2019 Korn Ferry Q-School | Day 3, Stage 2 | Jordan Niebrugge

2019 Korn Ferry Q-School | Day 3, Stage 2 | Jordan Niebrugge

MURRIETA, Calif. — What we saw Thursday at Bear Creek Golf Club for two golfers with roots in Wisconsin — and what was happening at the same time for three others across the country at Southern Plantation Resort in Brooksville, Fla. — was that weekly golf occurrence known as Moving Day.

Most weeks on the Korn Ferry Tour, it simply precedes the final day of a golf tournament and positions golfers to determine the size of their paycheck in the same rinse-wash-repeat cycle as all Sundays ending in "y." During the week of Qualifying School, though, Moving Day falls on Thursdays and precedes a day with a far more ominous tone and far more reaching consequences — Judgment Day, which is part final exam, part job interview for aspiring professional golfers with sights set on the PGA Tour.

Mequon's Jordan Niebrugge and River Falls' Neil Johnson both know the drill. Last year, Niebrugge survived the second stage of what was then Web.com Tour Q-School at Bear Creek with a sixth-place showing while Johnson finished in a tie for 45th place and missed advancing to the final stage by four strokes.

This year, both head into the final round with a shot to advance — Niebrugge, albeit, with the better opportunity of the two Wisconsin natives at this site.

The former Oklahoma State golfer made three birdies, an eagle and a double-bogey in a 3-under-par 69 that inched him into sole possession of second at 10-under 206 after 54 holes. Niebrugge was one shot behind Brandon Wu of Scarsdale, N.Y., whose 4-under 68 got him to 11-under 205 for the week.

"Like I've said, I feel we have a great game plan out here," said Niebrugge, who failed to retain his Korn Ferry Tour exempt status after finishing 139th on the money list with $35,317 in 23 events. "I like the course. I like how it's set up. I've been hitting the ball well so I just need to keep on doing that. Just one foot in front of the other and I should be able to have some fun (Friday)."

Johnson, who last made it to the final stage in 2013 finishing on the number in Kingwood, Texas, will start Friday's final round two shots out of the top 20 and ties, which is the cutoff to advance out of this qualifier. In four tries over the last five years, Johnson has missed advancing by a total of 18 strokes.

"I know my game well enough that whatever I shoot, I know if I lost some or gained some to the field pretty much," Johnson said. "I could tell out there it was gettable (Thursday). A little bit of a breeze, but nothing crazy. There were some tricky pins, but there were some other holes that you've got to get.

"When it's the third day, that literally always is kind of the moving day. It just is because they always throw those odd-ball pins at you or tee placements. You just have to be ready to go and get it. I took a step back with a 74."

Technically, one stepped forward and two back among golfers with Wisconsin ties at the qualifying site in Florida. 

Reigning Wisconsin State Open champion Dan Woltman, a former University of Wisconsin golfer from Beaver Dam, broke par for the third day in a row with a 2-under 70. His 10-under 206 total has him in a tie for eighth place, nine shots behind John VandDerLaan of Ponte Beach, Fla., but — more importantly —  Woltman is still three shots ahead of the cut line entering his 8:28 CST tee time Friday morning.

Recent UW grad Jordan Hahn of Spring Grove, Ill. shot his second straight 69 and, at 6-under 210, is tied for 26th after 54 holes, just two shots shy of the cut line. Recent Marquette grad OJ Farrell, after a pair of 70s, fell into a share of 50th place at 2-under 214, six shots off the cut line with 18 holes to play.

"(Thursday) was a grind," Woltman wrote via text, mindful of the fact he failed to reach the final stage by one stroke last year at Bear Creek. "Not my best stuff (Thursday), but managed to still shoot a couple under. (I just have to) stay patient (Friday) and execute good golf shots and see where that takes me."

That's the action outline Niebrugge will take to work Friday in search of a Stage 2 victory.

Through 54 holes, Niebrugge has made 11 birdies (ranking him tied for 27th in that category), three eagles (tops in the field), three bogeys and two double-bogeys. After successfully navigating Stage 1 of qualifying for the European Tour last month, Niebrugge wanted to play in last week's second stage Korn Ferry Tour qualifier in McKinney, Texas, to avoid a conflict this week overseas with that Stage 2 qualifier.

