Gary Mankulish
Gary Mankulish

Player Profile

Laurel, Md.

High School:



On Mankulish: Co-captain of team … recognized as one of the fastest rising golfers in the nation … competed in the 1999 U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach … advanced to the round of 32 before getting knocked off by two-time All-American Bryce Molder in 21 holes … held a three-hole lead against the Georgia Tech star after 14 holes, but Molder knotted the match on the 18th … defeated teammate Keith Unikel (3 and 2) in the qualifying round … along with Unikel, he is one of two seniors on the Maryland team … a main reason for the Terps' turnaround over the last few years … a three-year letterwinner … has competed in all but one tournament since arriving at Maryland …by far the longest hitter on the team … also has the ability to shoot extremely low scores when his short game is on as evident in the 1998 G. Gunby Jordan Intercollegiate where he closed with a final round 65 on a PGA course … won Collegiate Players Championship at Maryland (65-74-69--208) in 1997 … local product.

Fall 1999: Helped Maryland advance to NCAA Regional play for the first time since 1994 … finished eighth with a two-over-par performance at the G. Gunby Jordan Intercollegiate to start off his senior season … teamed with Unikel to lead the Terps to a sixth place finish … shot a two-under-par 70 in the opening round … took third place (69-71--140) at the 1999 Cleveland Golf/Kiawah Island Intercollegiate (formerly the Palmetto Classic) when the third round was cancelled due to Hurricane Floyd … finished only four strokes behind the leader … finished seventh (76-72-70--218) at the Chattanooga Intercollegiate to help the Terps to the team title … one of three Maryland golfers to finish in the top 10 … ended the fall with a 15th-place performance at the Gary Koch/Cleveland Golf Intercollegiate Tournament … 13 of the 15 schools participating in the event also played in the 1999 NCAA men's golf regionals.

Spring 1999: Finished the spring with the second-lowest stroke average (73.8) on the team … shots five sub-par rounds during the season … competed in all eight tournaments … notched two top 10 finishes … took third at the Pepsi Intercollegiate with a sub-par (71-72-71--214) performance in the three-day event … helped the Terps to finish third of 25 teams … placed sixth (70-70-74--214) at the Wofford Invitational to help Maryland to third place of 13 teams … shot a season-best tying two-under-par 70 in both the first and second rounds … began the spring season with 13th-place finish at the UNC Charlotte Birkdale Classic … tied for the team-high with 24 rounds played.

1998: Competed in every tournament in the fall … finished with the third best stroke average on the team (74.07) … placed in a tie for 17th at the G. Gunby Jordan Intercollegiate with a fall best four-over-par 220 … finished in a tie for 24th place at the Palmetto Intercollegiate Golf Classic … participated in six of Maryland's seven spring tournaments … finished fourth on the team in stroke average with a 75.44 … tied for 23rd place at the Wofford Invitational.

1997: Finished in fifth place at the UT Chattanooga Collegiate Invitational … placed sixth overall at the ODU/Seascape Invitational … Collegiate Player's Tournament champion, which was held at the University of Maryland.

1996: Finished in third place at the Bubby Worsham Memorial tournament.

Before Maryland: Two-time letterwinner for golf at Laurel High School in Laurel, Md. … captain both years … Prince George's County high school champion in 1993 and 1994 … champion at the 1993 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship qualifier.

Personal: Born on March 30, 1976 … son of Rhonda Woofter and Gary Mankulish … majoring in criminal justice … aspires to play on the PGA Tour … majoring in criminology and criminal justice … father used to play on the Maryland golf team … lists his late golf coach, Bill Strausbaugh, Jr., as the person he most admires … has two sisters: Christy (28) and Lori (20).