Ricky Barnes grew up in Stockton, California and played collegiate golf at the University of Arizona. His dad Bruce played football for the New England Patriots and his brother Andy was also a standout collegiate golfer at the University of Arizona. Ricky’s great amateur career Included the following highlights:
- Four time All-American honors at the University of Arizona
- US Amateur Champion in 2002
- Winner of the prestigious Ben Hogan Award given annually to the nations top collegiate golfer
After his impressive US Amateur victory, Ricky captured low amateur honors at the 2003 Masters finishing 21st and outscoring his playing partner, Tiger Woods, in the first round by 7 shots. Ricky turned pro in 2004 and enjoyed great success on the Nationwide Tour setting a Tour record of 23 consecutive cuts made. Ricky finished 25th on the Nationwide Tour Money List in 2008 earning his PGA Tour card. Ricky’s rookie season on the PGA Tour included a standout performance at the 2009 US Open at Bethpage Black where he finished tied for second.
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