"Wherever you're at, if you are winning a golf tournament, you're playing pretty good golf," Niebrugge said before Wu passed him in the final group of the day. "I mean, I have two doubles (so) I'd like to have a couple of shots back. For the most part, I've played great golf. I've done what I've wanted to do and what I've needed to do. I left a quite a bit out there, but – at the same time – I played solid and pretty stress-free. When you're at Q-School, if you want to play stress free, it makes it a lot easier."


MURRIETA, CALIF.

POS
 
Wisconsin Leaderboard
TOTAL
THRU
TODAY
R1
R2
R3
R4
STROKES
 
2
Arrow Up
 1
Jordan Niebrugge  Jupiter, FL-10F-3677069 206 
T27
Arrow Down
 5
Neil Johnson  River Falls, WI+2F+2747074 218 
Full Leaderboard
IN CONTENTION - Qualifiers: 20  Alternates: 0 ..
1
Arrow Up
 2
Brandon Wu  Scarsdale, NY-11F-4726568 205 
2
Arrow Up
 1
Jordan Niebrugge  Jupiter, FL-10F-3677069 206 
T3
Arrow Up
 13
Stuart Macdonald  Canada-9F-8677664 207 
T3
Arrow Up
 2
Theo Humphrey  Tequesta, FL-9F-3667269 207 
5
Arrow Up
 2
Zach Wright  Phoenix, AZ-7F-3716969 209 
6
Arrow Up
 7
Jimmy Gunn  Mesa, AZ-6F-4697368 210 
T7-Alistair Docherty  Vancouver, WA-5F-1707071 211 
T7
Arrow Down
 6
Nahum Mendoza III  Chula Vista, CA-5F+4716476 211 
T9
Arrow Up
 13
KK Limbhasut  Scottsdale, AZ-4F-4707468 212 
T9-John Young Kim  Walnut, CA-4F-1717071 212 
T9
Arrow Down
 3
Robby Ormand  Buda, TX-4F+1687173 212 
T9
Arrow Down
 7
Sebastian Crampton  Scottsdale, AZ-4F+4686876 212 
13
Arrow Down
 4
Andy Spencer (a)  Prairie Village, KS-3FE756672 213 
T14
Arrow Up
 2
Brent Grant  Murrieta, CA-2F-1737071 214 
T14
Arrow Down
 5
Matt Campbell  Clifton Park, NY-2F+1697273 214 
16
Arrow Up
 9
Yi Keun Chang  Hacienda Heights, CA-1F-2717470 215 
T17
Arrow Up
 15
Alex Chiarella  San Diego, CAEF-2737370 216 
T17
Arrow Up
 15
David Gazzolo  Riverside, CAEF-2786870 216 
T17
Arrow Up
 15
Jared Sawada  Mililani, HIEF-2717570 216 
T17
Arrow Up
 8
Daniel Miernicki  Santee, CAEF-1737271 216 
NOT CURRENTLY IN CONTENTION
T21
Arrow Up
 16
Chris Korte  Littleton, CO+1F *-2737470 217 
T21
Arrow Up
 4
Matt Picanso  Vista, CA+1FE766972 217 
T21
Arrow Up
 31
Gregor Main  Danville, CA+1F *-5757567 217 
T21
Arrow Down
 5
Andre Metzger  Scottsdale, AZ+1F+2746974 217 
T21
Arrow Down
 5
David Kim  Buena Park, CA+1F+2727174 217 
T21
Arrow Down
 12
Alex Kang  Las Vegas, NV+1F+4707176 217 
T27
Arrow Up
 10
Matt Marshall  Yamhill, OR+2F-1727571 218 
T27
Arrow Down
 2
Ryann Ree  Redondo Beach, CA+2F+1747173 218 
T27
Arrow Down
 5
Motin Yeung  Orlando, FL+2F+2717374 218 
T27
Arrow Down
 5
Neil Johnson  River Falls, WI+2F+2747074 218 
T27
Arrow Up
 25
Ryan Ellerbrock  Chula Vista, CA+2F *-4757568 218 
T27
Arrow Down
 14
Connor Blick  Alamo, CA+2F+4677576 218 
T33
Arrow Down
 1
Colton Yates  Scottsdale, AZ+3F+1747273 219 
