HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Florida -- The yo-yo of emotions that come with any Qualifying School the PGA Tour runs for its flagship and developmental tours have taken Joshua Udelhofen to the doorstep of a career-changing opportunity. Now all the Platteville native has to do is grab it.
Udelhofen endured a wild ride Thursday during the third round of PGA Tour Latinoamerica Q-School, getting to 3-under-par for the week with five holes to play before two late bogeys dropped him into a tie for 26th place. His 1-over 73 left him at 1-under 215 through 54 holes -- six shots off the lead shared by Americans MJ Maguire, Ben Cook and Peyton White, who were among 12 players yet to complete their second nine holes of the third round when darkness suspended play on the challenging El Campeon Course at Mission Inn Resort & Club.
This Q-School is the first of four qualifying events that the PGA Tour Latinoamérica will conduct for four consecutive weeks in four different countries -- the United States, Mexico, Colombia and Argentina. The top 35 plus ties at each venue will gain status south of the border with the winner at each site exempt for the entire season, the next 10 for the first half of the year and the remaining 24 plus ties earning conditional status and the opportunity to play when the size of the field allows.
Udelhofen began his third round on the back nine and bounced back from consecutive bogeys at Nos. 11 and 12 with birdies at Nos. 17 and 18 to make the turn in even-par 37. After a birdie-bogey- birdie start to the front nine left him 1-under for the day and 3-under for the tournament, he made a pair of bogeys coming in -- at the par-4 fifth and seventh holes -- to shoot 1-over 36 for his 73.