This week, IJGA alumnus Richy Werenski moved on to episode six on Big Break, The Palm Beaches FL. Werenski, who has quietly put together a strong campaign on the show, continued his strong run this week. For the third time in as many weeks he secured immunity ensuring he would not be heading to the elimination challenge.
This week, Werenski did not earn immunity on the first challenge, which was the infamous Big Break Fade-Draw Wall. The idea behind this challenge is that the golfers must hit whichever shot they uncover, a fade or a draw, and whoever is closest to a line marked down the middle of the fairway moves on automatically. Werenski’s performance at the Fade-Draw Wall left something to be desired per his quote following his attempt: “Competition’s getting tougher, so you really have to be on top of your game.”
And being on top of his game is precisely what he brought to the second immunity challenge. This challenge, a “closest to the pin” contest from three different distances (175, 140 and 85 yards) that gave more points the closer the player came to the pin, came with a twist. In this contest, if a player did not like one of his shots, he could use one of the immune players to take a second shot for him and to try and improve his score to move on.
Werenski did not need any help from his competitors though. He stuck his ball for two points at the first location then scored three at the final two locations. While noticeably let down on his final shot, he would have preferred to tally the maximum of four points, it was more than enough to send him to Episode six. For the third straight week, he would not be in the pool of players eligible to go to elimination.
Quickly proving that he has the skills to succeed, Werenski is flying just under the radar on Big Break the Palm Beaches FL. He has yet to face an elimination challenge but is not quite as well known as some of the more colorful characters. He prefers to let his solid play do all his talking. Yet, as more players are sent home the competition is getting tighter and Werenski knows he cannot rest on his laurels. “Everybody here is really good. So every day [who’s on top of the leaderboard] can change,” said Werenski.
To view the Episode 5 in its entirety click here.
There is quite a bit at stake for the winner of Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL. The competitor who comes out on top earns the following:
- Endorsement from Adams Golf, which includes $10,000 cash
- $10,000 worth of Avis Car Rental credits
- $10,000 worth of Travelocity credits
- Seven day trip for two people at PGA National
- Sponsor’s Exemption into the PGA Tour’s 2015 Barbasol Championship
- $50,000 cash prize
To see a sneak peek of Episode 6, click here.
More about Big Break:
Golf Channel’s Big Break show concept pits highly skilled golfers against each other in a variety of challenges that test their physical skills and mental toughness. During Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL, competitors will be subject to skills challenges from tee-to-green, including two of the series’ signature challenges, the popular “Glass Break” and “Flop Wall.” One contestant will be eliminated each week, with the last player standing awarded his Big Break, an opportunity to compete on the PGA TOUR.
For the past 22 seasons, Golf Channel’s Big Break competition series has served as the launching pad for many aspiring professional golfers looking to take that next step in their golf careers. PGA TOUR winners Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey and Matt Every as well as U.S.Solheim Cup participants Kristy McPherson, Gerina Piller and Ryann O’Toole, who all play full-time on the PGA TOUR and LPGA Tour, all competed in the Golf Channel original series. Several other past Big Break contestants will compete on the world’s top tours in 2015, including Tony Finau (PGA TOUR), Mallory Blackwelder, Katy Harris, Sadena Parks and Jackie Stoelting (LPGA Tour) as well as Rick Cochran, Hugo Leon, James Nitties, Justin Peters and Mark Silvers (Web.com Tour).