Friday, 06 July 2012 00:00
Matt Dobyns, head golf professional at Fresh Meadows Country Club in Lake Success, completed a runaway victory Wednesday, June 27, in the PGA Professional National Championship, closing with a 2-under 70 on the Bayonet course for a record eight-stroke margin.
The 34-year-old Dobyns finished at 13-under 275. The former University of Texas player shot a 68 at Black Horse on Sunday, and followed with rounds of 68 and 69 at Bayonet to take a six-stroke lead into the final round.
‘’This is the biggest tournament I’ve ever won,’’ Dobyns said. ‘’It’ll probably be the biggest tournament I ever win. I’m trying to cherish every single second, but it’s hard because everything is going so quickly.’’
Hall of Famer Sam Snead, the PGA tour’s career victory leader, had the previous largest victory in the event, winning by five strokes in 1971.
‘’I don’t know how that happened,’’ Dobyns said. ‘’To be mentioned in the same breath with Sam Snead in any comparison is both humbling and exciting.’’
The top 20 earned spots in the PGA Championship in August at Kiawah Island. Dobyns also received $75,000 and six PGA Tour exemptions over a 12-month period.
Rod Perry, the PGA head professional at Crane Lakes Golf Course in Port Orange, FL., and Kelly Mitchum, a PGA assistant professional at Pinehurst (NC) Resort, tied for second. Perry shot a 69, and Mitchum had a 71.
‘’Matt played so solid. We were all playing for second,’’ Mitchum said. ‘’Matt and I played nine holes in a practice round Friday, and then to get paired with the champion in the final round is pretty ironic.’’
Michael Frye, a PGA assistant professional at Oakcreek Country Club in Sedona, AZ, won an eight-player playoff for the final spot in the PGA Championship. He advanced with a par on the third playoff hole.
Dobyns is the seventh Metropolitan PGA Section member to win the event and the player to win in his first start in the tournament.
‘’This golf course just fit my eye,’’ Dobyns said. ‘’I had control of my golf swing, and I can’t tell you why. When I got here, I felt in control. The hard shots didn’t feel that difficult. I’m going to look back at the tape, because something has to be different.’’
Darrell Kestner, the 1996 champion who finished 13th Wednesday, hired Dobyns as an apprentice in 2009 at Deepdale Golf Club in Manhasset, and remains his coach.
‘’I’m glad the rest of the golfing community could see what this kid can do,’’ Kestner said. ‘’For three years at Deepdale, I saw some amazing stuff. I knew that he was one of the best playing club professionals in the country three years ago. For him to finally get his due, I feel very prideful for him.’’
The 58-year-old Kestner closed with a 74 to earn his 10th trip to the PGA Championship and qualify for a major championship in a fifth decade. He competed in the first of his eight U.S. Opens in 1979.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
Once again the Great Neck School District received a host of gifts and donations. All were recently approved and accepted by the Board of Education at school board public action meetings.
Eight donations were received for the Robotics Club, to help offset some of the many costs associated with running a successful robotics program. Donations were sent from: the Rotary Club of Gold Coast, Cathy Sung, Stephen and Beth Wolf, Joel and Ellen Dressner, Jay and Judi Bosworth, Edith Novick and Dmitriy Tokar, Gary and Bianna Gal, Scott and Barbara Erlich and Jill A. Krieger.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
Residents in the Great Neck School District vote on the proposed $209,442,904 2013-2014 school budget this coming Tuesday, May 21. In addition to the budget vote (Proposition No. 1), eligible voters also vote on the Great Neck Library budget (Proposition No. 2) and for one Board of Education trustee, Monique Bloom (who is running unopposed, having been appointed to the school board last year).
As always, by far the largest percentage of the budget is dedicated to instruction. This amounts to around 75 percent of each year’s budget.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
The Great Neck Park District, in partnership with the Great Neck Figure Skating Club and the Great Neck School District, started the Therapeutic Skating program in February 2013. This program was extremely beneficial to students with special needs from Great Neck North Middle and High Schools. The skaters met bi-monthly at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink through Tuesday, April 23. They ended the season with a skating session as usual and then enthusiastically were awarded their trophies.
Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00
The Great Neck Dodgers baseball team opened against Manhasset at the new Manhasset Valley Park on Saturday, April 27. Coaches Mat Rubin and Steve Menist cheered the boys through an exciting game on the brand new turf field. Pictured (l. to r.): Kevin Li, Brandon Walter, Kenny Li, Alec Rich, Noah Kniesly, Philip Menist, Brad Fritzhand, Jordan Seidenberg, Max Silverstein, Josh Rubin, James Kessler, Michael Jacobs, coaches Steven Menist and Mat Rubin.