Dan Woltman wins 2018 Nebraska Open in playoff

September 17, 2018

Dan Woltman holed out his second shot of the third playoff hole on Sunday afternoon at the Elks Country Club and captured the 2018 Nebraska Open championship.

Woltman, of Beaver Dam, Wis.; was paired with Brandon Crick of McCook after both finished the third round with identical three-day totals of 198.

The two began the playoff on No. 16 and parred the 380-yard par four, sank par putts again on 17 then went opposite directions off the tee at 18.

Woltman said he overcorrected from his two previous rounds trying to avoid going right again and instead went too far left through the trees onto the fairway at 15. Crick was off in the rough on the ride side on the proper hole.

Regardless, while Crick shot a low liner that skipped up to and over the green, Woltman used a wedge to go over the tree line and land his shot near the pin. The impact on the green took just the right bounce into the hole for an eagle-2 and the championship.

It’s the fourth straight win for Woltman after also claiming the Iowa open on Aug. 3, the Southwest Kansas Pro-Am title on Aug. 12 and the Wisconsin Open on Aug. 22.

“I had a clear shot over the trees, had a good number and it looked like it landed about eight inches short of the cup and went it,” Woltman said. “It’s a fun way to win.

“I had a good lie over there. I saw the shot, I visualized it well and when I hit it I thought, ’That looks like it’s going to be pretty good in the air.

“I’ve made some shots like that before, but not to win a golf tournament.”

Be sure to pick up Tuesday’s edition of The Telegram for more on Woltman and the 2018 Nebraska Open.

Nate Tenopir is the sports editor for the Columbus Telegram. You can reach him via email at sports@columbustelegram.com

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