May 18, 2000
MOOSIC, Pa. - Nearly 13 hours after play began in the NCAA East Region golf tournament this morning at Glenmaura National Golf Club, the first round of action is still incomplete.
Rain and related weather hazards prompted a one hour and 45-minute delay in competition on Thursday afternoon as 12 teams and a half-dozen individuals remained on the soggy course as darkness covered the first round of play. Among those attempting to complete the final nine holes were Maryland seniors Keith Unikel (Potomac, Md.) and Gary Mankulish (Laurel, Md.), seeded first and second among six individual competitors playing without the rest of their teams.
Play is expected to resume early on Friday morning. Unikel and Mankulish were already slated to lead the group of six individual players off the opening tee at 8:15 a.m. on Friday to begin second round action. The tournament is scheduled for 18 holes on each day, but will begin Friday with the conclusion of Thursday's incomplete first round.
Eleven of the 27 teams, and the two lowest-scoring individuals whose teams do not advance, will qualify for next week's NCAA Championships in Opelika, Ala.