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Ricky Barnes HOF
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: October 08, 2013
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Ricky Barnes HOF   
     Blessed with prodigious talent, Ricky Barnes started his UA career as the best freshman in the nation and finished it four years later as the nation’s top amateur player. By coming to Tucson, Barnes followed in the footsteps of his brother- current UA assistant men’s golf coach Andy Barnes- who was already a four- year UA letterman himself. In his first year, Ricky earned both Pac-10 Freshman-of-the-Year and NCAA Freshman-of-the-Year honors. He would go on to win five individual tournament titles during his career at Arizona, most notably the Pac-10 Championship in 2001 and the NCAA West Regional in 2002. In 2003, Ricky won the Ben Hogan Award given annually to the nation’s top collegiate golfer. He left Arizona a four-time All- American and was named the top male student- athlete for Arizona Athletics his senior year. He is the only UA men’s golfer in history to post four consecutive top- 20 finishes at the NCAA Championships, and at the time of induction his 71.48 stroke average was the lowest in school’s history. He captured one of golf’s most prestigious events- the 2002 U.S. Amateur Championship- and overnight he became a star. Such a victory earned him a top spot in the 2003 Masters. U.S. Open and British Open. He finished in 21st place and was the low amateur at The Masters with a 3-over 291 total. He has played on the Nationwide Tour since 2004 and is currently in the top 25 on that tour’s money list.
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