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."


 
POS
PLAYER
THRU
TOTAL
STROKES
 
QUALIFIERS (4)
1Robert Garrigus  Phoenix, AZF-666 
T2Aaron Baddeley  Scottsdale, AZF-567 
T2Curtis Luck  Cleveland, OHF-567 
T4Richard Lee  Phoenix, AZF-468 
DID NOT QUALIFY
T4David Kim  Buena Park, CAF-468 
T4Roberto Diaz  Fair oaks ranch, TXF *-468 
T4Sean Birren  La Verne, CAF-468 
T4Wes Roach  Knoxville, TNF-468 
T4Andrew Loupe  Baton Rouge, LAF *-468 
T10Sepp Straka  Valdosta, GAF *-369 
T10DJ Trahan  Charleston, SCF *-369 
T10Matthew Fitzpatrick  Palm Beach Gardens, FLF-369 
T10Alex Kang  Las vegas, NVF *-369 
T10Fabian Gomez  Key Biscayne, FLF-369 
T15Brad Adamonis  Coral Springs, FLF-270 
T15Thomas Chu  San DiegoF-270 
T15Andres Gonzales  Lakewood, WAF-270 
T15Beau Schoolcraft  Denver, COF *-270 
T15David Gazzolo  Riverside, CAF-270 
T15Jonathan Garrick  Los Angeles, CAF-270 
T15Eric McCardle  Las Vegas, NVF *-270 
T15Shintaro Ban  Las Vegas, NVF *-270 
T15Wyndham Clark  Purcellville, VAF *-270 
T15Jonathan De Los Reyes  Modesto, CAF *-270 
T15Erik Van Rooyen  St Anthony, MNF-270 
T15Christopher Crisologo (a)  Richmond, BCF-270 
T27Dan Woltman  Beaver Dam, WIF *-171 
T27Tain Lee  Irvine, CAF-171 
T27Spencer Levin  Roseville, CAF-171 
T27Brian Davis  Windermere, FLF *-171 
T27Josh Esler  Wauconda, ILF *-171 
T27Corey Conners  Jupiter, FLF-171 
T27Hank Lebioda  Orlando, FLF-171 
T27Kevin Kring  Springfield, MOF *-171 
T35Joey Garber  St. Simons Island, GAFE72 
T35Charlie Beljan  Mesa, AZFE72 
T35Mark Anguiano  Whittier, CAFE72 
T35Jason Gore  Valencia, CAFE72 
T35Andrew Yun  Phoenix, AZF *E72 
T35Bob May  Las Vegas, NVFE72 
T35Steve Allan  Scottsdale, AZFE72 
T42Genki Tamashiro  San Diego, CAF+173 
T42Skyler Finnell  Carmel, CAF *+173 
T42William Kropp  Oklahoma City, OKF *+173 
T42Sung joon Park  La habra, CAF *+173 
T42Armando Favela  Chula Vista, CAF *+173 
T42Chris Gilman  Yorba Linda, CAF *+173 
T42Patrick Grimes  Menlo Park, CAF *+173 
T42Brandon Crick  McCook, NEF+173 
T42Dong Hyuk Lee  Fontana, CAF+173 
T42Ricky Castillo (a)  Yorba Linda, CAF+173 
T42Byungmin Cho  San jacinto, CAF *+173 
T53Chris Thompson  Lawrence, KSF+274 
T53Martin Trainer  Palo Alto, CAF+274 
T53Jeffrey Kang  Buena Park, CAF *+274 
T53Brent Grant  Murrieta, CAF *+274 
T57Daniel Ko (a)  Los Angeles, CAF *+375 
T57Ted Purdy  Phoenix, AZF *+375 
T57Adam Svensson  Jupiter, FLF *+375 
T60Phillip Mac OGrady  Palm Springs, CAF *+476 
T60John young Kim  Walnut, CAF+476 
62Cameron Tringale  Purcellville, VAF *+577 
T63Rick Garboski  Westlake Village, CAF+678 
T63Hyeong Uk Park (a)  Canoga Park, CAF+678 
T63Gookmin Kim  La Puente, CAF *+678 
66Michael D'Angelo  Redondo Beach, CAF *+779 
67Seung chan Lee (a)  Playa vista, CAF *+880 
DID NOT FINISH
WDRafael Becker  Dallas, TX    
WDAndrew Kramer  Chino Hills, CA    
WDDru Love  St. Simons Island, GA    
WDTom Lovelady  Jupiter, FL    
WDSebastian Munoz  Addison, TX    
WDHyun woo Ryu  Irvine, CA    
WDBrady Schnell  Gilbert, AZ    
NCAlex Aragon  Scottsdale, AZ   

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Rob started covering the Wisconsin golf scene in 1987 at the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison & has been the only reporter covering all levels of state golf. He joined Killarney Golf Media in Sept. 2015 & helped launch Wisconsin.Golf in Jan. 2016.