Neil Johnson | Tour Stage 2 Q-School | Final Round

Historically tough pin placements at Dayton City, Nevada challenged River Falls native Neil Johnson. Remnants of Hurricane Michael in West Palm Beach, Florida, made Friday tough for former Marquette golfer C.J. Swift.

As for Oostburg native Patrick Stolpe? Nothing bothered him during the final round of Tour first stage Qualifying School in St. George, Utah.

All three Wisconsin golfers joined Beaver Dam native Dan Woltman, who got through in San Diego, in reaching the second stage of Q-School. And each of them dealt with varying degrees of challenges and stress to get there. 

"This was my sixth time playing Q-School (at Dayton Valley) and I've never seen this course set up this difficult," Johnson wrote in a text message to Wisconsin.Golf after his 1-over-par 73 in the final round left him in a tie for ninth place at 4-under 284, 13 shots off the pace at Dayton Valley GC, but four shots inside the cutline. "There were eight pins three or four paces from the edges on the first day with 20 to 30 mph winds. Seven tucked pins the second day. ... My plan coming into (Friday) was shoot as low as possible. I never really look at what the number is or consider what it might end up being. I know if I play good golf, I'll get through. That was my plan."

Ditto for Swift, who wasn't sure what the presence of Hurricane Michael in the region might do to his week at The Preserve at Ironhorse.

"Leading up to the tournament rounds, the forecast wasn’t looking great," Swift wrote in a text message to Wisconsin.Golf after a final-round 71 left him in a tie for fourth place at 13-under 275, two shots off the pace and well within qualifying mark. "Thankfully, we did not have any major delays or stoppages of play — only a few periods of five-minute downpours and some sun showers that didn’t affect play too much. The rain overnight did soften up the course a bit, which made holding some of the greens easier with the high winds. (They were) steady all week between 10 and 20 mph."

In St. George, Stolpe (66-70-70-63) unleashed his best golf in the final round at SunRiver GC. He made eight birdies and one bogey to rally from outside the cutline to safely within it, finishing tied for 16th at 11-under 269.

Stolpe had a pair of 31s — on the back nine Tuesday, when he eagled both par-5s and on the front nine Friday — but Johnson had the lowest nine-hole stretch of any Wisconsin golfer at this stage with a back-nine 29 Thursday.

"I knew I started the back nine with seven straight 3s," Johnson wrote. Add a couple of 4s to that and it's easy to add that up to 29. I've never shot 29 in competition and to do that in Q-School is an amazing feeling. I'm really proud of that.

"I gave myself a little pep-talk walking to my approach shot on No. 10. I proceeded to go birdie-eagle-birdie to start my back nine. To break free in the third round and shoot 65 freed me up a little bit for the final round."

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