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Men's Golf Team Takes A Week Off Before ACC Championships
Courtesy: Maryland Athletics
Release: 04/10/2000

April 10, 2000

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland senior Keith Unikel (Potomac, Md.) fired back-to-back rounds of 68 and recorded the best score of his college career last weekend to capture medalist honors in a single-hole playoff at the Furman Intercollegiate in Greenville, S.C. Unikel, an All-ACC performer in 1999 who leads the 2000 Terrapins alongside fellow senior Gary Mankulish (Laurel, Md.), posted the first tournament title of his career by overcoming a three-stroke deficit entering the final round of competition. Unikel, second after 36 holes behind Virginia's James Driscoll, shot 68 in his final round to pull even with Driscoll after 54 holes. He beat Driscoll in a playoff to capture Maryland's first individual title since Miguel Rivera won the same tournament, in another playoff, last season. Maryland, after completing five tournaments this spring, takes a week off before participating in the annual Atlantic Coast Conference Golf Championships next weekend, April 21-23.

Terps Third At Furman Paced by Keith Unikel's seven-under par 209 (73-68-68), Maryland moved from ninth-place to third after two rounds of play, and held on to trail Virginia and East Tennessee State in the final results. Unikel mastered the course with the first pair of 68s in his college career, and sophomore Corey Brigham (Rumson, N.J.) finished 11th (221, +5). Freshman Dan MacDonald (Plandome, N.Y.) shot 227 (+11) in his first college springtime competition to place 39th, one stroke ahead of senior Gary Mankulish who shot +12 and finished 43rd. Freshman Vertti Iso-Ahola (Upper Marlboro, Md.) finished at +18 in his second college tournament.

History In The Making At ACC Championships? Hoping to ride the experienced play of seniors Unikel and Mankulish, the Maryland men's golf team takes part in next week's ACC Championships, hoping to better a sixth-place finish in 1999 which was the Terps' best finish since ending fifth in 1996. But for Tom Hanna's senior duo, history could be made at Uwharrie Point. Last year, Unikel was Maryland's first all-conference selection since 1994, and just the fourth ever from the Terrapin program. Should Unikel post All-ACC honors again next week, he will become the first two-time All-ACC recipient in Maryland history. Further, if Mankulish should join him on an All-ACC pedestal, it would mark the first time since Mike Pratt and Roger Simpkins in 1976 that the Terps have ever placed two members on the All-ACC men's golf squad.


Maryland Men's Golf Spring 2000 Statistics
Name	          Trn. Rds. Top 10 -Par Par 60's Low Rd. High Rd. Strokes Avg.
Keith Unikel	    5  14       1    4   0   2    68 (2)   75 (1)  1,015  72.50
Gary Mankulish	    5  14       3    3   4   1    69 (1)   79 (1)  1,020  72.85
Corey Brigham	    5  14	0    2   3   0    70 (1)   80 (1)  1,036  74.00
Dan MacDonald	    1   3	0    0   0   0    75 (2)   77 (1)    227  75.67
Vertti Iso-Ahola    2   6	0    1   0   0    71 (1)   81 (3)    455  75.83
Philip Fenstermaker 2   5	0    0   0   0    73 (1)   79 (1)    382  76.40
John Moheyer	    3   8	0    0   0   0    73 (1)   83 (1)    622  77.75
Scott Ehrlich	    2   6	0    0   0   0    73 (2)   83 (1)    472  78.67
Team Totals	    5  56	4   10   7   3    68 (2)   83 (2)  4,123  73.62


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