HAGERSTOWN, MD., JULY 8 -- University of Maryland golf coach Fred Funk erased second-round leader Webb Heintzelman's four-shot lead in seven holes, finished with a 65 and cruised to a seven-shot victory and his second Maryland Open championship today at Fountain Head.
Funk, 31, who also won in 1983, had a 54-hole total of 7-under-par 205, lowest since the tournament went to three rounds in the 1950s. It also was the best score in five tournaments held here. Funk, who won the Templeton Oldmobile Classic last week, won $2,200.
Heintzelman, whose putter turned cold in the final round, finished second at 76 -- 212, and won $1,400.
"I just let it get away from myself," said Heintzelman, of Montgomery Village. "He played real good. I just wish I could have made it a little closer."
Marty West of Rockville and Columbia Country Club finished at 69 and was low amateur, tied at 213 with pro Fred Gibson of East Potomac, who had a 70. Glen Barrett of Glenn Dale was fifth at 70 -- 214, followed by amateur David Anthony of Lakewood, 67 -- 216.
"It turned out a lot better than I thought it would," Funk said. "I just wanted to play solid and see if Webb would come back. I didn't want to get too aggressive. Webb controlled his own destiny. If he got off to a good start, it was all over."
Heintzelman three-putted four of his first seven holes, and after Funk rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt at No. 7 and Heintzelman bogeyed there, Funk held a one-shot advantage.
It got worse for Heintzelman, last year's Middle Atlantic PGA player of the year who has not won this season. Funk pulled away with birdies on 11 through 14.
After Funk made his second straight birdie at the 12th hole to go up by three, Heintzelman hooked his tee shot out of bounds on the 13th. He did well to make bogey, but Funk birdied and led by five. Funk hit an excellent approach shot four feet from the flag and birdied 14 to open a six-shot advantage and all but assure the victory.
Funk, who has won $4,200 in two weeks and scored in the 60s in four of his last five rounds, was asked whether he would try for the PGA Tour this fall. "I don't know yet," said Funk, who has played in three straight U.S. Opens. "That's a big commitment. I'd have to drop what I've got. I'm happy at Maryland."