Fred Funk of Laurel will take time off from the PGA Tour and shoot for his fourth straight Middle Atlantic PGA championship. The three-day, 54-hole tournament starts Monday, Aug. 27, in Williamsburg.

This year will be the first time three courses will be utilized. Played for the last five years at Golden Horseshoe, the tournament will open this year at Kingsmill. The second round will be at Golden Horseshoe and Wednesday's final round is scheduled for Ford's Colony.

Funk, who easily won his first two MAPGA championships by 10 strokes each, was forced into a playoff last year against Tom Lernihan of Aquia Harbor before scoring his third straight win.

Funk, former University of Maryland golf coach, has won $131,535.87 in his second year on the PGA Tour. His best finish was fifth in the Buick Open in late July, as he earned $40,000.

Bob Boyd of Rockville's Woodmont, who won $14,000 in the recent PGA championship and prior to that shot a 62 enroute to winning the Maryland Open, is also in the field. Another entrant will be John McNaney of Columbia, one of the hottest MAPGA pro-am golfers this season.

Legends at Bowie

Golfing legend Sam Snead will join fellow senior golfers Julus Boros, Bobby Nichols, Doug Ford, Jerry Barber and George Bayer in the Mark Vogel Companies Sam Snead Classic on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Bowie Golf and Country Club.

A clinic and exhibition start things at 10 a.m., followed by an 11:30 shotgun start. For further information, call the Hospice of Prince George's County at 499-0550.

USL Classic at Avenel

Boyd and Webb Heintzelman, PGA Tour pro from Cabin John, are among 20 area pros scheduled to compete in the United Services Life Classic at Avenel, Sept. 24-25. The field is a mix of Middle Atlantic pros, Senior PGA Tour pros, military champions and amateurs. Senior PGA Tour player Harold Henning edged Heintzelman to win last year.

Jim Cangiano of Dickerson and Holly Hills Country Club, winner of the Washington Metropolitan Golf Association Junior Open, the Bowers and the Middle Atlantic Junior, is odds-on favorite to be named junior of the year following the Tournament of Junior Champions at Kenwood, Sunday, Aug. 26. . . . Rains forced the Aug. 9 Middle Atlantic PGA-sponsored Nordlinger Cup junior tournament to be postponed until Friday, Aug. 31, at Woodlawn.

Up to Par

Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien, who shot even par on the final day to win the $75,000 first prize in the recent $400,000 Celebrity Golf Championships in Stateline, Nev., will join Jeff Bostic, Chip Lohmiller and former Bullet Kevin Grevey in the March of Dimes annual Celebrity Golf Classic at Tantallon on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Last year's event raised $88,000. . . .

The second Richard J. Fox Memorial tournament is set for Friday, Sept. 14, at Indian Spring, with proceeds to benefit prostrate cancer reserach at Georgetown University Medical Center. Former Pittsburgh Steelers standout Rocky Bleier, the national spokesperson for Prostrate Cancer Awareness week (Sept. 16-22), is scheduled to play. For additional information or to register, call Cecelia Fullam at 784-4483. . . .

Top amateur golfers in the the East will play in the 72-hole Middle Atlantic Amateur championships, Oct. 4-7, at Woodholme Country Club in Pikesville. David Partridge is defending champion.