Missouri tennis celebrates Bryan Funk Memorial Court

Saturday, October 27, 2012 | 7:28 p.m. CDT; updated 8:12 p.m. CDT, Saturday, October 27, 2012

COLUMBIA — About 50 people escaped the cold Saturday morning to attend a ceremony inside the Green Tennis Center dedicating a tennis court in the memory of Bryan Funk..

Members of the Missouri tennis team, the athletics department, Phi Delta Theta representatives and Funk’s father all attended the event.

Brent Filbert, an MU alum who led the fundraising for the memorial, said he wanted to contribute to MU athletics and hoped his Phi Delta Theta brothers would donate.

“This started with a simple email,” said Rick Rhyner, a close friend of both Filbert and Funk. Funds grew to more than $30,000 in just a few weeks, he said.

Filbert, Rhyner and Funk started at MU in the fall of 1981, and Funk died in a canoeing accident in the spring of 1982.

“What I miss all of the time is the loss of a great guy,” Rhyner said.

Rhyner’s daughter, Madison, is a freshman on this season's Missouri tennis team and will likely compete on Funk’s Court.

Missouri head coach Sasha Schmid said, “I’ve been moved by this. The spirit and friendship has been very inspirational.”

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