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Ricky Barnes and Chris Nallen Earn GCAA All-America Honors
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 06/06/2002
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June 6, 2002

TUCSON, Ariz. - A pair of Wildcat men's golfers earned All-America accolades by the Golf Coaches Association of America, as Ricky Barnes and Chris Nallen were both included on the PING All-America Honorable Mention squad

Barnes, a junior from Stockton, Calif., earned All-America honors for the third consecutive season after posting a 72.13 stroke average in 14 events this season. He collected four top-10 finishes this season and shared individual medalist honors at the 2002 NCAA West Regional with a six-under-par 210 total. Barnes was Arizona's top individual finisher at the 2002 NCAA Championships, finishing tied for 17th place with a 283 (-1) total. On the season, Barnes posted 21 rounds at par or better, including five rounds in the 60s. He tallied eight top-20 finishes in 2001-02 and closed the season with four consecutive sub-par tournament totals.

Nallen, a sophomore from Blairstown, N.J., earned All-America kudos for the second year in a row after leading the Wildcats with a 71.47 stroke average in 14 events. He led the squad with 23 rounds at par or better and 11 top-20 finishes. Nallen was UA's top finisher in six of 14 starts, while his 10-under-par 206 to earn runner-up honors at the PING-U.S. Collegiate Championships was the 10th-best tournament total in Arizona history. He shot an even-par 284 at the 2002 NCAA Championships to finish in a tie for 23rd place. Thirty-eight of Nallen's 41 rounds played (93 percent) in team competition were counted towards the team total.

With two All-Americans this season, 24 Arizona golfers have earned a total of 42 All-America accolades since 1967. The Wildcats have had at least one All-American in each season since 1992. It also marks the fourth time in the last five seasons in which UA has had multiple All-America selections.

Under the direction of head coach Rick LaRose, Arizona closed the 2001-02 season with a ninth-place finish at the 2002 NCAA Men's Golf Championships. It was the program's third consecutive top-10 team finish at the NCAA Championships, and marked the program's 16th consecutive appearance (20th overall) at the national championship event.

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