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Purdue finished with 212 all-academic picks in 2015-16
Purdue concluded season on Sunday in NCAA Championships
Barco leads the way in final round with a 1-over par 71
Boilermakers will close out season tomorrow in third round
Purdue at the Crooked Stick Intercollegiate (Oct. 12, 2015).
Fernando Barco during Monday's stroke-play action at the 115th U.S. Amateur.
Boilermaker Invitational (April 19, 2014)
Academic All-Big Ten (May 28, 2015)
Barco Qualifies for U.S. Amateur (July 14, 2015)
Barco Named PING All-Region (May 31, 2016)
Academic All-Big Ten (June 1, 2016)
2015-16 / AS A JUNIOR
Barco had a strong junior season, earning a spot on the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) All-Region Team.
Ranked third on the team in stroke average (73.13), ranking 13th on the single-season stroke average list.
Led the team in stroke average during the spring at 72.87 during 23 rounds in the spring.
Had an outstanding postseason, leading the Boilermakers during NCAA play, averaging a final-round 72.00 in two events. Coupled with his 65 in the 2015 NCAA Regional, Barco is averaging 69.67 strokes per round during the final round of three NCAA events.
Was named Big Ten Golfer of the Week after finishing second at the Hoosier Collegiate (-3).
Recorded top-10 finishes at the NCAA Stillwater Regional (T-10th) and Boilermaker Invitational (T-10th) and led Purdue with a T-17 finish at the Big Ten Championships.
Also finished T-3rd (-3) at the Windon Memorial Classic and T-9th (+3) at the Northern Intercollegiate during the fall.
Led Purdue with 434 pars, 19 more than the next closest Boilermaker (Austin Eoff; 415).
Ranked second on the team in rounds of even-par or better (16) and had six rounds in the 60s.
Was the first alternate out of U.S. Open local qualifying at Wolf Run GC in Zionsville.
Was named to the Big Ten's All-Academic Team for the second straight year.
2014-15 / AS A SOPHOMORE
Following the year, qualified for the U.S. Amateur Championship after finishing second in qualifying at Pine Bluff, Arkansas, with a 4-under par 138 (69-69).
After qualifying for the U.S. Amateur, competed for Peru in the Pan Am Games, placing 12th at 1-under par 287. Entered event ranked 843rd in the World Amateur rankings, but played very well among field consisting on 15 amateurs ranked in the top 500 and five professionals ranked in the top 527.
Had an up-and-down season, averaging 75.35 strokes per round in seven events (20 rounds).
After missing almost two months in the spring with an injury, had an outstanding performance at the NCAA Lubbock Regional, finishing a career-best T-14 at 1-under par 212 (72-75-65).
His final-round 65 was a career-low score and the tied for the fourth-lowest score in school history.
It also tied for the lowest round by a Purdue player in NCAA Championship play and his 212 was the fifth-best, 54-hole score by a Purdue player in NCAA action.
Recorded top-30 finishes at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational (T-28) and Sagamore Fall Preview (T-20).
Recorded a counting score in 13.0 of his 20.0 rounds on the season (.650) and had three rounds at or under par.
Shot a 67 in the second round of the Windon Memorial Classic. His two rounds in the 60s were tied for second on the team.
Named to the Big Ten All-Academic Team, boasting a 3.25 cumulative GPA.
2013-14 / AS A FRESHMAN
Joined the team at the semester break, appearing in four tournaments as well as the Big Ten Match Play Championship.
Recorded a stroke average on 74.75 in 12 rounds, the 13th-lowest stroke average for a Purdue freshman since 1992.
Finished a career-best T-26th at the Boilermaker Invitational in April (73-79-70=222; +6). His 2-under par 70 in the final round was the lowest 18-hole score of his career.
Led the team in final-round scoring average (72.00).
Was ranked as high as No. 142 in the World Golf Amateur rankings. At the time of his ranking, was ranked as the 11th-highest high schooler in the world.
Finished 15th at the 2013 AJGA Thunderbird Invitational in Arizona, one of the most prestigious junior events in the country.
Was the first-round leader with a 6-under par 66 in the only AJGA event he played in.
Competed in the 2012 and 2013 Peru Open.
Majoring in economics.
Born June 21, 1995.
Son of Fernando Barco and Josefina Leon.
Did not start playing golf until the age of 13; father picked it up at the same time as him.
Has a brother, Ignacio.