Dobyns withdraws to get home for early birth of new son

Matt Dobyns
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Matt Dobyns, 2012 National Champion, withdrew on Tuesday morning to return home for the early birth of his son.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 | 6:59 p.m.

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- The third round of the 47th PGA Professional National Championship was short one player on Tuesday.

Matt Dobyns, the 2012 National Champion who was recently the only PGA Professional to qualify for the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, was forced to withdraw due to a family emergency.

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Dobyns made it home to New York just in time to be with his wife, Laurie, as she gave birth to the couple's second child, a boy, Michael Parker Dobyns.

Laurie was only 27 1/2 weeks along in her pregnancy. 

Dobyns posted this message via his Facebook account:

"I made it back to NY just in time for the early birth of our son Michael Parker Dobyns. He arrived pretty early and light (2lbs 8oz) and has a long road to go home but the doctors are cautiously optimistic at this point. Laurie Trogus Dobyns did amazing and is in recovery now." 

T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.