CITY OF INDUSTRY, California — There was snow on the mountaintops and frost on the fairways Monday when Dan Woltman teed off during Open Qualifying for the Genesis Open, this week's stop on the PGA Tour.
The former University of Wisconsin golfer should have felt right at home.
Woltman's preparation for his first competitive rounds of 2019 came in the Badgers' indoor practice facility at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, dealing with the wintery whims (and winds) of Mother Nature. Some days, he said, are more conducive to tracking ball flight and distance than others.
"When that wind's blowing from the northeast in, you just keep that door closed and hit balls in the net," Woltman said. "But when it's that southwest, down-off-the-right wind, throw that garage open and hit balls in the snow."
Against that backdrop, Woltman's showing on the Eisenhower Course at Industry Hills Golf Club wasn't too shabby. He made four birdies and three bogeys, shot a 1-under-par 71 and finished tied for 27th in the 67-player battle for the final four berths in the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club.
That was the same score he shot last week at Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont at the pre-qualifier to earn a spot in the Monday qualifier for this event for the second year in a row. They were Woltman's first two competitive rounds since November, when he missed advancing to the final stage of Web.com Tour Qualifying School by one stroke at Bear Creek Country Club in Murrieta, California.
"The 71 I shot last week was really good," Woltman said. "It was 45 degrees. It was blowing like 25 mph. It was cold. It was windy. I was happy — I had a couple of loose shots there, but I made some good saves and that was good.
"Today, I didn't feel comfortable, unfortunately. I had a bad day with the golf swing. I finally found something a little better on the back nine, but ... it was a little too late. I think it'll probably take 4- or 5-under (to advance)."
PGA Tour veteran Robert Garrigus of Phoenix shot a 6-under 66 to win the qualifier. Australian Aaron Baddely, who now calls Scottsdale, Arizona, home, shared second place with Curtis Luck of Cleveland, Ohio after both shot 67s while Richard Lee of Phoenix (68) won a six-for-1 playoff for the final spot.
Sepp Straka of Valdosta, Georgia — with former Wisconsin State Open champ Jon Turcott of Middleton on the bag — double-bogeyed his final hole fo a 69, missing the playoff for the final spot by one shot. Erik Van Rooyen of St. Anthony, Minnesota — with 2014 Wisconsin State Amateur champion and former Minnesota Gopher teammate Alex Gaugert on the bag — shot 70.
"I'm happy; I've got two tournament rounds under my belt and I know what I need to work on," said Woltman, who said he plans to play a lot of Monday qualifiers on the Web.com Tour when it passes through the upper Midwest during May and and June and PGA Tour qualifiers on occasion as well before defending State Open titles in Iowa, Kansas, Wisconsin and Nebraska.
"I know what I need to do to improve. The game's not where it was last year. But it was nice to get out here and see some ball flight in a little better weather than what we have back home."
|1||Robert Garrigus Phoenix, AZ||F||-6||66|
|T2||Aaron Baddeley Scottsdale, AZ||F||-5||67|
