Chris Wollman Takes First at Q-School


Canadian Tour-LargeChris Wollmann of Cleveland, OH capped off five consecutive rounds under par Friday to win the Canadian Tours Winter Qualifying School.
Coming off rounds of 71-71-66-70, the 26-year old carded a final-round 69 on the par-72 ChampionsGate International course layout to wind up the 90-hole tournament at 13-under, three shots better than Alex Rocha (Orlando, FL).
The Canadian Tour dished out 20 exempt and 16 non-exempt cards for the 2002 season after play Friday. Included in those who will have exempt status this season are former U.S. Amateur champions Hank Kuehne (1998) and Jeff Quinney (2000), along with James Driscoll, who finished second to Quinney in that U.S. Amateur final two years ago. Kuehne and Driscoll wound up tied for third, four shots behind Wollmann.
No Canadians earned status on the Tour for this season at Qualifying School. Dave Levesque of Quebec City finished at 6-over 366, five shots off the pace needed to secure a non-exempt card.
All week long, as Wollmann lingered near the top of the leaderboard, he maintained he would not sit back in the hopes of just finishing in the top 20. After saying he would aim for top spot, Wollmann went out and showed why Friday, hitting all but two greens in regulation.
It felt pretty good all week long, I just kept the ball in play, said Wollmann, who played the Buy.Com Tour in 2001. Today, I didnt seem to be striking it as well as I have, but I made the shots when I had to.
Back in November, after missing the final stage of PGA Tour Qualifying School by one shot, Wollmann took a leave from the game, playing only three rounds through January.
That was a tough one, to come so close to final stage. It was like air getting let out of a balloon, and I felt I needed to take some time off. But I came down here a couple of weeks ago, and everything seemed to come around for me.
Kuhne, who has been one of the hot topics of conversation all week with his length off the tee, finished up Friday with a 4-under 68. Reporters talked of watching Kuehne earlier in the week as he hit a second shot 9-iron onto the green on a 575-yard, par-5 hole.
Things went well out there today, I felt I bounced back after I made some mistakes earlier this week, admitted Kuehne. Hopefully Ill carry that into the season.
The Canadian Tour kicks off its eight-event U.S. swing with the Texas Classic March 7-10 in Houston, TX.
Final Round Scores From Winter Qualifying School