WILLIAMSBURG, AUG. 25 -- University of Maryland golf coach Fred Funk made four straight birdies and six in all for a second-round 67 today that gave him a whopping eight-shot lead heading into the final round of the 54-hole Middle Atlantic PGA Championship at Golden Horseshoe.

Funk, the section's leading money winner, is at 6-under-par 136. Closest pursuer Fred Gibson of East Potomac in Washington has 71 -- 144.

"Fred, you're taking all the fun out of it," said playing companion Wheeler Stewart, after Funk rolled in a five-foot putt on the 11th hole for his fourth straight birdie.

There was little fun to be had for the rest of the field. Mike Wynn of Evergreen, who led Funk by two shots after an opening 67, double-bogeyed the third hole after hitting a weak chip shot, and was 5 over par after four holes. He struggled to 78 and a tie for third at 145 with Jack Snyder of Palmyra, Va. (72 today).

"I kept hitting it in the trees," said Wynn, the 1982 champion. "I had it going in all directions."

Stewart of Belle Haven in Alexandria (70-81 -- 151), Wynn (67-78) and Mark Helffrich of Chevy Chase (70-80 -- 150) all played in Funk's lead group and all shot at least 10 strokes more than their opening round.

"I was trying to take it one shot at a time and it worked," said Funk, 31, who last month won his second Maryland Open and then beat PGA Tour player Denis Watson to win the Erie (Pa.) Open, a $13,000 payday. This month he led the national PGA after 21 holes.

"We saw some {high} numbers just in our group," Funk added. "I wanted to avoid those. They made me aware of how quick it is to make a number. I don't want to say it's mine yet. It's too good a golf course for that. It feels good, but I've still got to go out and do my thing."

He whistled a 4-iron second shot 170 yards against the wind to 15 feet from the hole at the 10th and made the putt. At 11, he hit a 6-iron approach five feet from the cup. "I hit that just the way I wanted it," said Funk. "I'm happy."

A.J. Duncan of Fredericksburg was in fifth place with 73 -- 147, followed at 148 by past winner Woody FitzHugh of Great Falls, Va. (74), Rod Thompson of Kenwood (74), Joe Max of Woodmont (78) and Mike Moyers of Stanardsville, Va. (73).

Defending champion Larry Ringer, golf coach at the Naval Academy, shot 73 for 149.

Bill Sporre of Crofton (77 -- 150) leads the seniors division.

U.S. Amateur:

Randy Reifers, 39, and Jim McGovern, 22, posted 2-under-par 70s in Jupiter, Fla., to share the first-round lead in the 87th championship.

Reifers is a furniture manufacturer's representative with a wife and two children in Dublin, Ohio. McGovern, of Oradell, N.J., is a senior at Old Dominion University who has spent most of his summer golfing.

They played the Village Course, considered the less difficult of the two Jupiter Hills Country Club courses used for the 36-hole medal-play portion of the tournament. The other is the Hills Course, where all of the match play segment will be contested. Kevin Johnson of Pembroke, Mass., and Nicholas DeKock of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, shot 71s on the Hills.

Gary Nicklaus had a 79 but his gallery was the largest of the day because it included his famous father Jack, who won this event in 1959 and 1961.