events on the Nationwide Tour this season to finish 25th on the money list and earn PGA Tour playing privileges in 2009. He finished $3,582 ahead of the 26th spot on the list.
The four-time All-American who won the 2002 U.S. Amateur Championship while at Arizona, clinched the spot with a tie for 37th place finish Sunday at the Nationwide Tour Championship in McKinney, Texas. Barnes carded rounds of 69, 71, 70 and 71 en route to a three-under 281 tally.
The 2008 season was a strong one for Barnes. He made the cut in 19 of 27 events (73 percent) and posted a 70.35 scoring average. He collected nine top-20 finishes this season and finished in the top 20 in four of his last six events played, including two top-10 efforts. Barnes' best finish this year was a tie for third place at the Xerox Classic on Aug. 17 after carding a 68-67-71-66=272 (-8).
Fellow Wildcat Chris Nallen (2001-04) tied for 54th place in the Nationwide Tour Championship with a four-over 288 total to finish 2008 in 58th place on the money list with $114,021 in earnings. Nallen will be fully exempt on the 2009 Nationwide Tour.
In 27 appearances this season, Nallen made 27 cuts, posted a 71.06 scoring average and collected seven top-25 finishes.