Matt Dobyns, PGA
2012 PGA Professional
PGA Professional National Championship
In 2012, Matt Dobyns, PGA head professional at Fresh Meadow Country Club in Lake Success, N.Y., completed a stunning four-day run by making a four-foot birdie on the 18th green for a 2-under-par 70 and a record-breaking eight-stroke victory in the 45th PGA Professional National Championship presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz and OMEGA. His 13-under-par 275 total made him the seventh member of the Metropolitan PGA Section to capture the National Championship and the eighth player in history to win in his first attempt.
Dobyns capped his week by shattering Sam Snead's 41-year margin of victory record of five strokes, which was set in 1971.
"I don't know how that happened," said Dobyns. "To be mentioned in the same breath with Sam Snead in any comparison is both humbling and exciting."
Kelly Mitchum, PGA assistant professional at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort and Rod Perry, PGA head professional at Crane Lakes Golf Course in Port Orange, Fla., tied for second. For a complete wrapup of the 45th PGA Professional National Championship, click here.
Dobyns also leads a group of 20 PGA Professionals to the 94th PGA Championship, Aug. 9-12, at The Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, S.C.
The 46th PGA Professional National Championship presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz and OMEGA returns to Sunriver (Ore.) Resort, June 23-26, 2013. It marks the third visit to Sunriver Resort by The PGA of America's showcase event for PGA Professionals.
For a complete history and records of the PGA Professional National Championship, click here.