Placing outside of the top-10 at the Puerto Rico Classic might not have been the finish IJGA alum, Richard Werenski, imagined, but playing in favor of team success was a task he was fully prepared for. The three-round tournament held in Puerto Rico began on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 where Werenski joined a veteran Georgia Tech squad to go up against the competition.
Werenski struggled in the first two rounds, finding himself tied for 60th place. Despite knowing he would not finish with a personal victory, his final round performance was dedicated to his team. Carding a staggering 10 birdies, eight pars and zero bogeys, Werenski finished with a career-best and course-record score of 62 in the final round to put Tech within six strokes of Alabama. Even though the impressive final round did not translate to a personal victory for Werenski, the team was able to cut Alabama’s lead by six thanks to his resiliency.
“It’s amazing to get 10-under par in one round, and inspiring to be in that state of mind after not playing the best that he could [in the previous two rounds] and to come back out with a fresh slate. That’s really, really inspiring,” commented teammate, Bo Andrews.
Werenski’s 62 third-round score tied the best score in school history and contributed to Tech’s overall 41-under-par 823 score. Despite the run made by Georgia Tech, Alabama held on to win by four strokes.
The IJGA is proud of the resiliency, focus and commitment to team values that Werenski embodied in his performance at the Puerto Rico Classic and we wish him and his team the best of luck as they continue to grow as athletes and individuals.