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Fresh Meadow pro Dobyns wins Long Island Open

Matt Dobyns hits a tee shot on the

Matt Dobyns hits a tee shot on the 11th tee during the New York State Open Championship at Bethpage Black. (July 20, 2011) Photo Credit: Ed Betz

Heading into this year's Long Island Open Championship, Matt Dobyns wanted to give his club members something to be proud of.

As the head pro of the Fresh Meadow Country Club in Lake Success he was also the host pro of the Long Island Open.

The 35-year-old shot two rounds of even par 70 Wednesday for a 54-hole total of 211 to capture the title and the top prize of $9,000 from the $50,000 purse on his home course.

"I think it's a golf course that if you know where to leave your putts, it's a big advantage. Bad angles can lead to bogeys," said Dobyns, who also won the Long Island Championship in 2011, and finished runner-up last year. "I'm a pro here, play all the time, so I know some of the small nuances."

In his third time playing in the Long Island Open, St. John's rising junior Dylan Crowley, 20, who plays out of the Glen Cove Golf Club, finished second and was low amateur. The Glen Cove resident felt afterward that his career is now taking a great step in the right direction.

"It's a testament to me that all the hard work I'm putting in is paying off," said Crowley, who shot three-over 73 to go with rounds of 72 and 68 for a 213 total during the two-day tournament which began Tuesday and finished with 36 holes Wednesday. "I played my way into shape the last couple of rounds. It was a good sign for me today to play my way into contention."

Another amateur, Clancy Waugh of the Deepdale Club, finished in a tie for third with Nick Bova of Friar's Head and Jim Farrell of the The Creek Club.

Joe Christianson, 32, an assistant pro at Deepdale Golf Club, shot a final round 70 and finished well down the leaderboard. But what brought a smile to his face was his hole-in-one on the 198-yard 15th hole in the final round.

Long Island Golf Association president Alan Finkelstein, 69, a member of Fresh Meadow, was all smiles himself.

"It was all great," said Finkelstein, who made a hole-in-one on the 13th hole during a recent round at Fresh Meadow, shooting a 69. "Great weather, great golf, great course conditions. An overall terrific event. We couldn't be happier."

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