This week on, Big Break The Palm Beaches FL, IJGA Alumnus Richy Werenski, South Hadley, Mass., continued his steady performance moving on to episode seven in quick time. This week’s challenge saw the players take on an obstacle known well by golfers of all levels, a water hazard but included a little twist.
The object of the first immunity challenge was to pick a distance as far back as possible in the fairway but still clear the water hazard to see just how players judge their own game. As long as a player cleared the water they were good, if they made it from the farthest distance they would win early immunity and the afternoon off, in the PGA National’s spa. One of the youngest competitors, Werenski, took a stance close to the back. This, is when the mind games came in. As the numbers dwindle the competitors are all looking for any advantage to move them on to the next episode.
That’s just what Clay Meyers, a competitor from Memphis, Tenn., was looking for when he started moving his distance stake back behind Werenski’s. Werenski, undeterred, pulled out his range finder and deemed he could move back a little more. Again, Meyers picked up his stake and placed it right behind the Georgia Tech alum and former Porter Cup champion’s. This time, Werenski stayed, he seemed to deem his yardage the best he knew he would make and left it at that. Meyers, seemed to change his mind and played games instead with fellow competitor Tommy Schaff of Savannah Ga. Werenski’s decision not to play into Meyers’ game would pay off. The 23-year-old made his shot from 240 yards and cleared the hazard easily. Those behind him would not fare so well. After one competitor dropped his shot right into the water and the another didn’t even make it to the hazard Werenski was officially safe, less than fifteen minutes into the episode, and on to the next show. Only Robert Rohanna of Gettysburg, Pa., would best the IJGA Alumnus in the immunity challenge. So while Rohanna walked away 2,500 dollars richer, both competitors got the afternoon off and a trip to the PGA National Spa.
By the end of the episode, just six competitors remained with Meyers and Schaff facing off for a second time that day in the elimination challenge. Meyers would survive and move on leaving just one more competitor to be eliminated next week, in the seventh episode, before the final where a winner will be determined. With so little time remaining only two competitors are left with their mulligan medallions at this point in the game. These medallions give players a second chance at a shot during either an immunity or elimination challenge. Werenski and Justin Martinson of Avondale, Pa. both still have their mulligans which could prove important moving forward.
To view the Episode 6 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 7, 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).