Unikel's back-nine shooting wins medal 33 helps earn victory in Md. state amateur

June 19, 1998|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

FAIRFAX, VA. — Lack of knowledge about the back nine of Baltimore Country Club's East Course did not seem to bother Keith Unikel yesterday.

Seeing most of that portion of the course for the first time, the University of Maryland junior shot 2-under-par 33 to complete a 2-under 68 and win the qualifying medal in the 77th annual men's amateur championship of the Maryland State Golf Association.

Three others -- Kirk Lombardi, Pat Tallent and Jeff Graf -- had 69s to better par of 35-3570 on the rolling 6,681-yard layout. From a field of 120 starters, the cutoff for the 32-man match-play bracket was 75, with 11 players going for five places.

Two qualifiers out of the two-hole playoff were Baltimoreans Bob Kaestner and Serge Hogg, who joined other locals Justin Klein (71), Mike McShane (72), Jamie Geilenkirchen (72), Larry Storck (72), and Rick Riddle (74) in the championship.

Unikel finished with five birdies, with the longest putt an 18-footer at the 18th green. Of his three bogeys, one came at the sloping ninth green where his tee shot at the 194-yard uphill test finished above the hole.

Chuasiriporn romps

FAIRFAX, Va. -- Jenny Chuasiriporn of Timonium posted a final-round 3-under-par 69 and successfully defended her women's Eastern Amateur championship at Army Navy Country Club.

The Duke University senior, who plays from Hunt Valley Golf Club, led wire-to-wire, finishing with a 54-hole total of 212 and winning by 12 strokes over Leland Beckel, of Chevy Chase, and Columbia CC.

Beckel ended with 77--224. Among the others, Andrea Kraus, Pikesville and Woodholme CC, had 82---236, and Jessica Fernandez, Baltimore and Sparrows Point CC, 82--244.

Pub Date: 6/19/98

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