Dave King and Gary Mankulish, tournament-tested veterans, will meet in a 36-hole showdown today at Indian Spring for the District of Columbia Golf Association championship, a title neither has won.
King, of Bethesda, came from behind a defeat defending champion Perky Cullinane of Columbia Country Club on the 20th hole. Mankulish, of Prince Georges, defeated Barry McCarty, Bell Haven, 3 and 2.
King and Mankulish have never met in match plays although they often have teamed in other tournaments and once won the Cumberland four-ball. King, 36, a statistician for the Public Health Service, won the Maryland State Amateur title in 1969 and 1971.
Mankulish, 24, has been runner-up in this tournament twice. He is now in the insurance business.
In morning matches, King got past Tom Walsh, Montgomery Village, 3 and 2; Cullinane defeated Butch Mielke, Crofton, 2 up; McCarty [WORD ILLEGIBLE] Against Cullinane. King won the [WORD ILLEGIBLE] 4, and Mankulish beat Jerry McFerren, 40-year-olf airline pilot, on the 20th. McFerren missed a four-foot [WORD ILLEGIBLE] at the end.
Agagainst Cullinance, King won the [WORD ILLEGIBLE] and 17th with pars to square it. [WORD ILLEGIBLE] halved the 18th.
Cullinane missed a chance to win the first extra hole. He was on the $99[WORD ILLEGIBLE] in two and King, over the green made a poor chip 15feet from the hole. But Cullinane, who had a 50-foot putt, stroked it eight feet past the hole. He three-putted for a bogey and they went to the 20th hole, a 235-yard par-3.
King was over the green on his tee shot and Cullinane was hole high in the trap. King made a beautiful chip, a foot from the hole. Cullinane came out poorly 18 feet away and missed his putt. King tapped in his short putt.
Each had one-over-par 72. Cullinane never caught a bogey until the 15th and from then on he couldn't seem to do anything right.
Mankulish was 2 up on the 19-year-old McCarty after nine and won the 10th with a par. He went four up when he birdied the 11th. He lost the 13th but halved the next three.
Mankulish was one over par in his morning match against McFerren and two over in the afternoon.