HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Florida -- He ended a long day on El Campeon Course at Mission In Resort & Club in significantly better shape than he started it Wednesday morning, but Joshua Udelhofen’s job is only half done in his turn at PGA Tour Latinoamerica Qualifying School.
The Platteville native finished off a 2-under-par 70 bright and early Wednesday morning as the nine golfers who were unable to finish their opening rounds due to darkness did so. He went back out a short time later and rallied to shoot even-par 72 in the second round, finishing the marathon session tied for 22nd place at 2-under 142 with 36 holes over two days left to play.
Udelhofen is six shots behind leader David Pastore, a Mackenzie Tour golfer from Connecticut whose second-round 67 left him with an 8-under 136 total and a one-stroke advantage over Michigan’s Ben Cook (69) with 19 other golfers within five shots of the lead after two rounds.
After his early wake-up call, Udelhofen started the second round on the same back nine he’d played bogey-free at the end of the first round in shooting 3-under 34. This time, he made six straight parts to start the round before finishing the back nine bogey-par-birdie for a 37.
Udelhofen then offset a bogey at the par-5 first with a birdie at the par-4 third and then did it again at Nos. 5 (a bogey 5) and 7 (a birdie 2). The final birdie kept him inside the top 25 -- not a bad feat considering he came into the day tied for 37th -- two spots outside the finish needed to earn at least conditional status on the PGA Tour’s developmental tour south of the border.
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 with the winner exempt for the entire season, the next 10 for the first half of the year and the remaining 24 plus ties conditionally all year.