Fred Funk's birdie string, interrupted by rain Tuesday, continued yesterday as the University of Maryland golf coach completed the last four holes of the Templeton Oldsmobile Classic for a 67 that gave him a four-shot victory.
Funk finished with a 36-hole total of 13-under-par 131, followed by Tony DeLuca of Vienna, 68 -- 135.
Gill FitzHugh of Fairfax, who won his fourth Northern Virginia Amateur title last week by eight strokes, won the amateur division here by nine and finished third overall at 69 -- 136, followed by last year's champion, Webb Heintzelman of Montgomery Village, at 69 -- 137, and Chris Peddicord of Woodmont, 69 -- 138. Mark Long of the University of Maryland was second low amateur, 73 -- 145.
Funk, who led by three after an opening-round 64, made four straight birdies on holes 11-14 Tuesday to open up a four-shot lead over DeLuca with four holes remaining when rain halted play for the day.
Yesterday, Funk birdied his first hole (the 15th) for his fifth in a row. He had a six-foot putt for birdie on the next hole, missed, but was in control to the finish to earn $2,054.
"I was just keeping it in play all the time, and I'm starting to make some putts," said Funk, 31, who had 14 birdies and an eagle in 36 holes. He said he laid off golf for a week recently after his third straight U.S. Open, and came to this event refreshed.
DeLuca, who was tied with Funk after 27 holes, said he "had a chance to put some heat on," but missed a couple of short birdie putts Tuesday.