Dulaney finishes 2nd at states


COLLEGE PARK -- The runners-up at yesterday's Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association State Golf Tournament weren't impressed with the second-place awards they won at the University of Maryland Golf Course.

Arundel senior Paul Wills, who finished second to medalist winner Keith Unikel of Winston Churchill, echoed the sentiments of Dulaney's runner-up squad when he said: "I didn't come here to finish second."

After helping the Wildcats win back-to-back state titles his freshman and sophomore years, Wills, struggled on his short putts and finished two strokes behind the leader with 73-74147.

Unikel, who shared the lead with Wills after the first round, finished the day with a 1-over-par 72.

The only person to shoot better than Unikel was Dulaney's Brendon McKinney, who after shooting an 80 in the first round, shot a 1-under-par 70, which helped put his Lions in a sudden-death playoff with Sherwood of Montgomery County (626).

The four-on-four playoff lasted only one hole as Sherwood's Tommy Eisenacher sank an 18-footer for par and McKinney found the woods on his tee shot and double-bogeyed the par-4 No. 1 hole.

"I'm sure Brendon feels real bad right now for double-bogeying but he shouldn't because he was the one that put us in it with his 70," said Dulaney's Jon Steckler (81-82163). "He shouldn't feel bad at all."

Brendon's brother, Ryan, helped the Lions' cause by turning in two 75s and John Allard rounded out Dulaney's score with 79-84163.

Michael Priddy was Randallstown's lone entrant and represented the Rams well, turning in rounds of 77-78155. Jamie Gerlenkinchen of Perry Hall shot 78 both days.

"There were four teams within a heartbeat of winning this and the kids came here all excited because they knew they were in the hunt," said Dulaney coach Chuck Klimek. "It's got to be disappointing for the kids but they have a lot to be proud of. It all came down to one long putt and that kid from Sherwood sank it."

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