T33
Arrow Up
 4
James Allenby  Canada+3FE747372 219 
T33
Arrow Up
 4
Hayden Shieh  Fremont, CA+3F *E767172 219 
T33
Arrow Up
 8
David Mathis  Wake Forest, NC+3F *-1796971 219 
T33
Arrow Up
 8
Justin Bryant  Kirkwood, MO+3F *-1757371 219 
T33
Arrow Up
 16
Ryan Cole  Mount Airy, MD+3F *-2747570 219 
T33
Arrow Up
 19
Yannik Paul  Phoenix, AZ+3F *-3757569 219 
T33
Arrow Down
 17
Max Marsico  Las Vegas, NV+3F+4707376 219 
T41
Arrow Down
 16
Daniel Summerhays  Fruit Heights, UT+4F+3727375 220 
T41
Arrow Down
 9
Patrick Grimes  Menlo Park, CA+4F+2717574 220 
T43
Arrow Up
 9
Parker McLachlin  Scottsdale, AZ+5F *-1787271 221 
T43
Arrow Up
 22
Morgan Deneen  Conway, SC+5F *-5797567 221 
T45
Arrow Down
 4
Jeremy Paul  Scottsdale, AZ+6F *+2757374 222 
T45
Arrow Down
 20
Jake Greenspoon  Houston, TX+6F+5717477 222 
T45
Arrow Down
 32
Brendon Jelley  Tulsa, OK+6F+8697380 222 
T48
Arrow Down
 7
Steele DeWald  Park City, UT+7F *+3777175 223 
T48
Arrow Down
 7
Ted Purdy  Phoenix, AZ+7F *+3747475 223 
T48
Arrow Up
 4
Skyler Finnell  Carmel, CA+7F *+1767473 223 
T48
Arrow Down
 32
Cole Madey  West Linn, OR+7F+8707380 223 
T48
Arrow Up
 20
Kyle Maze  Phoenix, AZ+7F *-4857068 223 
T53
Arrow Down
 12
Alex Springer  Stilwell, KS+8F *+4737576 224 
T53
Arrow Down
 4
Brady Calkins  Chehalis, WA+8F *+3767375 224 
T53
Arrow Down
 1
Jared Mactas  Woodcliff Lake, NJ+8F *+2747674 224 
T53
Arrow Up
 5
Tyler Torano  Chula Vista, CA+8F *+1807173 224 
T53
Arrow Up
 5
Joseph Harrison  Boulder City, NV+8F *+1767573 224 
T58
Arrow Down
 33
Alberto Sanchez  Nogales, AZ+9F+8737280 225 
T58
Arrow Down
 17
Landon Lyons  Baton Rouge, LA+9F *+5767277 225 
T60
Arrow Down
 19
Peter Campbell  Windermere, FL+10F *+6727678 226 
T60
Arrow Up
 5
Nate Yankovich  Blacklick, OH+10F *E787672 226 
T60
Arrow Up
 9
Jeremy Gandon  France+10F *-2777970 226 
T60
Arrow Up
 9
Blake Sattler  New Philadelphia, OH+10F *-2777970 226 
64-Jamie Sadlowski  Canada+11F *+2757874 227 
T65
Arrow Down
 16
Kaz Hoffman  San Rafael, CA+13F *+8747580 229 
T65
Arrow Down
 7
Kelby Scharmann  Trabuco Canyon, CA+13F *+6757678 229 
T67
Arrow Down
 6
Patrick Newcomb  Benton, KY+14F *+6757778 230 
T67
Arrow Down
 6
Kyle Karazissis  Indian Wells, CA+14F *+6787478 230 
T67
Arrow Up
 5
Trent Virden  Reno, NV+14F *E837572 230 
T70
Arrow Down
 9
Mitch Carlson  Las Vegas, NV+15F *+7767679 231 
T70
Arrow Down
 5
Jere Pelletier  El Paso, TX+15F *+5787677 231 
72
Arrow Down
 1
Chris Crisologo  Canada+18F *+5837477 234 
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WD-Rico Hoey  Rancho Cucamonga, CA+1  73   73 
WD-Corey Pereira  Cameron Park, CA+4  76   76 
WD-Nicolo Galletti  Phoenix, AZ+7  7774  151 
WD-Steve Allan  Scottsdale, AZ         
DQ-Ricky Barnes  Phoenix, AZ+4F+3717475 220 
DQ-Bryan Hogan  Richmond, TX+6  78   78 

