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."
|1||Redford Bobbitt Las Vegas, NV||-3||F||-13||66||66||68||67||267|
|T2||Tee-K Kelly Wheaton, IL||-7||F||-11||69||69||68||63||269|
|T2||Zach Foushee Lake Oswego, OR||-4||F||-11||64||66||73||66||269|
|T2||Taylor Bibbs (a) Rancho Santa Fe, CA||-2||F||-11||63||69||69||68||269|
|T5||Yikeun Chang Hacienda Heights, CA||-4||F||-10||65||69||70||66||270|
|T5||David Gazzolo Riverside, CA||-2||F||-10||67||69||66||68||270|
|T7||Mathias Dahl Sweden||-3||F||-9||66||70||68||67||271|
|T7||Juan Pablo Hernandez Mexico||-2||F||-9||70||68||65||68||271|
|9||Richard Lee Phoenix, AZ||-2||F||-7||66||66||73||68||273|
|T10||Curtis Yonke Olathe, KS||E||F||-6||62||75||67||70||274|
|T10||Alex Franklin San Rafael, CA||+2||F||-6||67||68||67||72||274|
|12||Armando Favela Chula Vista, CA||-4||F||-5||66||70||73||66||275|
|T13||Robbie Greenwell Canada||-2||F||-3||70||70||69||68||277|
|T13||Manav Shah Bakersfield, CA||E||F||-3||69||69||69||70||277|
|T13||Danny Woltman Beaver Dam, WI||+3||F||-3||69||69||66||73||277|
|T16||Jonathan Sanders Chatsworth, CA||-2||F||-2||72||69||69||68||278|
|T16||Brent Grant Murrieta, CA||+1||F||-2||67||72||68||71||278|
|T16||Tyler Torano Chula Vista, CA||+2||F||-2||68||69||69||72||278|
|T16||Cory McElyea Santa Cruz, CA||+2||F||-2||69||72||65||72||278|
|T20||Sulman Raza Eugene, OR||-4||F||-1||71||74||68||66||279|
|T20||Christian Chang San Diego, CA||-4||F||-1||75||67||71||66||279|
|T20||Colin Featherstone Fallbrook, CA||-4||F||-1||76||70||67||66||279|
|T20||Joshua Goldstein Las Vegas, NV||+2||F||-1||67||70||70||72||279|
|T20||Rodrigo Lee Brazil||+1||F||-1||70||71||67||71||279|
|T20||Hayden Shieh Fremont, CA||+1||F||-1||69||70||69||71||279|
|T20||Bryan Fox Roswell, GA||+2||F||-1||69||70||68||72||279|
|DID NOT QUALIFY|
|T27||Michael Feuerstein San Diego, CA||-2||F||E||69||68||75||68||280|
|T27||Max Cohen Los Angeles, CA||-1||F||E||72||68||71||69||280|
|T27||David Bradshaw Encinitas, CA||-2||F||E||73||72||67||68||280|
|T27||Sam Cyr La Jolla, CA||E||F||E||70||68||72||70||280|
|T27||Matthew Pinizzotto Salinas, CA||E||F||E||68||67||75||70||280|
|T27||Charlie Kern Bluffton, SC||E||F||E||71||69||70||70||280|
|T27||James Back La Palma, CA||+1||F||E||74||67||68||71||280|
|T27||Kelby Scharmann Trabuco Canyon, CA||+1||F||E||65||72||72||71||280|
|T27||Brendan Gielow Ashville, NC||+3||F||E||69||73||65||73||280|
|T36||Andrew Levitt Ladera Ranch, CA||-4||F||+1||71||71||73||66||281|
|T36||Isidro Benitez Mexico||-2||F||+1||73||67||73||68||281|
|T36||Austin Graham Rancho Mission Viejo, CA||+1||F||+1||70||70||70||71||281|
|39||Kaz Hoffman San Rafael, CA||-1||F||+2||72||68||73||69||282|
|40||Blake Barens Orange, CA||-2||F||+3||74||71||70||68||283|
|41||P.J. Samiere San Francisco, CA||+2||F||+4||74||71||67||72||284|
|42||Genki Tamashiro San Diego, CA||-1||F||+5||74||70||72||69||285|
|T43||J.J. Nevius Mountainside, NJ||+1||F||+6||72||66||77||71||286|
|T43||Dylan Crowley Studio City, CA||+3||F||+6||72||73||68||73||286|
|T45||Preston Valder Yorba Linda, CA||+2||F||+7||75||74||66||72||287|
|T45||Derrick Williams Riverside, CA||+4||F||+7||75||72||66||74||287|
|T45||Danny Ochoa Carlsbad, CA||+5||F||+7||74||71||67||75||287|
|T48||Anthony Cecere Scottsdale, AZ||-3||F||+8||77||71||73||67||288|
|T48||Corey Shaun Encinitas, CA||-3||F||+8||78||71||72||67||288|
|T48||Luis Fernando Barco (a) Peru||+2||F||+8||79||68||69||72||288|
|T48||Jake Kevorkian St.Petersburg, FL||+4||F||+8||73||72||69||74||288|
|T48||Jared Mactas Woodcliff Lake, NJ||+7||F||+8||70||73||68||77||288|
|T53||David Longmire Glendora, CA||-1||F||+9||72||67||81||69||289|
|T53||Matt Picanso Vista, CA||+3||F||+9||73||70||73||73||289|
|55||Jay Lim Los Angeles, CA||-1||F||+10||74||73||74||69||290|
|T56||Alex Chiarella San Diego, CA||-1||F||+11||76||72||74||69||291|
|T56||Wonje Choi San Diego, CA||E||F||+11||77||72||72||70||291|
|T56||Chris Babcock Shoreline, WA||+4||F||+11||74||74||69||74||291|
|59||Jeff Olisar Phoenix, AZ||+8||F||+13||77||68||70||78||293|
|60||Sarosh Adi Plano, TX||+5||F||+14||74||75||70||75||294|
|T61||Suguru Ochiai Pomona, CA||-4||F||+15||73||79||77||66||295|
|T61||Tyler Sluman Brandenton, FL||+3||F||+15||78||73||71||73||295|
|63||Kyle Wilson San Diego, CA||+11||F||+16||74||71||70||81||296|
|T64||Brady Sharp College Place, WA||+3||F||+17||77||75||72||73||297|
|T64||Fredrik Nilehn (a) Lubbock, TX||+1||F||+17||75||72||79||71||297|
|66||Brett Silvernail Ventura, CA||+6||F||+18||75||69||78||76||298|
|67||Evan Beirne Jupiter, FL||+6||F||+20||77||71||76||76||300|
|68||Braeden Koran Fallbrook, CA||+9||F||+26||79||73||75||79||306|
|T69||Boris Stantchev La Qunita, CA||+3||F||+27||78||81||75||73||307|
|T69||Brian Coe Dallas, TX||+9||F||+27||80||70||78||79||307|