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David K. Barnes

He stands alone as the only first team All-American in golf from The University of Akron. Dave Barnes earned that honor his junior season by firing consecutive rounds of 74, 78, 74, 74 in the 1976 NCAA II National Golf Championship at Avalon Country Club in Warren, OH. His 300 scored garnered him a fifth place finish in the individual standings. A four-year letterman under Head Coach Jim Hackett, Barnes also had the distinction of playing on four winning AU teams from 1974 thru 1977, in which all earned NCAA National Tournament berths. As a freshman Barnes was third on the team with a 78.6 stroke average. He improved to 76.9 as a sophomore, a career best 76.1 average as a junior and closed out his collegiate career with a 76.3. Barnes certainly played a major role in the Zip linksmen’s cause during his unprecedented achievement, but he admits he had lots of help. Joining Barnes on all four of those teams were boyhood pals Terry O’Rourke and Bob Heffleman. “They both made me a better golfer,” praised Barnes. “We have been playing together or against each other since we were 13.” Still active in local amateur golf, Barnes participated in 10 to 15 golf tournament a year. In 1992 he was inducted into UA’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Inducted 1995 | Golf