BROOKSVILLE, FLA.

POS
 
Wisconsin Leaderboard
TOTAL
THRU
TODAY
R1
R2
R3
R4
STROKES
 
T8
Arrow Down
 4
Dan Woltman  Beaver Dam, WI-10F-2686870 206 
T26
Arrow Up
 7
Jordan Hahn  Spring Grove, IL-6F-3726969 210 
T50
Arrow Down
 23
OJ Farrell (a)  United Kingdom-2F+2707074 214 
Full Leaderboard
CURRENTLY INSIDE THE QUALIFYING POSITIONS - Qualifiers: 18  Alternates: 0
1-John VanDerLaan  Ponte Vedra Beach, FL-19F-8666764 197 
2
Arrow Up
 5
Brad Miller  Timonium, MD-14F-7696865 202 
3
Arrow Down
 1
Spencer Levin  Charleston, SC-13F-3666869 203 
T4
Arrow Up
 3
Braden Thornberry  Olive Branch, MS-12F-5706767 204 
T4
Arrow Up
 3
Frederick Wedel  The Woodlands, TX-12F-5686967 204 
T6
Arrow Up
 12
Mikel Martinson  Fort Worth, TX-11F-6706966 205 
T6
Arrow Up
 1
Ryan Siegler  Windsor, NJ-11F-4686968 205 
T8
Arrow Up
 19
Trevor Cone  Charlotte, NC-10F-6726866 206 
T8
Arrow Up
 10
Kyle Reifers  Mooresville, NC-10F-5677267 206 
T8
Arrow Up
 10
Broc Everett  West Des Moines, IA-10F-5736667 206 
T8
Arrow Down
 1
Tee-k Kelly  Wheaton, IL-10F-3657269 206 
T8
Arrow Down
 4
Dan Woltman  Beaver Dam, WI-10F-2686870 206 
T8
Arrow Down
 4
Gordon Neale  Trabuco Canyon, CA-10F-2696770 206 
T8
Arrow Down
 6
TJ Mitchell  St Simons Island, GA-10FE656972 206 
T15
Arrow Up
 3
Mickey DeMorat  Merritt Island, FL-9F-4687168 207 
T15-Derek Oland  Plano, TX-9F-3726669 207 
T15
Arrow Down
 8
Mark Baldwin  Mesa, AZ-9F-2706770 207 
T18
Arrow Up
 15
Derek Ernst  Prosper, TX-8F-5697267 208 
T18
Arrow Up
 9
Peter Creighton  Kenmore, NY-8F-4697168 208 
T18
Arrow Up
 24
Eric Dietrich  Cheshire, CT-8F-6727066 208 
T18-Mark Blakefield  Sanford, FL-8F-3697069 208 
CURRENTLY OUTSIDE THE QUALIFYING POSITIONS
T22
Arrow Up
 5
Richard Lee  Phoenix, AZ-7F-3707069 209 
T22
Arrow Down
 4
Seth Fair  Pittsboro, IN-7F-2677270 209 
T22
Arrow Down
 7
Ryan Sullivan  Winston-Salem, NC-7F-1716771 209 
T22
Arrow Down
 15
Piri Borja  Coral Springs, FL-7FE677072 209 
T26
Arrow Up
 7
Ben Griffin  Chapel Hill, NC-6F-3707169 210 
T26
Arrow Up
 7
Joseph Gunerman  Apollo Beach, FL-6F-3687369 210 
T26
Arrow Up
 7
Jordan Hahn  Spring Grove, IL-6F-3726969 210 
T26
Arrow Down
 8
Matt Atkins  North Augusta, SC-6F-1706971 210 
T26
Arrow Up
 23
Jack Maguire  St. Petersburg, FL-6F-6717366 210 
T26
Arrow Down
 8
Donnie Trosper (a)  Canton, MI-6F-1716871 210 
T26
Arrow Down
 11
Matt Ryan  Huntersville, NC-6FE677172 210 
