RANCHO SANTA FE, California — Dan Woltman's strategy for attacking The Crosby GC couldn't have been more different Friday during the final round of the first stage of Web.com Tour Qualifying School than his playing partners.

They gripped it. They ripped it. Woltman was far more meticulous.

The former University of Wisconsin golfer from Beaver Dam pulled 2-iron far more often than driver, laid up on par-5s and kept the hole in front of him. The final score wasn't pretty — a 3-over-par 73 — but his 3-under 277 was good for a tie for 13th place and enough to send him onto the second of three stages of the qualifying process for the PGA Tour's developmental tour.

"This is a golf course, if you look at the scores, there are a lot of low numbers and a lot of high numbers," Woltman said. "Every hole, there is a chance to make a double-(bogey) really quickly. ... You've got to finish in the top 22, and I tried to take big numbers out of play and still give myself chances to make some birdies. I think I only hit three or four drivers on the golf course, just trying to stay patient. And I needed to stay patient (Friday)."

Indeed, he lipped out a short birdie putt on the first hole, another on the fourth hole and four in all. Two other birdie putts crawled up to the lip and stopped dead in the center of the cup. It was hard not to get frustrated.

"That's what the guys said walking off (the last green)," Woltman said of his playing partners, Curtis Yonke and Mathias Dahl. "They said it was hard watching me today because they were pulling for me. They were both well inside of the number (to advance) and they said "We saw you hit a lot of good putts; they just didn't go in.' That's golf. ... Some go in and some don't.

"(Thursday), I made my fair share (in a round of 5-under 65). So maybe the golf course wanted to take a few back (Friday), which it did."

For Woltman, who was derailed at the first stage a year ago in Nebraska City, Nebraska, it was important to see results of swing work that began last winter. It pumped new-found confidence in his game this summer and resulted in a string of victories at the Iowa Open, the Kansas City Open, the Wisconsin State Open and the Nebraska Open and continued, at times, this week on the Bermuda grasses of The Crosby Course.

"I'll be honest; I didn't have my best game this week," said Woltman, who played a four-hole stretch near the turn in 5-over before finally making his first birdie on the par-5 16th hole and added another at No. 18 to finish the day. "I made some good putts (Thursday), which is why I shot a good number. I made some mid-range putts, which you don't make all the time.

"I'm glad to be advancing, but I have some work to do. I have to go back these next two weeks and really get this thing dialed in. I didn't play this week the way I have been playing. I don't want to make excuses for it; there's no time off. Golf, some weeks, you don't have it. Luckily, I was able to make some good putts (Thursday), which gave me the wiggle room and I needed all of it today."

1Redford Bobbitt  Las Vegas, NV-3F-1366666867267 
T2Tee-K Kelly  Wheaton, IL-7F-1169696863269 
T2Zach Foushee  Lake Oswego, OR-4F-1164667366269 
T2Taylor Bibbs (a)  Rancho Santa Fe, CA-2F-1163696968269 
T5Yikeun Chang  Hacienda Heights, CA-4F-1065697066270 
T5David Gazzolo  Riverside, CA-2F-1067696668270 
T7Mathias Dahl  Sweden-3F-966706867271 
T7Juan Pablo Hernandez  Mexico-2F-970686568271 
9Richard Lee  Phoenix, AZ-2F-766667368273 
T10Curtis Yonke  Olathe, KSEF-662756770274 
T10Alex Franklin  San Rafael, CA+2F-667686772274 
12Armando Favela  Chula Vista, CA-4F-566707366275 
T13Robbie Greenwell  Canada-2F-370706968277 
T13Manav Shah  Bakersfield, CAEF-369696970277 
T13Danny Woltman  Beaver Dam, WI+3F-369696673277 
T16Jonathan Sanders  Chatsworth, CA-2F-272696968278 
T16Brent Grant  Murrieta, CA+1F-267726871278 
T16Tyler Torano  Chula Vista, CA+2F-268696972278 
T16Cory McElyea  Santa Cruz, CA+2F-269726572278 
T20Sulman Raza  Eugene, OR-4F-171746866279 
T20Christian Chang  San Diego, CA-4F-175677166279 
T20Colin Featherstone  Fallbrook, CA-4F-176706766279 
T20Joshua Goldstein  Las Vegas, NV+2F-167707072279 
T20Rodrigo Lee  Brazil+1F-170716771279 
T20Hayden Shieh  Fremont, CA+1F-169706971279 
T20Bryan Fox  Roswell, GA+2F-169706872279 
T27Michael Feuerstein  San Diego, CA-2FE69687568280 
T27Max Cohen  Los Angeles, CA-1FE72687169280 
T27David Bradshaw  Encinitas, CA-2FE73726768280 
T27Sam Cyr  La Jolla, CAEFE70687270280 
T27Matthew Pinizzotto  Salinas, CAEFE68677570280 
T27Charlie Kern  Bluffton, SCEFE71697070280 
T27James Back  La Palma, CA+1FE74676871280 
T27Kelby Scharmann  Trabuco Canyon, CA+1FE65727271280 
T27Brendan Gielow  Ashville, NC+3FE69736573280 
T36Andrew Levitt  Ladera Ranch, CA-4F+171717366281 
T36Isidro Benitez  Mexico-2F+173677368281 
T36Austin Graham  Rancho Mission Viejo, CA+1F+170707071281 
39Kaz Hoffman  San Rafael, CA-1F+272687369282 
40Blake Barens  Orange, CA-2F+374717068283 
41P.J. Samiere  San Francisco, CA+2F+474716772284 
42Genki Tamashiro  San Diego, CA-1F+574707269285 
T43J.J. Nevius  Mountainside, NJ+1F+672667771286 
T43Dylan Crowley  Studio City, CA+3F+672736873286 
T45Preston Valder  Yorba Linda, CA+2F+775746672287 
T45Derrick Williams  Riverside, CA+4F+775726674287 
T45Danny Ochoa  Carlsbad, CA+5F+774716775287 
T48Anthony Cecere  Scottsdale, AZ-3F+877717367288 
T48Corey Shaun  Encinitas, CA-3F+878717267288 
T48Luis Fernando Barco (a)  Peru+2F+879686972288 
T48Jake Kevorkian  St.Petersburg, FL+4F+873726974288 
T48Jared Mactas  Woodcliff Lake, NJ+7F+870736877288 
T53David Longmire  Glendora, CA-1F+972678169289 
T53Matt Picanso  Vista, CA+3F+973707373289 
55Jay Lim  Los Angeles, CA-1F+1074737469290 
T56Alex Chiarella  San Diego, CA-1F+1176727469291 
T56Wonje Choi  San Diego, CAEF+1177727270291 
T56Chris Babcock  Shoreline, WA+4F+1174746974291 
59Jeff Olisar  Phoenix, AZ+8F+1377687078293 
60Sarosh Adi  Plano, TX+5F+1474757075294 
T61Suguru Ochiai  Pomona, CA-4F+1573797766295 
T61Tyler Sluman  Brandenton, FL+3F+1578737173295 
63Kyle Wilson  San Diego, CA+11F+1674717081296 
T64Brady Sharp  College Place, WA+3F+1777757273297 
T64Fredrik Nilehn (a)  Lubbock, TX+1F+1775727971297 
66Brett Silvernail  Ventura, CA+6F+1875697876298 
67Evan Beirne  Jupiter, FL+6F+2077717676300 
68Braeden Koran  Fallbrook, CA+9F+2679737579306 
T69Boris Stantchev  La Qunita, CA+3F+2778817573307 
T69Brian Coe  Dallas, TX+9F+2780707879307


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.