Dobyns opens three-shot lead at PGA Professional National Championship

The Walter Hagen Trophy awaits the winner of the 45th PGA Professional National Championship, being held in Seaside, California. (Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America)

SEASIDE, Calif. – Matt Dobyns of Sea Cliff, N.Y., who in a span of nine months became a father and began a new job in a town called Lake Success, carried that special karma to the Monterey Peninsula Monday afternoon. Looking anything but a rookie in the showcase event for PGA Professionals, Dobyns posted a second consecutive 4-under-par 68 to seize a three-stroke lead at the midway point of the 45th PGA Professional National Championship.

The 34-year-old PGA head professional at Fresh Meadow Country Club, capped his five-birdie, one bogey round on Bayonet Golf Course with a birdie on the 18th hole. He needed only 25 putts while matching the day’s low round and posted a 36-hole total of 8-under-par 136.

The University of Texas alum turned heads by his ambidextrous playing style. Since age 19, he has played right-handed from the tee and fairway and putted left-handed with a cross-handed putting grip.

“If you have ever seen me putt right-handed, you would know why I do it. I’m more comfortable that way,” said Dobyns. “I built it from scratch, using the knowledge I had.”

That unusual formula, mixed with a calm demeanor, served him well during a day when Bayonet and nearby Black Horse were buffeted by near 20-mile per hour gusts.

“I’m just happy to be here more than anything else,” said Dobyns. “Just to play golf, whether it is in this, or compete at home with the members, it doesn’t matter what the venue is for me. I just love being out there. The fact that I played well, makes it more enjoyable. I’m looking forward to playing two more days more than anything else.”

Three-time National Champion Mike Small of Champaign, Ill., the first-round leader, struggled home with a 73, and Paul Scaletta of Jupiter, Fla., came in with a 72, yet shared second place at 139.

Dobyns escaped pitfalls on a day that produced unprecedented single-round Championship shotmaking. Overall, 16 players registered an eagle in the round, while Matt Slowinski of Glen Ellyn, Ill., recorded a double eagle-2 on the 518-yard, par-5 10th hole at Bayonet. He used a 5-iron to hole out from 205 yards.

Brian Cairns of Walled Lake, Mich., Jim Estes of Germantown, Md., Kelly Mitchum of Southern Pines, N.C, and  Stuart Smith of Reno, Nev., were next at 140, while 2004 National Champion Bob Sowards of Dublin, Ohio, was alone at 141.

Seventy-seven players made the 36-hole cut of 4-over-par 148, and will advance to the final 36 holes Tuesday and Wednesday at Bayonet. The low 20 scorers will earn a berth in the 94th PGA Championship, Aug. 9-12, at The Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, S.C.

A field of 312 PGA Professionals, representing 42 states and the District of Columbia, began play in the $550,000 Championship. The PGA Professional National Championship is presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz and OMEGA, and is the second National Championship to visit Northern California, and first since 1970.

45th PGA Professional National Championship

Bayonet Black Horse Golf Courses, Seaside, Calif.

