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 and winner of the prestigious Ben Hogan Award given annually to the nation’s 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 2003 and enjoyed great success on the Nation- wide 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.
His best finish on the PGA TOUR in 2012 is 3rd at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and cur-rently he ranked 184th of Fedexcup rankings
In February of 2012 Barnes launched the Ricky Barnes Foundation. “Our mission is to promote the physical and mental well-being of children. They will be encouraged to develop an active lifestyle and make healthy choices to boost self-esteem and confidence.” The first charity Pro-Am started in 2012.
This year’s foundation tournament is scheduled for October 8th at the Stockton Golf and Country Club. For more information on the foundation, please visitwww.rickybarnesgolf.com
Arizona Golf Central wanted to learn a bit more about
the man behind the golf glove, so we asked him the following questions.
Do you have your own charity or is there a charity close to your heart? Yes, this year I started my own foundation–Ricky Barnes Foundation.
What was the greatest moment in your career so far? So far, the best things in golf have been win- ning the US Amateur in 2002 and being in the final group in the 2009 US Open and finishing 2nd.
Why Wilson Golf as your club manu- facturer of choice? Wilson clubs are back on the map, and I love the feel and look of them. I have been with them for 4 years and have loved the product and where we are going with it.
What is your most treasured item besides your family? I would say the most treasured items besides my family would be my golf clubs and my friends. I deal with family, friends, and golf 99 percent of every year.
What’s your favorite football team? San Diego Chargers!!!!!!
What’s the top song in your iPod right now? Jockin Jay Z (Jay Z)
Do you ever play volleyball with your wife? I do play a little vol- leyball with her, but only about twice a year—and I usually lose.
Do you have a favorite course here in the valley? It’s prob- ably between Whisper Rock
and Phoenix Country Club.
What was your favorite TV Show growing up? Saved By The Bell
Who are some of the celebri- ties you are/were star stuck by? I was pretty struck by meet- ing Jay Z and Michael Jordan.
Who was your mentor growing up? Definitely my dad and brother.
Do you have favorite quote that you like or live by? From Jimmy V— Don’t Give Up, Don’t Ever Give Up!!