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Dobyns leads by 6 shots after 54 holes at PGA PNC

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Tom Pernice Jr. hits from a waste bunker during the final round of the Verizon Heritage Classic at the Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, South Carolina on April 15, 2007 Photo by Michael Cohen/  - 

SEASIDE, Calif. – Matt Dobyns shot a 3-under 69 on Tuesday to take a six-stroke lead into the final round of the PGA Professional National Championship.

The 34-year-old Dobyns, the PGA head professional at Fresh Meadow Country Club in Lake Success, N.Y., had an 11-under 205 total.

The former University of Texas player opened with a 68 at Black Horse on Sunday and took a three-stroke lead Monday with a 68 on the Bayonet course, the site of the final two rounds.

First-round leader Mike Small, the University of Illinois coach who won the event in 2005, '09 and '10, was second after a 72.

The top 20 will earn spots in the PGA Championship in August at Kiawah Island.