Fred Funk, University of Maryland golf coach, shot three-under-par 67 today for a 36-hole total of 135 and a five-stroke lead going into Wednesday's final round of the 63rd Maryland Open at Suburban Club.

Funk leads Fred Gibson of Washingtonian (71-69), Gary Marlowe of Woodmont (68-72) and amateur David Nocar of Chartwell (72-68).

Funk made birdies on holes 7, 8 and 9 for a front nine of four-under-par 31. He went five under par with a six-foot birdie putt at the 12th hole but then bogeyed the 15th and 17th holes.

"I just wanted to get a big lead, but I lost it a little at the end, " said Funk, 27, who has won five pro-ams in his first year of eligibility for the Middle Atlantic PGA Tour. "I struggled a little bit with my driver, but I hit some real good iron shots. Actually, I hit the ball better yesterday (in his opening-round 68) but I scored worse."

Funk, carrying his own bag, at one point was threatening the Suburban course record of 63. But he rimmed out a six-foot birdie putt that would have put him six under par at the par-3 13th hole.