Coloradans went three-for-three on Friday in advancing to the next stage of the Web.com Tour Q-school process.
Ethan Freeman of Denver, Cole Nygren of Longmont and Jimmy Makloski of Pueblo all punched their tickets to the "First Stage" of qualifying with their performances in 54-hole Pre-Qualifying tournaments.
Freeman (pictured) and Nygren tied for 20th place at 1-under-par 215 in Woodland, Calif., where the top 37 finishers and ties advance to the First Stage. Freeman, a two-time state high school champion who played his college golf at the University of Colorado, made four birdies in a round of 71 on Friday. Nygren, a former Cal Poly golfer, carded a 70 after a three-birdie day.
Makloski had a close call in advancing, though he came into the final day in 11th place. The former Colorado State University golfer struggled to an 8-over-par 80 in Friday's final round in St. Augustine, Fla., and tied for 36th place at a site where the top 37 and ties earn berths into First Stage. Makloski made two birdies, five bogeys, a double bogey and a triple bogey on Friday and posted a 7-over 223 total.
Last week, four other Coloradans advanced through Pre-Qualifying to the First Stage: Jacob Lestishen of Lone Tree, Steven Kupcho of Westminster, Luke Condon of Monte Vista and Curtis Garver of Dolores.
The First Stage of Web Q-school will take place at 12 sites between Sept. 26-Oct. 13, the Second Stage at five sites between Oct. 31-Nov. 7, and the Final Stage Dec. 7-10 in Chandler, Ariz.
Here are the scores for all the players with strong Colorado connections who competed this week (all tournaments are 54 holes):
Woodland, Calif. (Top 37 finishers and ties will advance to First Stage)
EARN BERTHS INTO FIRST STAGE
20. Ethan Freeman, Denver 71-73-71--215
20. Cole Nygren, Longmont 71-74-70--215
St. Augustine, Fla. (Top 37 finishers and ties will advance to First Stage)
EARNS BERTH INTO FIRST STAGE
36. Jimmy Makloski, Pueblo 71-72--143