Keith Unikel
Keith Unikel

Player Profile

Potomac, Md.

High School:


On Unikel: Recognized as one of fastest rising golfers in the nation … All-ACC selection in 1999 … first Maryland golfer since 1994 to gain the distinction … named to the GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-District second team after earning a 3.46 GPA while majoring in finance … three-year letterwinner … another local product … has competed in every tournament of his collegiate career except one … has the best all-around game on the Terp squad … individual with the ability to take his skills to the professional level … another strong candidate for All-ACC honors.

Fall 1999: Tied for third place (71-71-72--214) to lead the Terps to a team title at the Chattanooga Intercollegiate … finished four strokes back from teammate John Moheyer for the individual title … posted an even-par 72 in the final round of the Cavalier Classic to climb to three-over par (73-74-72--219) for the tournament … helped Maryland finish ninth in the event … finished 19th individually … led the Terps to a sixth-place finish at the 54-hole G. Gunby Jordan Intercollegiate at Callaway Gardens Resort, home of the PGA Tour's Buick Challenge … shot a two-over-par final round (70-73-74--217) to finish tied for sixth … posted a six-over-par (74-76-150) performance in the Cleveland Golf/Kiawah Island Intercollegiate … Hurricane Floyd forced the final round to be cancelled … closed out the fall season with a 21st-place finish at 223 (+7) at the Gary Koch/Cleveland Golf Intercollegiate Tournament.

Spring 1999: Led the Terps in four of the eight spring tournaments … tallied seven sub-par rounds and four scores in the 60's … had a team-best and career-best 72.33 average … was the top golfer for the Terps in four of five meets in the fall … recorded eight rounds of sub-par play and three rounds in the 60's … led the team in stroke average with a 72.35 … took second place overall at the G. Gunby Jordan Intercollegiate … finished in sixth place at the ODU/Seascape Invitational … became the youngest champion of the Maryland State Open Championship.

1998: Tied with Miguel Rivera for lead in stroke average in the spring (73.52) … recorded a team best three rounds of 60's play, including spring best low-round score of 68 … tied for ninth place at the Wofford Invitational … placed fourth overall at the Cleveland Golf/Augusta State University Invitational … tied for 15th place at the Pepsi Intercollegiate at Bradford Creek … medalist at the Maryland Amateur Championship.

1997: Finished in fourth place at the Cleveland Golf/Augusta State University Invitational … earned a ninth-place finish at the Wofford Invitational … placed 12th overall at the Pepsi/East Carolina Invitational.

1996: Placed third at the Cleveland Golf/Augusta State University Invitational … finished 13th overall at the Palmetto Classic … … medalist at the USGA Junior Amateur Championship Qualifier.

Before Maryland: 1994 and 1995 Maryland state high school player of the year … runner-up at the 1993 and 1994 Bobby Bowers Memorial Tournament … qualifier for the 1993 USGA Junior Amateur Championships … 1992 and 1993 county high school champion … 1994 and 1995 Maryland state high school champion … four-time member of the all-metro team … high school team won the state championship in 1996.

Personal: Born on Oct. 26, 1978 … son of Betsy and Errol Unikel … earned a 3.71 GPA at Winston Churchill High School in Rockville, Md. … four-time ACC honor roll student-athlete … made the Dean's List in both the spring and fall semesters of 1998 … has one brother, Todd (25), and a sister, Jill (22) … Todd played collegiate golf at both Maryland and Emory, while Jill dives for the University of Michigan … lists winning the 1998 Maryland Open championship as his biggest athletic thrill … chose Maryland for its location and admiration of the golf coaches.