Funk, Sughrue Pace Amateurs at the U.S. Senior Open
Robert Funk (L) and Matt Sughrue (R) sit a 1-under with<br>a good chance to make the cut and play the weekend
Robert Funk (L) and Matt Sughrue (R) sit a 1-under with
a good chance to make the cut and play the weekend

PEABODY, MA (June 29, 2017) - Robert Funk of Canyon Lake, CA and Matt Sughrue of Arlington, VA both shot one-under-par 69s in the opening round of the U.S. Senior Open at Salem Country Club. They were the best rounds of the 20 amateurs in the field.

Related: U.S. Senior Open: Tee Times for the 20 Ams in the Field

They got there in different ways. Funk was two over through thirteen holes and finished fast, making birdies on 14, 16, and 18. Sughrue started hotter, making three straight birdies on the front nine, but cooled off with two bogeys coming in.

No other amateur in the field broke or matched par. Joe McCormick of Hutchinson, MN and Mike Finster of St. Petersburg, FL were the next low ams at two-over 72.

Chip Lutz of Reading, PA who was the only amateur to make the cut at last year's U.S. Senior Open at Scioto Country Club in Columbus, OH, shot a four-over 74.

After Friday's round, the field will be cut to the low 60 and ties.

Amateur Leaderboard

69 (T34) Robert Funk, Canyon Lake, CA
69 (T34) Matt Sughrue, Arlington, VA
72 (T72) Joe McCormick, Hutchinson, MN
72 (T72) Mike Finster, St. Petersburg, FL
73 (T85) Tim Hogarth, Northridge, CA
73 (T85) Dave Ryan, Taylorville, IL
74 (T96) Chip Lutz, Reading, PA
75 (T110) Ken Palladino, Dunedin, FL
76 (T122) Todd Hendley, Greer, SC
76 (T122) Claud Cooper, Birmingham, AL
76 (T122) Allan Small, Savannah, GA
77 (T139) T.J. Brudzinski, Columbus, OH
79 (T148) Mike McCoy, Des Moines, IA
79 (T148) Larry Salk, Fairfax, CA
79 (T148) Scott Livingston, Rogers, AR
79 (T148) Steven Fink, Las Vegas, NV
81 (T152) David Schmidt, Wytheville, VA
81 (T152) Daniel Russo, Hagaman, NY
81 (T152) George Zahringer, New York, NY
82 (156) Charlie Post, Castle Rock, CO

Results: U.S. Senior Open
T54CARobert FunkCanyon Lake, CA60069-72-75-72=288
MCNYGeorge ZahringerNew York, NY081-77=158
MCNYDaniel RussoHagaman, NY081-78=159
MCILDave RyanTaylorville, IL073-73=146
MCCALarry SalkSan Anselmo, CA079-75=154

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ABOUT THE U.S. Senior Open

The U.S. Senior Open is one of 14 national championships conducted by the USGA. Open to amateurs and professionals who have reached their 50th birthday as of the first day of the championship.

The Senior Open was first played in 1980 with a purse of, get this, just $100,000. Roberto Vincenzo of Argentina was the inaugural champion (winning $20,000), and Arnold Palmer was a popular winner the following year in 1981 at Oakland Hills.

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