March 27, 2000
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland men's golf team travels to the fabled Forest Hills Golf Club this weekend for competition in the Cleveland Invitational, hosted by Augusta State University. The Terps are among 19 teams at Augusta this week, revisiting the 6,875-yard, par 72 course at which Maryland finished in sixth place last season. Play begins with 36 holes on Saturday, April 1, and concludes on Sunday, April 2.
The Terps, led by seniors Keith Unikel (Potomac, Md.) and Gary Mankulish (Laurel, Md.) at last week's Birkdale Classic, take part in the Pepsi Intercollegiate on Friday and Saturday, March 17 an 18, at the 6,976-yard Bradford Creek Golf Course in Greenville, N.C. A quick trip to nearby Aiken, S.C., has the Terps participating in the Cleveland Golf Championships at the 6,380-yard Palmetto Golf Course on Monday and Tuesday, March 20 and 21.
Terps 11th At Palmetto
Maryland finished 11th out of 15 schools at the Cleveland Golf Championships last week at Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken, S.C. The Terps were paced for the second straight tournament by senior Gary Mankulish (Laurel, Md.) whose 10th place finish was just one stroke better than senior teammate Keith Unikel (Potomac, Md.), who placed 14th.
Terps 5th At Bradford Creek
Two days prior to the Terps' trip to South Carolina, Maryland finished fifth of 20 competing teams at the Pepsi Intercollegiate at Bradford Creek Golf Course in Greenville, N.C.
In a tournament shortened to just 36 holes by inclement weather, Gary Mankulish blistered the 6,934-yard course with a pair of one-under 71s, finishing one stroke behind medalist Mike Sabo of Miami-Ohio. Mankulish's second-place showing marked the highest finish of his career. Keith Unikel was just three strokes back and tied for 17th.
Maryland finished four strokes behind Purdue, in fourth place, and 12 in back of Virginia Commonwealth and Virginia Tech, who tied for the team championship. The Terps were paced by a balanced showing behind Mankulish and Unikel. Freshman John Moheyer had his strongest showing of the spring with a 73-74 to finish two strokes behind Unikel and tie for 31st. Phillip Fenstermaker (Rockville, Md.) finished 56th in his first spring competition. Corey Brigham, after a par 72 in his first round, shot 80 in his second round to finish 67th.
Mankulish On Pace
Firing five straight rounds of 73 or better, Gary Mankulish has streaked to the Maryland lead with a 72.38 stroke average after three tournaments. Mankulish's second-place finish in the Pepsi Intercollegiate was his best finish of the season. In the two tournaments combined, Mankulish shot 71-71-71-71-73, posting a 71.4 average.
Unikel Just Four Strokes Back
While Mankulish is enjoying the beginning of his finest spring at Maryland, Keith Unikel is only four strokes behind his senior teammate through three tournaments, and boasts a 72.88 average. Last season's spring resulted in a 72.33 average for Unikel, on the way to All-ACC accolades. Like Mankulish, Unikel has been remarkably consistent. His eight rounds this spring ? 74, 74, 74, 71, 74, 73, 73, 70.
Maryland Men's Golf Spring 2000 Statistics
|Name||Trn.||Rds.||Top 10||-Par||Par||60's||Low Rd.||High Rd.||Strokes||Avg.|
|Gary Mankulish, Sr.||3||8||2||3||2||0||70 (1)||79 (1)||579||72.38|
|Keith Unikel, Sr.||3||8||0||2||0||0||70 (1)||74 (4)||583||72.88|
|Corey Brigham, So.||3||8||0||1||1||0||70 (1)||80 (1)||600||75.00|
|John Moheyer, Fr.||3||8||0||0||0||0||73 (1)||83 (1)||622||77.75|
|Scott Ehrlich, So.||2||6||0||0||0||0||73 (2)||83 (1)||472||78.67|
|Philip Fenstermaker, So.||1||2||0||0||0||0||73 (1)||77 (1)||150||75.00|
|Team Totals||3||32||2||6||3||0||70 (3)||83 (2)||2,370||74.06|