May 22, 2000
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland senior Keith Unikel (Potomac, Md.) finished 27th last weekend at the NCAA East Regional at Glenmaura National Golf Course in Moosic, Pa. as the Terrapins' men's golf coach Tom Hanna saw a season, and an era, wind to a close.
Unikel and senior teammate Gary Mankulish (Laurel, Md.) ended a successful four-year run under Hanna while leading the Terps to participation in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season - a feat that no Maryland golfers had accomplished since 1971 and 1972. Unfortunately for all of them, the team fell short of an NCAA bid despite No. 53 and No. 57 final rankings by Golfstat and Golfweek, respectively, the Maryland seniors were selected as the top individuals to represent District III North.
While Mankulish (76-84--160, +18) failed to make the cut after a disastrous second round at Glenmaura, Unikel (76-73-74--223, +10) used a two-over par 73 on the second round to inch back into the rain-soaked competition for one of two coveted individual berths to the NCAA Championships at Opelika, Ala., May 31 to June 3.
Unikel entered the final day of competition just two strokes behind the NCAA individual first- and second-place leaders, and tied for eighth among competitors for individual bids. In the end, he finished tied for sixth among remaining individuals after the top 11 teams had qualified.
In the final results, Unikel finished five strokes behind NCAA individual qualifiers Reg Millage (218) of Virginia Commonwealth and Tennessee's Andrew Pratt (218) - who both fired 60s on Saturday to leap past Unikel in the standings. Unikel led Pratt by one stroke, and Millage by two, heading into Saturday's final round of 18 holes.
Finishing 27th in 2000 after a 26th-place finish in the East Regional in 1999, Unikel may well have successfully qualified for the NCAA Championships if it had not been for a round of 76 in his first 18 holes which began on Thursday, May 18 and didn't conclude until the following morning. For Unikel, it was his highest round of the season and his highest since last September.
Unikel and Mankulish were left on the course with roughly 60 other players on Thursday evening after rain and weather hazards cut play short. Called back the course at 6:45 a.m., the Maryland duo completed their first rounds on Friday morning with identical scores before embarking on an immediate second round which sent them in opposite directions.
Maryland Men's Golf Spring 2000 Statistics - Final
|Name||Trn.||Rds.||Top 10||-Par||Par||60's||Low Rd.||High Rd.||Strokes||Avg.|
|Keith Unikel, Sr.||8||23||3||8||0||3||68 (3)||76 (1)||1,667||72.47|
|Gary Mankulish, Sr.||8||22||4||3||7||1||69 (1)||84 (1)||1,618||73.54|
|Corey Brigham, So.||7||20||0||2||3||0||70 (1)||80 (1)||1,487||74.35|
|Vertti Iso-Ahola, Fr.||3||9||0||1||0||0||71 (1)||83 (1)||687||76.33|
|Philip Fenstermaker, So.||2||5||0||0||0||0||73 (1)||79 (1)||382||76.40|
|John Moheyer, Fr.||5||14||0||0||1||0||72 (1)||83 (1)||1,075||76.78|
|Dan MacDonald, Fr.||2||6||0||0||0||0||75 (2)||82 (1)||466||77.67|
|Scott Ehrlich, So.||2||6||0||0||0||0||73 (2)||83 (1)||472||78.67|
|Team Totals||7||80||7||14||11||4||68 (3)||83 (3)||5,888||73.60|