April 29, 2003
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - University of Arizona men's golfer Ricky Barnes received another addition to his trophy case Tuesday as he was named the National Amateur of the Month for April by the Southern Golf Association.
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 and the lowest amateur placing in 15 years.
The senior from Stockton, Calif., has a 71.56 stroke average in 10 collegiate events this season and 18 of his 27 rounds played have been at par or better with a low round of 66. He has six top-10 finishes and a top-20 effort to his credit. Barnes also helped Arizona win the National Invitational Tournament April 1 with a key birdie on the tournament's final hole. His two-under 214 total tied him for second place individually.
In its inaugural season, the Southern Golf Association's National Amateur of the Month is open to amateurs of all ages and determined by a selection panel of national golf officials, golf journalists and college coaches. The award is given March through October. The SGA stages the 100-year-old Southern Amateur.