May 20, 2000
MOOSIC, Pa. - Maryland senior Keith Unikel (Potomac, Md.) fired a 74 on his final round of 18 holes Saturday in the NCAA Golf East Regional at Glenmaura National Golf Course. After shooting 76 and 73 in his first two rounds and sitting two strokes behind the coveted No. 2 individual position to qualify for next week's NCAA Championships, Unikel couldn't overcome the difference and finished at 10-over par for the tournament.
After making the cut after two rounds and moving from a first round standing of No. 58, to No. 26 after Friday's second round, Unikel (76-73-74--223, +10) was in position to contend on the final day of competition. He finished in 27th place overall, compared to his No. 24 position in last season's NCAA East Regional at Providence, R.I.
Unikel, with senior teammate Gary Mankulish (76-84--160) who did not make the cut into Saturday's final round, helped re-direct the Maryland men's golf program during their four years under coach Tom Hanna. They helped guide the Terps to the NCAA regionals as juniors in what was Maryland's first NCAA participation since 1994. And as seniors while the entire rest of the Maryland roster was comprised of first-year freshmen and sophomores, Unikel and Mankulish nearly carried the squad into the NCAA qualification for a second straight season. Instead, the senior duo was selected to regional competition as top individuals.
Elsewhere in the tournament, Clemson won the team title while Georgia's Michael Morrison won medalist honors.