Unikel finishes fast, leads Amateur qualifying

He has 5-under 66, leads Rivera by 2, Angelo by 3

June 16, 2000|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HAGERSTOWN - Keith Unikel made five birdies over the final nine holes, and the resulting 66 gave him a two-stroke advantage on the field partway through the qualifying round for the Maryland State Amateur championship at Fountain Head Country Club yesterday.

A midafternoon thunderstorm forced a suspension of play, and the round will be concluded this morning.

It will be followed by the first round of match play.

Unikel, a former Maryland Open winner from Potomac, was one of three among the 52 finishers to break par of 71.

Maguel Rivera of Bel Air birdied three successive holes in the middle of his round of 68, followed by Nic Angelo of Catonsville, who chipped in at the last hole for a 69.

Unikel, who has been using a STX long putter for only the past week, reached three of the par-5s in two and two-putted four birdies, made a 33-foot putt for another birdie and ended with 13 back-nine putts and a total of 30.

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