Bayonet Course – Par-72 – 7,105 yards

Black Horse Course – Par-72 – 6,904 yards

Second-Round Scores

Matt Dobyns, Lake Success, N.Y.    68-68—136

Paul Scaletta, Jupiter, Fla.    67-72—139

Mike Small, Champaign, Ill.    66-73—139

Brian Cairns, Walled Lake, Mich.    71-69—140

Stuart Smith, Reno, Nev.    71-69—140

Jim Estes, Germantown, Md.    68-72—140

Kelly Mitchum, Southern Pines, N.C.    69-71—140

Bob Sowards, Dublin, Ohio    70-71—141

Corey Prugh, Spokane, Wash.    70-72—142

Darrell Kestner, Glen Cove, N.Y.    69-73—142

Alan Morin, Royal Palm Beach, Fla.    69-73—142

Jeff Olson, Powell, Ohio    70-73—143

Brian Gaffney, Rumson, N.J.    68-75—143

Rod Perry, Port Orange, Fla.    72-71—143

Frank Bensel, Jupiter, Fla.    68-75—143

Jeff Coston, Blaine, Wash.    71-72—143

Kevin Shields, Pittsburgh, Pa.    74-70—144

Mitch Lowe, San Francisco, Calif.    72-72—144

Steven Gotsche, Great Bend, Kan.    71-73—144

Jason Schmuhl, Windsor, Calif.    72-72—144

Mark Brown, Glen Head, N.Y.    71-73—144

Chad Proehl, Urbandale, Iowa    72-72—144

Danny Balin, Rockville, Md.    72-72—144

Rob Horak, Fairport, N.Y.    71-74—145

Scott Berliner, Delmar, N.Y.    72-73—145

Kyle Owen, Marietta, Ga.    73-72—145

Chris Moody, Provo, Utah    69-76—145

Ron Philo, Stowe, Vt.    73-72—145

Craig Stevens, Dallas, Ga.    73-72—145

Robert McClellan, Butler, Pa.    73-72—145

David Quinn, Marlton, N.J.    74-71—145

JC Anderson, O’Fallon, Mo.    75-71—146

Michael Hopper, Phoenix, Ariz.    75-71—146

Greg Lee, Athens, Ga.    76-70—146

Mark Mielke, East Norwich, N.Y.    72-74—146

Stuart Deane, Arlington, Texas    72-74—146

Burke Cromer, Columbia, S.C.    73-73—146

Troy Pare, Seekonk, Mass.    72-74—146

Brendon Post, Lincoln University, Pa.    71-75—146

David Hutsell, Lutherville, Md.    72-74—146

Chip Sullivan, Troutville, Va.    73-73—146

Marty Jertson, Phoenix, Ariz.    78-68—146

Frank Esposito, Florham Park, N.J.    72-74—146

Dean Larsson, Frisco, Texas    73-74—147

Eric Dugas, Waikoloa, Hawaii    75-72—147

Charles Frost, Pineville, N.C.    75-72—147

Charles Pasco, Beverly Hills, Mich.    70-77—147

Tim Feenstra, Issaquah, Wash.    73-74—147

David Paeglow, DeKalb, Ill.    78-69—147

Todd Camplin, Pinehurst, N.C.    73-74—147

Jason Alexander, The Woodlands, Texas    72-75—147

Audie Johnson, Lebanon, Tenn.    75-72—147

Frank Dully, Salem, Mass.    73-74—147

Darin Fisher, Albia, Iowa    74-73—147

Bill Murchison, Canton, Ga.    73-74—147

Scott Hebert, Traverse City, Mich.    73-74—147

Lonny Alexander, New Braunfels, Texas    78-69—147

Jeffrey Cranford, La Quinta, Calif.    78-69—147

Tom Harding, South Lyon, Mich.    74-74—148

Kevin Hayashi, Hilo, Hawaii    77-71—148

Chris Black, Independence, Iowa    77-71—148

Brett Melton, Washington, Ind.    75-73—148

Rick Witt, Madison, Wis.    72-76—148

Tim Straub, Huntersville, N.C.    77-71—148

Trent Rommann, Wichita, Kan.    73-75—148

Casey Fowles, St. George, Utah    73-75—148

John Seltzer, Ann Arbor, Mich.    73-75—148

Steve Hummel, Reno, Nev.    74-74—148

Michael Frye, Sedona, Ariz.    75-73—148

