2018 Web.com Tour Q-School | Day 3, Stage 2 | Oostburg's Patrick Stolpe

2018 Web.com Tour Q-School | Day 3, Stage 2 | Oostburg's Patrick Stolpe

MURRIETA, California — At age 25, Jordan Niebrugge of Mequon can't imagine what it would be like to still be trying to climb golf's competitive ladder in 12 years the way that 37-year-old Oostburg native Patrick Stolpe is this week during his debut in the second stage of Web.com Tour Qualifying School.

And, really, there is no time for either Wisconsin golfer to give it much thought.

There are 18 holes left in this critical second stage of qualifying for the PGA Tour's top developmental tour and Niebrugge and Stolpe in the best position of the four golfers with Wisconsin ties to advance to the December finals in Chandler, Arizona. Niebrugge shot a third-round 70 to inch up one spot into a tie for fifth place at 8-under-par 208 — seven shots behind leader Armando Favela (70) — while Stolpe shot his second straight 69 to jump eight spots into a seven-way tie for seventh place at 6-under 210, three shots inside the cutline for the top 18 plus ties that will make it out of the second stage.

"Two 3-under rounds out here is solid and doing it under the pressure is even better," Niebrugge said of Stolpe, the 1998 WIAA Division 3 state runner-up as a junior at Oostburg. Stolpe played two years of junior college golf in Iowa at Indian Hills Community College before landing at NCAA Division I Coastal Carolina, where he was a teammate of 2016 U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson. "(Friday), it's all about staying patient. Playing like he has the last couple days and like I have the last couple days will probably get it done."

And what a story that would be.

Forty might be the new 30 in professional golf if your name is Tiger Woods. But if your name is Patrick Stolpe, you take your golf at age 37 the same way you did at age 27 when he — after about three years of "doing nothing" —  made some noise on the Dakotas Tour before returning to the warm weather and laid-back life in Arizona caddying at Whisper Rock Golf Club in Scottsdale. 

"I made a more concerted effort this year to play more golf and practice more," said Stolpe, who pieced together a schedule and made $3,300 in two events on the Dakotas Tour, another $4,200 for placing ninth at the CoBank Colorado Open and $920 after tying for 27th at the Metropolitan Open near St. Louis. "It's kind of paying off here in the end. I played more tournaments this summer than I have in a lot of years. It's all coming together."

It came together Thursday with seven birdies and four bogeys on the Jack Nicklaus-designed Bear Creek layout. His 16 birdies through 54 holes are the fifth most among the 70 golfers in the field.

"I played well (Thursday); maybe let a couple get away," Stolpe said. "Overall, it was a pretty solid round."

Ditto for Niebrugge, who had five birdies and three bogeys in his 70. He birdied each of Bear Creek's four par-5s.

"I played the par-5s better (Thursday)," said Niebrugge, who has 14 birdies and six bogeys in three rounds. "It's just picking a club you're confident with off the tee. Like No. 9 (a par-5), ... I can hit iron-iron just right up there by the green. There's no need to push it when you don't have to. Then again, there are holes you can get after."

The other two Wisconsin golfers in the field will have to be in attack mode during Friday's final round if they want to get through to the finals.

Former University of Wisconsin golfer Dan Woltman, who had full Web.com Tour status in 2016, made eight birdies in a 3-under 69 that helped him climb 10 spots into a tie for 33rd at even-par 216 while River Falls' Neil Johnson played his final six holes in 2-under par to salvage a 74 and was two more shots back in a tie for 42nd at 2-over 218. After 54 holes, the magic number to advance was at 4-under, which was what it took a year ago here at Bear Creek where the top 20 plus ties in a field of 74 moved on.

"I made eight birdies and shot 3-under; that's unacceptable," Woltman said. "I just made too many mistakes. I had it going on the back (his front nine) and finished bogey-double to make the turn at even. I got it going again on the front and three-putted (No.) 7 from like 15 feet. I saw a lot of good things (Thursday), but I need to clean some things up if I want a chance (Friday)."

