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LIer Matt Dobyns qualifies for U.S. Open

Matt Dobyns hits a bunker shot during a

Matt Dobyns hits a bunker shot during a practice round of the 2012 PGA Championship at the Ocean Course on August 6, 2012 in Kiawah Island, South Carolina. Credit: Getty Images / Ross Kinnaird

Four spots in the U.S. Open were up for grabs Monday, and a Long Islander secured one of them.

Matthew Dobyns of Lake Success shot par for two rounds in the U.S. Open sectional qualifier at two courses in upstate Purchase to finish fourth overall and qualify for next week's U.S. Open in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

Dobyns, the head pro of the Fresh Meadow County Club, shot a 1-under-par 70 at Century Country Club in the morning round and a 1-over 71 in the afternoon round at Old Oaks Country Club to finish with a combined score of 141.

The top four finishers in a field of 80 golfers advanced to the Open.

Other qualifiers include Fran Quinn of Holden, Massachusetts (3-under 138), Rob Oppenheim of Orlando, Florida (138), and James Renner of Orlando, Florida (139).

Dobyns, who has played in four PGA Tour events, will be making his first appearance in the U.S. Open.

Long Islanders falling short include Abbie Valentine of Bayville, who finished tied for 21st at 6-over 147, Colin Dolph of Huntington (148, tied for 25th), Tyler Jaramillo of Hewlett and Timothy Puetz of Huntington (149, both tied for 31st) and Nicholas Beddow of Shirley (150, tied for 36th).

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