Things getting Funky at Amateur

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:31 AM ET

In a field of 310 of the best amateur golfers in the world, Edmonton's Andrew Funk is hanging around the top of the leaderboard, positioning himself for a run at a major championship.

The 20-year-old shot rounds of 71 and 74 in the first two rounds of the United States Amateur, making the cut (top 64 and ties) and advancing to the match play portion of the competition today.

Funk finished the first two days tied for 20th, just five shots behind leader Tim Jackson (68-72-140), but scores from the first two rounds don't count anymore now that they're into the single elimination match play format.

The tournament is being played at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma, site of seven major championships.

Funk, who's currently on a golf scholarship at Drury University in Missouri, shot back-to-back 69s at a sectional qualifier in St. Louis to earn his way into the tournament. He also managed to sneak in a practice round at Southern Hills earlier this summer while visiting his girlfriend, who happens to live in Tulsa.

"It's a tough track," he said. "You have to position your ball really well off the tee otherwise you have no hope."


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