Werenski brothers win state four-ball championship
Brothers Mickey Werenski, left, and Richy Werenski, of South Hadley, won the MGA state four-ball championship Wednesday at Ledgemont Country Club in Seekonk. Purchase photo reprints »
South Hadley brothers Richy and Mickey Werenski proved on Wednesday they are unbeaten on the golf course.
Under cold and windy conditions, the pair overcame the elements and Ledgemont Country Club in Seekonk to capture the Massachusetts Four-Ball Championship.
The Orchards Golf Club members finished with a two-round score of 10-under-par 129 to best the team of Andy Drohen (The Ranch GC) and Doug Clapp (Old Sandwich GC) by two strokes. It marks the first time that the Werenski brothers have played in this event and the first MGA championship title for either brother. The win also came on Mickey Werenski’s 19th birthday.
“It would have been fun either way but it’s great to win this together,” Richy Werenski said. “It’s a great birthday present for him.”
Heading into the second and final round, the Werenskis were just one shot off the lead after posting a 5-under 64 at Pawtucket Country Club on Tuesday.
On Tuesday “we both scrambled all day so going into (the final round) we felt like if we played like we know we can, we could go low,” Richy Werenski said. “We started off the front well and then it started to get colder and windier and the conditions got tougher, but we still played well overall.”
While the rest of the field struggled to find a rhythm in the unsettled conditions that caused a 20-minute delay later in the day, the Werenskis took advantage of the front nine and made the turn at 4-under 31. Richy Werenski made birdie on the second, fourth, sixth and eighth holes.
“He was dropping the birdies on the front nine for sure,” Mickey said.
Added Richy, “The front nine was good to me, but he really kept us going towards the end.”
With the conditions deteriorating, Mickey Werenski made a critical birdie on the 581-yard, par-5 11th. After hitting his drive and 3-wood shot down the right side, he was left with a difficult third shot that he managed to land five feet from the hole.
He followed that up with his second birdie of the day on the 396-yard, par-4 14th.
“It was downhill and I was in the right rough,” Mickey said. “I had a tough shot but I landed it short to nine feet and made a good putt.”
The Werenski duo suffered their lone bogey of the tournament on the 15th hole, but they rebounded with a par on 17 following the delay and another par on 18.
The final two holes were “all on him,” said Richy of his brother. “We really hung in there and he made some awesome shots.”
Winning a title made the week even more special for the brothers. Due to their busy school and playing schedules, it is not often that they find themselves home at the same time. Richy Werenski just finished his junior season at Georgia Tech, while Mickey finished his final year at the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy in Hilton Head. SC. Mickey Werenski will play at Texas A&M in the fall.
“It was a lot of fun,” Mickey said. “I was worried that we would get into a few fights out there, but it didn’t happen. He helped me a lot out there especially with how to judge the wind.”
With one four-ball event under their belts and one MGA championship title to their credit, the question is now whether they will make this an annual Werenski tradition.
“We’ll be defending champs,” Richy said. “We have to come back.”