2018 Web.com Tour Qualifying School | Day 4, Stage 2 | Dan Woltman

2018 Web.com Tour Qualifying School | Day 4, Stage 2 | Dan Woltman

If there was a State Open to be won in the Upper Midwest this past summer, chances are Dan Woltman of Beaver Dam was the one hoisting the trophy.

With no status on any of the PGA Tour-sanctioned mini-tours, the former University of Wisconsin cobbled together a schedule of open tournaments and smaller mini-tour events closer to home. The result? A veritable victory tour.

Armed with confidence in swing work he did over the winter, Woltman strung together victories at the Iowa Open, the Kansas City Open, the Wisconsin State Open and the Nebraska Open. He broke 70 in 12 of the 13 rounds in those events, averaging a 67.1, and pocketed $68,000 for his four victories.

Woltman won convincingly at the Iowa Open in early August, shooting 70-64-66 and winning by six shots. He won consistently, shooting three 67s at the Southwest Kansas Pro-Am two weeks later to win by three shots. Woltman won patiently, letting three other golfers lead after each of the first three rounds of the Wisconsin State Open before his closing 67 made him a three-time winner of the event by five shots over Garrett Loomis of River Falls. Lastly, he won dramatically at the Wells Fargo Nebraska Open in September, birdieing four of his final five holes to force a playoff with Brandon Crick before adding another State Open title to his resume on the third extra hole.

Individually, the paychecks were for $25,000, $20,000, $10,000 and $13,000, respectively. That would have ranked him 91st on the Web.com Tour money list and sixth on the Mackenzie Tour/PGA Tour-Canada Order of Merit.

Unfortunately for Woltman, it didn't do anything for his 2019 playing status. He reached the second stage of Web.com Tour Qualifying School and rallied from a 73-74 start with a 69-67 finish at Bear Creek Country Club in Murrieta, California, only to miss advancing to the final stage by a single stroke.

Not to worry, of course. Woltman will have four State Open titles to defend.