University of Maryland golf coach Fred Funk, after birdieing four straight holes early on the back nine, had a four-shot lead with four holes remaining at Loudoun when rain halted play for the day in the final round of the 36-hole Templeton Oldsmobile Open yesterday.
Funk was one of 16 golfers in the field who didn't finish. They'll return this morning at 7:30 and play the last four holes.
Funk, who had a three-shot lead after a Monday opening-round 64, was 4 under par through 14 holes for his round yesterday when severe thunderstorms deluged the course.
Tony DeLuca of Vienna, playing in Funk's group, was in second.
"It's fine. There's nothing we can do about it," said Funk. After he tries to win the $2,054 Templeton first prize this morning, he'll drive to Williamsburg and attempt to qualify for next week's PGA Tour Anheuser-Busch Classic there.
Funk is 12 under par for the tournament, DeLuca is 8 under and defending champion Webb Heintzelman of Montgomery Village, Trevor Patmore of Woodlawn and amateur Gill FitzHugh of Army Navy are 6 under. Heintzelman has four holes left and FitzHugh and Patmore have three.
DeLuca shot the front nine in 3-under 32 to Funk's even-par 35, creating a tie for the lead.
Funk then reeled off birdies on holes 11, 12, 13 and 14. Just after sinking a short putt at the 14th hole to open up a four-shot lead on DeLuca, the storm hit. After a wait of more than an hour, play was halted.
Mike Moyers of Stanardsville, Va., is the leader in the clubhouse at 74-67 -- 141, 3 under par, followed by Woody FitzHugh of Dranesville, 74-68 -- 142.
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David Patterson of Baltimore's Dulaney High School shot a 75 to lead the qualifying round of the tournament at Fairfax. Patterson, last year's junior of the year, will start match play today at 8:28 a.m. against Michael Roosevelt of Good Counsel, who shot an 84.