T26
Arrow Down
 19
John Merrick  Reston, VA-6F+1677073 210 
T34
Arrow Down
 1
Kyle Mueller  Watkinsville, GA-5F-2717070 211 
T34
Arrow Down
 1
Will Gordon  Davidson, NC-5F-2717070 211 
T34
Arrow Down
 7
Travis Trace  Jacksonville, FL-5F-1697171 211 
T34
Arrow Down
 1
David Tepe  Columbus, OH-5F-2677470 211 
T34
Arrow Up
 8
Alexandre Rocha  Windermere, FL-5F-3717169 211 
T34
Arrow Up
 12
Hunter Richardson  Clarksville, TN-5F-4697468 211 
T40
Arrow Up
 2
Charlie Netzel  Western Springs, IL-4F-2707270 212 
T40
Arrow Down
 13
Garrett Osborn  Birmingham, AL-4FE697172 212 
T40
Arrow Down
 22
Michael Johnson  Birmingham, AL-4F+1706973 212 
T40
Arrow Up
 12
Blake Morris  Hobe Sound, FL-4F-5727367 212 
T44
Arrow Down
 11
Rasmey Kong  West Palm Beach, FL-3FE667572 213 
T44
Arrow Down
 11
Akshay Bhatia  Wake Forest, NC-3FE687372 213 
T44
Arrow Up
 2
Conner Godsey  Jacksonville Beach, FL-3F-2707370 213 
T44
Arrow Up
 5
Drew Nesbitt  Canada-3F-3727269 213 
T44
Arrow Up
 11
Raul Pereda  St. Augustine, FL-3F-5747267 213 
T44
Arrow Down
 40
Myles Creighton  Canada-3F+5647277 213 
T50
Arrow Down
 23
OJ Farrell (a)  United Kingdom-2F+2707074 214 
T50
Arrow Down
 4
Matt Schall  Charlotte, NC-2F-1697471 214 
T50
Arrow Up
 5
Ryan Stachler  Milton, GA-2F-4737368 214 
T53
Arrow Down
 11
Michael Nagy  Manistique, MI-1F+1727073 215 
T53
Arrow Down
 1
Don Leafstrand  New Smyrna Beach, FL-1F-2697670 215 
55
Arrow Up
 12
Dru Love  St. Simons Island, GAEF-6737766 216 
56
Arrow Down
 4
Matt Hill  Jupiter, FL+1FE727372 217 
57
Arrow Up
 2
Sean Dale  Jacksonville, FL+2F-2737570 218 
T58
Arrow Down
 9
Kyle Kochevar  Glen Ellyn, IL+4F+4727276 220 
T58
Arrow Down
 3
Brandon Hoelzer  Henderson, NV+4F+2737374 220 
T58
Arrow Up
 6
David Lee  Houston, TX+4F-1757471 220 
T61
Arrow Down
 2
Todd Demsey  Ponte Vedra Beach, FL+5F+1737573 221 
T61
Arrow Down
 2
Stephen Stallings Jr.  Louisville, KY+5F+1727673 221 
T61
Arrow Down
 2
John Coultas  Valrico, FL+5F+1737573 221 
T61
Arrow Down
 2
David Wicks  Jacksonville Beach, FL+5F+1707873 221 
T61
Arrow Up
 3
Michael Cromie  Raleigh, NC+5FE737672 221 
T66
Arrow Down
 11
Kameron Williams  Braselton, GA+6F+4717576 222 
T66
Arrow Down
 2
Bo Hayes  Southside, AL+6F+1767373 222 
T66
Arrow Up
 1
Chris Yeom  Flushing, NY+6FE757572 222 
T66
Arrow Up
 3
Tom Nettles  McMurray, PA+6F-3747969 222 

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