The director of golf at GlenArbor is headed in that direction.
Labritz shot a 4-under 68 Tuesday at Fairview Country Club and shares the lead with Fresh Meadows head pro Matt Dobyns at 6-under 138 heading into the final round. There are 11 spots in the 2016 PGA PNC up for grabs. Dobyns won this year’s national championship and is exempt.
Charlie Meola of Saxon Woods and Michael Sweeney of The Bridge are tied for second, one shot back.
“I was lukewarm today,” said Labritz, who won back-to-back titles at the Metropolitan Professional Championship in 2013 and 2014. “I’m ready to get hot in the final round. … I’m hungry to get back to the PGA Professional National Championship. That’s one of the tournaments that has the most to offer.”
And that’s because it allows club pros to qualify for the PGA Championship.
Labritz was the low club professional when the PGA Championship last visited Whistling Straits in 2010.
Tony DeMaria of Westchester Golf Range and David Young of Sleepy Hollow are tied for fifth at 4-under and Jesse Fitzgerald of Garden City and Frank Bensel of Century are tied for seventh at 2-under.
Metropolitan Professional Championship
At Fairview CC – par 72 and The Golf Club of Purchase – par 72
1. Matt Dobyns, Fresh Meadow 68-70–138
1. Rob Labritz, GlenArbor 70-68–138
3. Charlie Meola, Saxon Woods 68-71–139
3. Michael Sweeney, The Bridge 72-67–139
5. Tony DeMaria, Westchester Golf Range 67-73–140
5. David Young, Sleepy Hollow 69-71–140
7. Jesse Fitzgerald, Garden City 70-72–142
7. Frank Bensel, Century 71-71–142
9. Mike Diffley, Pelham 72-72–144
9. Andrew Gruss, Greenwich 73-71–144
9. Mark Brown, Tam O’Shanter Club 72-72–144
9. Grant Sturgeon, Winged Foot 73-71–144
13. Jim Farrell, The Creek Club 75-70–145
13. James Ondo, The Apawamis Club 72-73–145
13. Nick Beddow, Piping Rock 73-72–145
13. John Guyton, Wheatley Hills 68-77–145
13. Jamie Kilmer, Wheatley Hills 74-71–145
13. Brian Gaffney, Quaker Ridge 73-72–145