Oct. 8, 2002
STILLWATER, Okla. - Bolstered by two players in the top 13 places, the University of Arizona men's golf team finished in third place at the Ping/Golfweek NCAA Preview. It was the team's second top-three finish in three events this season.
The Wildcats carded a 10-over-par 298 in Tuesday's final round and finished the 54-hole event with an 893 (+29) total. Arizona was one of just six teams in the field of 15 to post a sub-300 total over the final 18 holes. Augusta State won the event with an 880 (+16) total, six strokes ahead of runner-up Clemson.
Individually, senior Ricky Barnes fired a one-under 71 Tuesday to tie for third place at 217 (+1). It was Barnes' second top-five finish of the season and the 11th of his career. Augusta State's Emmett Turner captured individual medalist honors with a three-under 213 total. He was the only golfer in the field of 75 to finish under par.
Fellow senior Reid Hatley carded a one-under 71 Tuesday to finish tied for 13th place at 222 (+6). It was the best finish of the season for the Spokane, Wash., product. Freshman Blaine Peffley tallied a 226 (+10) to earn the best placing of his brief UA career with a tie for 25th.
The Ping/Golfweek NCAA Preview was contested at Karsten Creek Golf Course, a par 72, 7,290-yard layout. The 54-hole event was hosted by Oklahoma State University.
The Arizona men's golf team will next be in action on Oct. 14-15 at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate in Birmingham, Ala.
Top Five Teams Top Five Individuals 1. Augusta State 880 (+16) 1. Emmett Turner, Augusta State 74-69-70=213 (-3) 2. Clemson 886 (+22) 2. Scott Jamieson, Augusta State 75-68-73=216 (E) 3. ARIZONA 893 (+29) 3. Ricky Barnes, Arizona 72-74-71=217 (+1) 4. Auburn 894 (+30) Matthew Rosenfeld, Texas 76-70-71=217 (+1) 5. Texas 897 (+33) 5. Conner Robbins, Washington 73-73-72=218 (+2)