April 24, 2000
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - As the regular season winds to a close and teams prepare for NCAA Regional assignments in May, the Maryland men's golf team sets its sights this week on Spartanburg, S.C., where the Terrapins will compete at the Wofford Invitational. Hosted at the 6,675-yard, par 72 Carolina Country Club, Maryland finished third out of 13 teams at last year's event, with Gary Mankulish (Laurel, Md.) shooting two-under par to finished sixth overall.
Action in Spartanburg begins with 36 holes on Friday, April 28. The final round of play is slated for Saturday, April 29.
Terps Eighth At ACC Championships
Keith Unikel (Potomac, Md.) shot one-under par in the final round of the Atlantic Coast Conference men's golf championships to rise from 13th to 10th on the final day of competition from the Old North State Golf Course at Uwharrie Point. Unikel, matching the same 71 that he shot in Friday's first round, finished the three-day tournament one-over par to lead Maryland to an eighth-place finish.
Unikel (71-75-71--217, +1) was the only Terrapin to shoot par for the tournament. Winning medalist honors overall was Georgia Tech All-American Bryce Molder who shot back-to-back rounds of 67 in the final two days of the tournament.
As a team, Clemson shot 10-under par on Sunday to roar to a championship from their position in third place entering the final 18 holes. The Tigers' charge catapulted them past NC State and defending champion Georgia Tech who had been first and second through two days. The top seven finishers in the tournament all came from those three schools.
Elsewhere for the Terps, Gary Mankulish shot two-over par 74 on Sunday to finish in 22nd place at six-over par. Freshman John Moheyer (Lima, Ohio) shot 76 for the second straight day to finish 31st at 10-over par. Sophomore Corey Brigham (Rumson, N.J.) finished 35th and freshman Dan MacDonald (Plandome, N.Y.) was 42nd.
Academic All-America Candidate
Keith Unikel has not only paced the Terrapins on the course during his junior and senior seasons, he has done in the classroom, as well. An All-ACC selection last spring with a team-best 72.33 stroke average, Unikel was a GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-District selection in 1999. Similarly, Unikel will receive Academic All-America nomination again during his senior season. Honors are announced in June.
NCAA Selections Looming
Selection for the 2000 NCAA Men's Golf championships will be made on Tuesday, May 9. Final regional rankings will be determined on Monday, May 8.
Maryland, 17th last season at the NCAA East Regional in Providence, R.I., is hoping for a return trip to NCAA Regional competition. This season's East Regional will be held at Glenmaura National Golf Club in Moosic, Pa., May 18-20. A Terrapin selection to the tournament would mark the ninth year that Maryland has participated in NCAA postseason play.