Sean Dougherty, Overland Park, Kan.    72-76—148

Doug Wade, Dayton, Ohio    73-75—148

Ricky Arnett, Austin, Texas    75-73—148

Greg Bisconti, South Salem, N.Y.    75-73—148

Ryan Kalista, Moodus, Conn.    76-72—148

Dave Bahr, Cincinnati, Ohio    73-75—148

Luke Bennett, Bellingham, Wash.    76-72—148

Rick Lewallen, Kannapolis, N.C.    73-75—148

Missed the Cut

Frank O’Connell, Phoenix, Ariz.    78-71—149

Tracy Phillips, Tulsa, Okla.    74-75—149

Reed Hughes, Senatobia, Miss.    73-76—149

John Appleget, Dorothy, N.J.    78-71—149

Jeff Kringen, Wayzata, Minn.    75-74—149

Eric Bogar, Houston, Texas    78-71—149

Perry Savetski, Cleveland, Ohio    73-76—149

Bill Britton, Rumson, N.J.    74-75—149

Mike Miles, Huntington Beach, Calif.    76-73—149

Don Berry, Brooklyn Park, Minn.    73-76—149

Steve Orrick, Mt. Zion, Ill.    72-77—149

Lee Stroever, Jupiter, Fla.    73-76—149

Mark McCormick, Middletown, N.J.    74-75—149

Tim Weinhart, Johns Creek, Ga.    72-77—149

Matt Seitz, Hutchinson, Kan.    73-76—149

Jeff Sorenson, Blaine, Minn.    78-71—149

Dan Olsen, Chicago, Ill.    75-74—149

Casey Paulson, Keller, Texas    74-75—149

John Bushka, Stratford, Conn.    76-74—150

Patrick Hawkins, Richmond, Va.    77-73—150

Ron Beurmann, Jackson, Mich.    76-74—150

Matthew Freitag, Long Valley, N.J.    76-74—150

Jon Stanley, Phoenix, Ariz.    76-74—150

Chris Case, Mount Kisco, N.Y.    79-71—150

Jason Witczak, Phoenix, Ariz.    71-79—150

Edward Whitman, Blairstown, N.J.    74-76—150

Caine Fitzgerald, Parker, Colo.    75-75—150

Steve Pellegrine, Kingsburg, Calif.    75-75—150

Jay Westerlund, Estero, Fla.    72-78—150

Mark Tucker, New Hartford, N.Y.    74-76—150

Steve Isley, Oak Island, N.C.    79-71—150

Rick Morton, Jacksonville, N.C.    76-74—150

Dustin Volk, Layton, Utah    73-77—150

Roger Gunn, Oak Park, Calif.    73-77—150

Gus Ulrich, Whispering Pines, N.C.    76-74—150

Stephen Schneiter, Sandy, Utah    72-78—150

Joey Carranza, Fall City, Wash.    73-77—150

Ken Martin, Wellington, Fla.    76-74—150

Rob Hunt, Highlands Ranch, Colo.    77-74—151

Adam Guili, Brooklyn Park, Minn.    74-77—151

David Damesworth, Orlando, Fla.    72-79—151

Aaron Krueger, Norwalk, Iowa    73-78—151

Matt Slowinski, Glen Ellyn, Ill.    75-76—151

Lance Reid, Denver, N.C.    75-76—151

Gordon Vietmeier, McKees Rocks, Pa.    73-78—151

Brian Thornton, Sumner, Wash.    76-75—151

John O’Leary, Reston, Va.    74-77—151

Mark Owen, Draper, Utah    74-77—151

Sam Kang, Rockaway, N.J.    80-71—151

Chris Dachisen, Warren, N.J.    75-76—151

Micah Rudosky, Cortez, Colo.    73-78—151

Mike Russell, Oro Valley, Ariz.    73-78—151

Ryan Benzel, Woodinville, Wash.    75-76—151

Adam Decker, Richmond, Va.    76-75—151

Matt Ganshaw, Opelika, Ala.    72-79—151

Kirk Satterfield, Harrison, N.Y.    73-78—151

Chris Starkjohann, Oceanside, Calif.    76-75—151

Joran Meeks, Kingwood, Texas    73-78—151

Jim Empey, Boise, Idaho    75-76—151

Steve Gillie, Pingree Grove, Ill.    76-76—152

Wesley Weston, Las Vegas, Nev.    79-73—152

Phil Taylor, Dunwoody, Ga.    75-77—152

Jeffrey Anderson, Mill Valley, Calif.    76-76—152

