Small qualifies for eighth PGA Championship

Small qualifies for eighth PGA Championship

SEASIDE, Calif. — Mike Small is headed to the PGA Championship for the eighth time.

The Illinois men's golf coach, who will play in his 11th major overall, finished fourth in the PGA Professional National Championship on Wednesday.

Matt Dobyns completed a runaway victory in the event, closing with a 2-under-par 70 on the Bayonet course for an 8-stroke margin.

The 34-year-old Dobyns, the PGA head professional at Fresh Meadow Country Club in Lake Success, N.Y., 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 6-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."

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, Fla., and Kelly Mitchum, a PGA assistant professional at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort, tied for second. Perry shot a 69, and Mitchum had a 71.

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peterborich wrote on June 28, 2012 at 9:06 am

Congratulations Coach.  Good luck at the PGA representing the Orange-and-Blue once again !

jjohnson wrote on June 28, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Like your dad, Bill (Illini basketball '60-'63), you are a great credit to the University, Mike. All the best.

John Johnson