PURCHASE – Now that he’s undergoing treatment for sleep apnea, Matt Dobyns can dream big.
The well-rested head professional from Fresh Meadow Country Club on Long Island will be playing in his first U.S. Open later this month at Pinehurst after grabbing the last of the four spots available Monday at the sectional qualifier at Century and Old Oaks.
“I’m feeling so much better overall and I feel that’s playing a role in how I’m playing golf,” said Dobyns, who finished at even par with a 141 total. “I’ve played some very good rounds lately.”
The 36-year-old, who started in the section at Hudson National, ran away with the POLO Golf Met PGA Head Pro Championship a week ago. He won the PGA Professional National Championship in 2012 and played in the PGA Championship.
It was a tough day for most of the locals.
Max Buckley, a 24-year-old amateur from Rye, came in with great expectations, but struggled with the driver at Century and started the long day with a 4-over 74. He came back with a 1-under 69 at Old Oaks and finished tied for 13th.
“Any time you have a chance in 36 holes to make a U.S. Open, and you don’t make it, you have to be disappointed,” the Westchester Country Club member said. I was proud of my second round. I was just a little off in the morning, and when you’re a little off trying to qualify for a U.S. Open, your mistakes are magnified. Mine certainly were.”
Craig Thomas (Metropolis) and Danny Balin were tied for 25th at 7-over. Brad Tilley (Bedford Corners) was tied for 31st at 8-over. Brian Gaffney (Quaker Ridge) was tied for 41st at 10-over. Steve Scott (Paramount) was tied for 47th at 11-over.
“This is probably, of all the venues around the country, the one that really prepares you for a U.S. Open,” the Massachusetts resident said. “It’s a game out here where you know if you break 140, normally, you’re getting through.”