Blake Watts, New Albany, Ind.    81-71—152

Adam Martens, Meridian, Idaho    78-74—152

Larry King, Trenton, Ohio    77-75—152

Henrik Simonsen, Ooltewah, Tenn.    75-77—152

Chris Wiemers, Omaha, Neb.    74-78—152

Chris Krueger, Rehoboth Beach, Del.    80-72—152

Mike Kullberg, Houston, Texas    75-77—152

Jon Fiedler, Camarillo, Calif.    74-78—152

Frank Hohenadel, Tinley Park, Ill.    81-71—152

Bill Sautter, Ocean City, N.J.    74-78—152

Ivan Foster, Fort Wayne, Ind.    76-76—152

Bryan Heim, Bartlesville, Okla.    77-75—152

Lee Houtteman, Glen Arbor, Mich.    77-75—152

Craig Thomas, White Plains, N.Y.    75-77—152

Bruce Smith, Frisco, Texas    75-77—152

Jim Woodward, Edmond, Okla.    76-76—152

Faber Jamerson, Appomattox, Va.    71-81—152

Brett Upper, Scottsdale, Ariz.    76-76—152

Clark Spratlin, Toccoa, Ga.    77-75—152

Kevin Muir, Birmingham, Mich.    75-77—152

John Ogden, Castle Pines, Colo.    75-77—152

Rich Steinmetz, Gilbertsville, Pa.    76-76—152

Brad Lardon, College Station, Texas    74-78—152

Larry Emery, Carterville, Ill.    75-77—152

Jim Karr, West Palm Beach, Fla.    78-75—153

Jon Petersen, Omaha, Neb.    78-75—153

Robert Moss, Broadview Heights, Ohio    77-76—153

John DalCorobbo, Carmel, Ind.    73-80—153

Brooks Blackburn, Aiken, S.C.    78-75—153

Eddie Terasa, Waukesha, Wis.    78-75—153

Ryan Helminen, Appleton, Wis.    75-78—153

Kevin Boyle, Cordova, Tenn.    74-79—153

Chase Brannon, Nashville, Tenn.    73-80—153

Mark Summerville, San Diego, Calif.    76-77—153

Kevin Roman, Roswell, Ga.    75-78—153

Mike Northern, Colorado Springs, Colo.    71-82—153

Dennis Miller, Canfield, Ohio    77-76—153

Mark Evenson, Ellicott City, Md.    77-76—153

Jeffrey Martin, Warwick, R.I.    77-76—153

Stu Ingraham, Newton Square, Pa.    74-79—153

Billy Anderson, Wilmington, N.C.    77-76—153

Jerry Tucker, Stuart, Fla.    76-77—153

Scott Holly, Lincoln, Neb.    78-75—153

George Forster, Blue Bell, Pa.    73-80—153

Ian Breen, Lake Placid, N.Y.    79-75—154

Kris Moe, Santa Rosa, Calif.    76-78—154

Jason Martin, Wheeling, W. Va.    78-76—154

John Pillar, Hawley, Pa.    76-78—154

Jim Schuman, Verona, Wis.    76-78—154

Troy Schleicher, The Woodlands, Texas    80-74—154

James Blair, Ogden, Utah    75-79—154

Mike Gilmore, Mamaroneck, N.Y.    81-73—154

Tim Frazier, Fort Wayne, Ind.    76-78—154

Charlie Brown, Sturtevant, Wis.    80-74—154

Stephen Parker, Hamburg, N.Y.    78-76—154

Barry Evans, Charleston, W. Va.    76-78—154

Wayne DeFrancesco, Columbia, Md.    74-80—154

Bryan Sullivan, Kitty Hawk, N.C.    78-76—154

Gary Robison, Canton, Ohio    76-78—154

Brian Smith, Leominster, Mass.    76-78—154

Jeffrey Templeton, Fullerton, Calif.    70-84—154

Luke Varner, Overland Park, Kan.    75-80—155

Rob Shuey, Shippensburg, Pa.    79-76—155

Grant Sturgeon, Cave City, Ky.    80-75—155

Rob Phelps, Fayetteville, N.Y.    76-79—155

Quinn Griffing, Fort Wayne, Ind.    79-76—155

Devin Gee, Oakmont, Pa.    79-76—155

Barry Milstead, Centennial, Colo.    77-78—155

Matt Viguerie, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.    77-78—155