Wisconsin leaderboard
T5Jordan Niebrugge  Jupiter, FL10:05a-8667270 208 
T7Patrick Stolpe  Scottsdale, AZ9:43a-6726969 210 
T33Daniel Woltman  Beaver Dam, WI8:15a *E737469 216 
T42Neil Johnson  River Falls, WI8:37a *+2727274 218 
Full Leaderboard
IN CONTENTION - Qualifiers: 18  Alternates: 0
1Armando Favela  Chula Vista, CA10:16a-15686370 201 
2Brett Coletta  Australia10:16a-13686867 203 
3Cody Blick  Alamo, CA10:16a-12726666 204 
4MJ Maguire  St. Petersburg, FL10:05a-11686968 205 
T5Jordan Niebrugge  Jupiter, FL10:05a-8667270 208 
T5David Gazzolo  Riverside, CA10:05a-8687070 208 
T7Yikeun Chang  Hacienda Heights, CA9:54a-6687468 210 
T7Jamie Sadlowski  Canada9:54a-6707169 210 
T7Harrison Endycott  Australia9:54a-6716970 210 
T7Patrick Stolpe  Scottsdale, AZ9:43a-6726969 210 
T7J. Creel  Cheyenne, WY9:43a-6697071 210 
T7Matt Campbell  Clifton Park, NY9:43a-6716772 210 
T7Lorens Chan  Los Angeles, CA9:32a-6696477 210 
T14Richard Lee  Phoenix, AZ9:32a-5717169 211 
T14John Oda  Las Vegas, NV9:32a-5687370 211 
T14Timothy Madigan  Las Cruces, NM9:21a-5726970 211 
T14Norman Xiong  Las Vegas, NV9:21a-5696874 211 
T18Yannik Paul  Phoenix, AZ9:21a-4727466 212 
T18Steven Alker  Fountain Hills, AZ9:10a-4697172 212 
T20Denzel Ieremia (a)  Ames, IA9:10a-3786768 213 
T20S.J. Park  La Habra, CA9:10a-3707469 213 
T20Zach Foushee  Lake Oswego, OR8:59a-3717072 213 
T20Jonny Baxter  Pleasanton, CA8:59a-3716874 213 
T20Byron Meth  Tempa, AZ8:59a-3726873 213 
T25Brock Mackenzie  Scottsdale, AZ8:48a-2697471 214 
T25Benjamin Alvarado  Chile8:48a-2727171 214 
T25Seann Harlingten  Canada8:48a-2707272 214 
T25Nick Flanagan  San Antonio, TX8:37a-2746872 214 
T25Manav Shah  Bakersfield, CA8:37a-2667573 214 
T30Dusty Fielding  Richfield, UT8:37a-1657971 215 
T30Chris Williams  Moscow, ID8:26a-1737072 215 
T30Johnny Ruiz  Camarillo, CA8:26a-1717272 215 
T33Curtis Yonke  Olathe, KS8:26aE717471 216 
T33Chris Killmer  Bellingham, WA8:15aE747171 216 
T33Zahkai Brown  Golden, CO8:15aE727569 216 
T33Benjamin Campbell  New Zealand8:15aE737469 216 
T33Daniel Woltman  Beaver Dam, WI8:15a *E737469 216 
T38Riley Wheeldon  Canada8:15a *+1717472 217 
T38Michael Putnam  University Place, WA8:15a *+1796672 217 
T38Zane Thomas  Las Vegas, NV8:26a *+1727570 217 
T38David Mathis  Wake Forest, NC8:26a *+1736876 217 
T42Eric McCardle  Las Vegas, NV8:26a *+2747173 218 
T42Steve Allan  Scottsdale, AZ8:37a *+2737174 218 
T42Andres Gonzales  Lakewood, WA8:37a *+2697772 218 
T42Neil Johnson  River Falls, WI8:37a *+2727274 218 
T42Alex Springer  Stilwell, KS8:48a *+2777269 218 
T42Andre Metzger  Scottsdale, AZ8:48a *+2757766 218 
T48Jimmy Gunn  Mesa, AZ8:48a *+3707871 219 
T48Blair Hamilton  Canada8:59a *+3757371 219 
T48Ted Purdy  Phoenix, AZ8:59a *+3737571 219 
T48Bart George  Arnold, MD8:59a *+3767370 219 
T52Justin Keiley  Haiku, HI9:10a *+4717772 220 
T52Juan Diego Fernandez  Paradise Valley, AZ9:10a *+4777172 220 
T52Ryan Williams  Phoenix, AZ9:10a *+4747571 220 
T52Ben Geyer  Arbuckle, CA9:21a *+4777469 220 
T52Jin Zhang  Temecula, CA9:21a *+4777469 220 
T52Brad Adamonis  Coral Springs, FL9:21a *+4757669 220 
T58Mark Hensby  Scottsdale, AZ9:32a *+6717774 222 
T58Sebastian Saavedra  Argentina9:32a *+6747573 222 
T60Mathias Dahl  Sweden9:32a *+8727676 224 
T60Nahum Mendoza III  Chula Vista, CA9:43a *+8797471 224 
T62Edward Olson  Aptos, CA9:43a *+9737379 225 
T62Robbie Greenwell  Canada9:43a *+9787374 225 
T64Kaleb Gorbahn  Reno, NV9:54a *+10747478 226 
T64Skyler Finnell  Carmel, CA9:54a *+10757477 226 
T64Jay Hwang  Fullerton, CA9:54a *+10757576 226 
T67Myles Lewis  New Orleans, LA10:05a *+11787376 227 
T67Alex Franklin  San Rafael, CA10:05a *+11757676 227 
69Jonathan Sanders  Chatsworth, CA10:16a *+12817473 228 
70Redford Bobbitt  Las Vegas, NV10:16a *+13728473 229


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.