Mankulish, Ausherman gain U.S. Amateur field in playoff

Marylanders fill last spots

Terps' Unikel is alternate

July 27, 1999|By SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WESTMINSTER -- Gary Mankulish Jr., a University of Maryland senior from Laurel, and Derek Ausherman, a Southern Mississippi sophomore from Middletown, each parred the first extra hole to claim the last two berths during qualifying for the 99th U.S. Amateur championship at Wakefield Valley Golf Club yesterday.

The two were survivors of a three-for-two playoff, with Keith Unikel of Potomac, another Maryland senior, relegated to first alternate. All had 36-hole totals of 143. With four spots available for the 92 starters, Clayton Uselton, a businessman from Tullahoma, Tenn., and Chris Mundorf, 23, a North Carolina State junior from Greensboro, N.C., tied for the medal with 3-under-par 141s.

Five morning birdies set up the 69 by Ausherman, 19, and he was solid in the afternoon until making bogeys at the last two holes. Mankulish opened with a 75, then dipped 3 under par, and climbed into the tie with a 20-foot birdie putt at the ninth green, his final hole.

Qualifiers: Clayton Uselton, Tullahoma, Tenn., 74-67--141; Chris Mundorf, Greensboro, N.C., 69-72--141; x-Gary Mankulish Jr., Laurel, 75-68--143; x-Derek Ausherman, Middletown, 69-74--143.

Alternates: z-Keith Unikel, Potomac, 73-70--143; Rick LaRose, Tucson, Ariz., 74-70--144; William McGirt III, Fairmont, N.C., 72-72--144; Wes Pierce, Erwin, N.C., 72-72--144. Area scorers included: David Livermore, Reisterstown, 71-74--145; Bart DeLuca, Baltimore, 76-70--146; Miguel Rivera, Bel Air, 70-76--146; Tim Dilli, Baltimore, 73-77--150; Keith Janecek, White Hall, 76-75--151; Mike Panos, Columbia, 81-70--151; Phil Fairbanks, Columbia, 76-75--151. x-won playoff; z-lost playoff

* MAPGA Assistants: Mark Evenson of Suburban Club shot 5-under-par 67 and took a one-stroke lead halfway through the annual championship at Queenstown Harbor Golf Links.

Pete Regala Jr. of Glen Burnie Golf Center and Scott Seymour of Alexandria, Va., were at 68, trailed by Wayne DeFrancesco, Woodholme CC, and Mike Grant, Boonsboro, Va., at 69.

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