Craig Brischke, Forest Lake, Minn.    76-79—155

Joe Norman, Elmira, N.Y.    75-80—155

Jaysen Hansen, Toledo, Ohio    72-83—155

Jim White, Lincoln, Neb.    76-79—155

David Hronek, North Port, Fla.    77-78—155

Jason Stilley, Paducah, Ky.    84-72—156

Shawn Wills, Pueblo, Colo.    79-77—156

Jeff Ritchey, Westlake, Ohio    78-78—156

Richard Woodson, Sachse, Texas    81-75—156

Olly Thomson, Canton, Miss.    82-74—156

Liam Friedman, Lackawanna, N.Y.    78-78—156

Kevin Burton, Boise, Idaho    80-76—156

Cary Cozby, Wichita, Kan.    75-81—156

Rob Labritz, Pound Ridge, N.Y.    79-77—156

John Bierkan, Devon, Pa.    76-80—156

Zac Gavlak, Prairie Village, Kan.    76-80—156

Judd Gibb, West Des Moines, Iowa    74-82—156

Matt Newman, Boca Raton, Fla.    77-79—156

Tim Lewis, Norfolk, Va.    80-76—156

Zachary Wyman, Williston, Vt.    78-78—156

Ricky Smallridge, Auburn, Ala.    78-79—157

Brad Faller, Hillsboro, Ore.    76-81—157

Sean Gorgone, Plymouth, Fla.    77-80—157

David Newsom, Leesburg, Va.    78-79—157

Joe Pollack, Grand Rapids, Mich.    81-76—157

Michael LaBrutto, Cranford, N.J.    80-77—157

Brian Brown, Naperville, Ill.    80-77—157

Brian Brodell, Lafayette, Ind.    79-78—157

Gary Trivisonno, Aurora, Ohio    79-78—157

Rick Durocher, Princeton, Mass.    81-76—157

Chris Johnson, Castle Rock, Colo.    77-80—157

Bradley Turner, Apopka, Fla.    76-82—158

Connie DeMattia, Golf, Ill.    81-77—158

Dominic Curran, Silver City, N.M.    80-78—158

Mike Flaherty, Inver Grove Heights, Minn.    81-77—158

Damien Hamlett, Annandale, N.J.    81-77—158

Luke Benoit, Maple Grove, Minn.    80-78—158

John Hickson, Topsham, Maine    77-81—158

Andy Shuman, Lake Zurich, Ill.    79-79—158

Matt Kayson, Washington, D.C.    79-79—158

William Street, Granite City, Ill.    79-79—158

Mike Burke, Towaco, N.J.    79-79—158

Ben Meyers, Maple Grove, Minn.    81-77—158

David Tentis, Woodbury, Minn.    76-82—158

Scott Erdmann, Tigard, Ore.    79-79—158

Bob Ackerman, West Bloomfield, Mich.    79-79—158

Harry Dixon, Petoskey, Mich.    80-78—158

Mark Faulkner, Marion, Ill.    73-85—158

Jim Marinelli, Byron, Ill.    81-77—158

Glen Griffith, Tucson, Ariz.    82-76—158

Tom Sovay, Mukilteo, Wash.    79-80—159

Bill Mackedon, Port Jefferson, N.Y.    79-80—159

Brad Apple, Perrysburg, Ohio    77-82—159

Billy Rosinia, Burr Ridge, Ill.    80-79—159

John Fields, Belmont, Mass.    83-76—159

Bryan Luedtke, Woodstock, Ill.    80-79—159

Shawn Hall, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.    80-79—159

Tony DeMaria, White Plains, N.Y.    79-80—159

Shane Blankenship, Owensville, Mo.    76-83—159

Michael Jack, Placentia, Calif.    80-79—159

Jeffrey Barton, Dallas, Texas    80-79—159

Brett Robertson, Midlothian, Va.    77-82—159

Don Sweeting, Pinehurst, N.C.    77-82—159

Brent Amaral, Westport, Mass.    79-81—160

Jakob Gerney, Mantua, N.J.    75-85—160

Brendan McGrath, Centreville, Va.    83-77—160

Grant Masson, St. Louis, Mo.    79-81—160

Colby Wollitz, Louisville, Ky.    80-80—160

Matt Trevino, Boerne, Texas    79-81—160

Bob Darling, Lewiston, Maine    78-83—161

Tom Michaels, Perryville, Md.    79-82—161

Keith Ohr, Louisville, Ky.    79-82—161

Doug Rhea, Orlando, Fla.    83-78—161

Jonathan Duppler, Elgin, Ill.    81-80—161

Ed Slattery, Torrington, Conn.    81-80—161

Jack Seltzer, Linden, Mich.    82-79—161

Chris Stacy, Big Stone Gap, Va.    84-78—162

Pete Hagen, Omaha, Neb.    83-79—162

Roger King, Barre, Vt.    80-82—162

Tim Fries, East Amherst, N.Y.    79-83—162

Matt Pakkala, Honolulu, Hawaii    84-79—163

Anthony Price, Terry, Miss.    82-81—163

Adam D’Amario, West Hartford, Conn.    83-80—163

John Gibson, Houston, Texas    81-82—163

Gabriel Dorosh, Boise, Idaho    82-81—163

Keith Henry, Tuscaloosa, Ala.    83-81—164

Bret Hartman, Troy, Mich.    83-81—164

Gary Miller, Athens, Ga.    82-82—164

Brian Kelly, Lewisburg, Pa.    83-81—164

Bob Miller, Yarmouthport, Mass.    84-80—164

Charles DeLorey, Indio, Calif.    86-79—165

Jordon Arnold, Dawsonville, Ga.    83-82—165

Henry Stetina, Phoenix, Ariz.    84-82—166

John Traub, Rochester Hills, Mich.    86-80—166

Sean Driscoll, Sewell, N.J.    84-82—166

Bill Pollert, Indianapolis, Ind.    85-81—166

RJ Ziats, Warren, Vt.    85-82—167

Paul Norris, Dallas, Texas    84-84—168

Carmen Costa, Bethel Park, Pa.    90-79—169

Tony Saraceno, Cortland, N.Y.    86-86—172

Jody Barrett, Cranberry Township, Pa.    87-88—175

Carl COOPER, Humble, Texas    72-DQ—DQ

Ted PARKER, Long Beach, Calif.    85-DQ—DQ

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