After the final putt dropped at the 45th PGA Professional National Championship, Titleist Staff Member and Head Professional at Fresh Meadow Country Club in Lake Success, N.Y. Matt Dobyns took home the top honors at the 2012 PGA National Championship in record setting fashion.
His 8-shot victory was the largest margin of victory in tournament history, topping Sam Snead’s 41-year-old record, and it earned him an invitation to compete in the 2012 PGA Championship.
Dobyns is one of 20 PGA Professionals that have earned a little break from their normal day-to-day duties and will be competing in the final major of the 2012 PGA Tour season.
For these PGA Professionals, the final journey to Kiawah started in late June as 312 players teed it up at Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Courses vying for one of the spots awarded to the top-20 finishers and opportunity to compete with many of the world’s best golfers on the Ocean Course at this week’s PGA Championship.
Normally the professional giving advice to his students, this week Dobyns turned to PGA tour veterans for a little advice on what to expect.
“They all tell me the same thing, and that's to soak in the week and enjoy it and share it with my family, and so that's what I'm trying to do,” said Dobyns.
The list of PGA Professionals who also punched their ticket to Kiawah Island includes Titleist Staff Members: Danny Balin (Burning Tree Country Club), Frank Bensel (Century Country Club), Brian Gaffney (Rumson Country Club), Mitch Lowe (Stanford GC), Kelly Mitchum (Pinehurst Country Club), Bill Murchison (Towne Lakes Golf Club), Corey Prugh (Manito Golf & Country Club) and Doug Wade(Western Hills Country Club), as well as Titleist golf ball loyalists Mike Small and Marty Jertson.
While just having the opportunity to compete in a major championship on the PGA Tour is an experience in itself, these Titleist Staff Professionals also get to experience the full tour treatment.
“It’s a little bit out of my typical normal routine--Titleist fitters checking my clubs, Bob Vokey checking my wedges--having everyone from Titleist around makes the week special,” said Mitchum.
Although the goals and expectations at The Ocean Course may vary amongst these PGA Professionals in the field, according to Mitchum they all have one thing in common:
"We can always rely on our Titleist golf ball. There's no doubt we're getting the most out of it, so it's up to us to get the job done."
Best of luck to all PGA Professionals in the field this week and a very special thank you goes out to all 27,000 men and women of The PGA of America who are dedicated to growing, teaching and managing the game of golf.