Graduate of IJGA Class of 2010, Richy Werenski of South Hadley, Mass., began the stepping stones of the next chapter of his life, beginning with his graduation from Georgia Tech University on Saturday, May 3, 2014. From there, Werenski traveled back to Massachusetts to compete in the Massachusetts Open Qualifier held at the Golf Club of Turner Hill in Ipswich, Mass., on Monday, May 5, 2014, the same day Global Golf Post magazine released an article highlighting Werenski’s past and future career.
The article discusses Werenski’s plans of competing in both the Massachusetts Open Qualifier May 5, 2014, followed by a U.S. Open Qualifier May 6, 2014. He finished 14th at the Massachusetts Open Qualifier, missing the cut by one slot, and also failed to miss the cut at the U.S. Open Qualifier at Twin Hills Country Club in Longmeadow, Mass. Werenski looks to rally from these setbacks and have a strong performance with Georgia Tech who is seeded first in the NCAA Raleigh Regional hosted May 15-17, 2014.
Global Golf Post continues by commending Werenski’s 2012 Porter Cup victory, his four U.S. Amateur qualifiers, and Massachusetts Four-Ball Championships title alongside younger brother, Mickey, another IJGA alum who is currently a redshirt freshman at Texas A&M. Werenski had an impressive 2013 summer season finishing fifth at the Southern Amateur and 12th at the Northeast Amateur. During his senior year at Georgia Tech, he placed in the top-five at the Carpet Capital Collegiate followed by a career-best finish as runner-up at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate.
After completing the 2014 NCAA Championships Werenksi plans on returning to Bluffton, S.C., to compete in mini-tours and begin his professional career. Despite a few disappointing finishes this spring, he plans on embarking on his new journey focused and confident, thanks to the help of Georgia Tech golf coach, Bruce Heppler.
“I would be so focused on the results of the golf tournament that I’d get down or upset, and it would affect my life outside of golf if I wasn’t playing good,” Werenski tells Global Golf Post.
Heppler helped put golfing in perspective so he is now happy no matter what his score is at the end of the day.
IJGA will continue to follow Werenski’s career and we are looking forward to his return to our area. He is an inspiration to our students and proves that dedication to your passion can result in big accomplishments.
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