|T2||Curtis Luck Cleveland, OH||F||-5||67|
|T4||Richard Lee Phoenix, AZ||F||-4||68|
|DID NOT QUALIFY|
|T4||David Kim Buena Park, CA||F||-4||68|
|T4||Roberto Diaz Fair oaks ranch, TX||F *||-4||68|
|T4||Sean Birren La Verne, CA||F||-4||68|
|T4||Wes Roach Knoxville, TN||F||-4||68|
|T4||Andrew Loupe Baton Rouge, LA||F *||-4||68|
|T10||Sepp Straka Valdosta, GA||F *||-3||69|
|T10||DJ Trahan Charleston, SC||F *||-3||69|
|T10||Matthew Fitzpatrick Palm Beach Gardens, FL||F||-3||69|
|T10||Alex Kang Las vegas, NV||F *||-3||69|
|T10||Fabian Gomez Key Biscayne, FL||F||-3||69|
|T15||Brad Adamonis Coral Springs, FL||F||-2||70|
|T15||Thomas Chu San Diego||F||-2||70|
|T15||Andres Gonzales Lakewood, WA||F||-2||70|
|T15||Beau Schoolcraft Denver, CO||F *||-2||70|
|T15||David Gazzolo Riverside, CA||F||-2||70|
|T15||Jonathan Garrick Los Angeles, CA||F||-2||70|
|T15||Eric McCardle Las Vegas, NV||F *||-2||70|
|T15||Shintaro Ban Las Vegas, NV||F *||-2||70|
|T15||Wyndham Clark Purcellville, VA||F *||-2||70|
|T15||Jonathan De Los Reyes Modesto, CA||F *||-2||70|
|T15||Erik Van Rooyen St Anthony, MN||F||-2||70|
|T15||Christopher Crisologo (a) Richmond, BC||F||-2||70|
|T27||Dan Woltman Beaver Dam, WI||F *||-1||71|
|T27||Tain Lee Irvine, CA||F||-1||71|
|T27||Spencer Levin Roseville, CA||F||-1||71|
|T27||Brian Davis Windermere, FL||F *||-1||71|
|T27||Josh Esler Wauconda, IL||F *||-1||71|
|T27||Corey Conners Jupiter, FL||F||-1||71|
|T27||Hank Lebioda Orlando, FL||F||-1||71|
|T27||Kevin Kring Springfield, MO||F *||-1||71|
|T35||Joey Garber St. Simons Island, GA||F||E||72|
|T35||Charlie Beljan Mesa, AZ||F||E||72|
|T35||Mark Anguiano Whittier, CA||F||E||72|
|T35||Jason Gore Valencia, CA||F||E||72|
|T35||Andrew Yun Phoenix, AZ||F *||E||72|
|T35||Bob May Las Vegas, NV||F||E||72|
|T35||Steve Allan Scottsdale, AZ||F||E||72|
|T42||Genki Tamashiro San Diego, CA||F||+1||73|
|T42||Skyler Finnell Carmel, CA||F *||+1||73|
|T42||William Kropp Oklahoma City, OK||F *||+1||73|
|T42||Sung joon Park La habra, CA||F *||+1||73|
|T42||Armando Favela Chula Vista, CA||F *||+1||73|
|T42||Chris Gilman Yorba Linda, CA||F *||+1||73|
|T42||Patrick Grimes Menlo Park, CA||F *||+1||73|
|T42||Brandon Crick McCook, NE||F||+1||73|
|T42||Dong Hyuk Lee Fontana, CA||F||+1||73|
|T42||Ricky Castillo (a) Yorba Linda, CA||F||+1||73|
|T42||Byungmin Cho San jacinto, CA||F *||+1||73|
|T53||Chris Thompson Lawrence, KS||F||+2||74|
|T53||Martin Trainer Palo Alto, CA||F||+2||74|
|T53||Jeffrey Kang Buena Park, CA||F *||+2||74|
|T53||Brent Grant Murrieta, CA||F *||+2||74|
|T57||Daniel Ko (a) Los Angeles, CA||F *||+3||75|
|T57||Ted Purdy Phoenix, AZ||F *||+3||75|
|T57||Adam Svensson Jupiter, FL||F *||+3||75|
|T60||Phillip Mac OGrady Palm Springs, CA||F *||+4||76|
|T60||John young Kim Walnut, CA||F||+4||76|
|62||Cameron Tringale Purcellville, VA||F *||+5||77|
|T63||Rick Garboski Westlake Village, CA||F||+6||78|
|T63||Hyeong Uk Park (a) Canoga Park, CA||F||+6||78|
|T63||Gookmin Kim La Puente, CA||F *||+6||78|
|66||Michael D'Angelo Redondo Beach, CA||F *||+7||79|
|67||Seung chan Lee (a) Playa vista, CA||F *||+8||80|
|DID NOT FINISH|
|WD||Rafael Becker Dallas, TX|
|WD||Andrew Kramer Chino Hills, CA|
|WD||Dru Love St. Simons Island, GA|
|WD||Tom Lovelady Jupiter, FL|
|WD||Sebastian Munoz Addison, TX|
|WD||Hyun woo Ryu Irvine, CA|
|WD||Brady Schnell Gilbert, AZ|
|NC||Alex Aragon Scottsdale, AZ|| |