May 1, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz. - Fresh off its runner-up finish at the conference championships, four members of the University of Arizona men's golf team were recognized Thursday with all-Pacific-10 Conference honors in voting done by the league's head coaches. Highlighting the announcement was Ricky Barnes' selection as the 2003 Golfer of the Year.
Barnes, Reid Hatley, Andrew Medley and Chris Nallen each earned all-conference honors. Barnes and Nallen were selected to the first team, while Hatley and Medley garnered honorable mention accolades. Arizona golfers have earned such recognition 79 times since joining the league in 1978-79.
Barnes, the reigning U.S. Amateur champion, has a 71.61 stroke average in 10 collegiate scoring events this season. He has been Arizona's top finisher in six of those events. Twenty of his 31 rounds played have been at par or better with a low round of 66. The senior from Stockton, Calif., has seven top-10 finishes and a top-20 effort to his credit in 2002-03.
He 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 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).
It marks the second Pac-10 Golfer-of-the-Year honor for Barnes, who tallied an even-par 288 to tie for fourth place Wednesday at the 2003 Pac-10 Conference Championships, as he shared the award as a sophomore in 2001. It is the sixth time that an Arizona golfer has earned the league's Golfer of the Year award. His all-conference award was Barnes' fourth.
Hatley, a senior from Spokane, Wash., ranks fourth on the squad with a 73.52 stroke average in 12 events. An honorable mention all-conference selection in 2001 as well, Hatley has four top-10 finishes to his credit. His best finish this season was a tie for ninth place at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate. All told, he has 12 rounds at par or better, including a low round of 65, which is UA's lowest this season.
Medley, a senior from Jackson, Miss., has competed in all seven events since joining the program in January. He currently ranks third on the squad with a 72.82 stroke average with nine rounds at par or better. Seventeen of his 22 rounds this spring (77 percent) have counted towards the team total. Medley has three top-20 finishes to his credit.
Nallen, a junior from Blairstown, N.J., leads the Wildcats with a 71.39 stroke average. In 13 events this season, Nallen has eight top-10 finishes and three top-20 efforts to his credit. Twenty-five of his rounds this season have been at par or better, including a team-best 11 rounds in the 60s. Nallen has been UA's top finisher in seven tournaments in 2002-03. He has been an all-Pac-10 pick in each of his three seasons in Tucson.
Arizona, ranked No. 3 in the current Precept/GCAA Coaches Poll, will next be in action, May 15-17, at one of three NCAA Regional sites. Selections will be announced on Monday, May 5. The Wildcats have participated in each of the previous 14 NCAA Regionals.
All-Pac-10 First Team
Name School Year Hometown Ricky Barnes Arizona Sr. Stockton, Calif. Steve Conway UCLA Jr. Newport Beach, Calif. John Ellis Oregon Sr. San Jose, Calif. Brock Mackenzie Washington Jr. Yakima, Wash. John Merrick UCLA Jr. Long Beach, Calif. Chris Nallen Arizona Jr. Blairstown, N.J. Chez Reavie Arizona State Jr. Mesa, Ariz. Peter Tomasulo California Jr. Long Beach, Calif.
All-Pac-10 Second Team
Name School Year Hometown Alejandro Canizares Arizona State Fr. Manilva, Spain Roy Moon UCLA Jr. Simi Valley, Calif. Jim Seki Stanford Sr. Honolulu, Hawaii Michael Wilson California Fr. Pacific Grove, Calif.
Honorable Mention: Derek Berg, Sr., Washington; Nico Bollini, So., USC; Chris Botsford, Sr., USC; Ryan Camp, Jr., Washington State; Chris Carnahan, Sr., Oregon; Reid Hatley, Sr., Arizona; Travis Johnson, Jr., UCLA; Michael Jurgensen, Sr., Oregon State; Cameron MacKenzie, So., Oregon State; Andrew Medley, Sr., Arizona; Brady Stockton, Sr., Arizona State; Dustin White, Sr., Washington State; Taylor Wood, Fr., USC.
Golfer of the Year: Ricky Barnes, Sr., Arizona
Co-Freshman of the Year: Alejandro Canizares, Arizona State and Michael Wilson, California
Coach of the Year: O.D. Vincent, UCLA