WILLIAMSBURG, AUG. 24 -- Mike Wynn shot 67, equalling the Golden Horseshoe course record set 20 years ago by Jack Nicklaus, to take the first-round lead in the 54-hole Middle Atlantic PGA Championship today.

Two shots back is University of Maryland golf coach Fred Funk, the MAPGA's leading money-winner.

At 70 are Wheeler Stewart, former MAPGA and Maryland Open champion from Belle Haven in Alexandria; Joe Max of Woodmont in Rockville, and Mark Helffrich of Chevy Chase Club.

Next at 73 are Washington-area players Pete Van Pelt of Woodlawn, Fred Gibson of East Potomac, Paul Mosca of Heritage Harbor and Bill Sporre of Crofton, along with John McNaney of Baltimore and Jack Snyder of Palmyra, Va.

Wynn, head pro at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, Va., had seven one-putt greens for a 4-under-par 31 on his final nine holes.

Wynn -- winner of this event in 1982 at Hobbits Glen, the last time it was not played here -- took only 11 putts on the back nine, where he made six birdies and one bogey.

The former University of Houston golfer began his round with bogey after hitting his approach shot into a sand trap, but followed that with a 20-foot birdie at the second hole and finished the front nine in par 36.

In addition to his six birdies on the back nine, Wynn made two 15-foot putts to save par. He completed his round with a 10-foot birdie putt at the difficult par-4 finishing hole, which meted out several double and triple bogeys. Nicklaus' mark was set with the tees all the way back in a 1967 exhibition, three years after the course opened. Today's tee settings were not quite as severe.

Funk led the national PGA Championship after 21 holes earlier this month in Florida. Today, he chipped into the cup for eagle on the second hole and added three birdies, but also bogeyed three holes, including his final one.

"There are certain guys to beat here," said Funk. "I think I'm one of them. I'm not playing as good as I was in July {when he won his second Maryland Open}. The game was easy there for a while." Shortly after winning the Maryland Open, Funk won $13,000 and the Erie (Pa.) Open, beating PGA Tour player Denis Watson in a playoff.

Funk, playing in this event for only the second time, said Golden Horseshoe is a "great golf course. This is as good as any course I've ever played, for difficulty and beauty. The par 3s are ridiculous. They are great holes."

Defending champion Larry Ringer, head coach at the Naval Academy, struggled to a 76. Ringer, a two-time Maryland Open winner, was experiencing back problems.

Woody FitzHugh of Great Falls, Va., finished with 74.