Current Residence: Bluffton, S.C.
Hometown: South Hadley, Mass.
College: Georgia Tech
Home Golf Course: Berkeley Hall Golf Club, Bluffton, S.C.
Profession: Professional Golfer
- Won three of first five events after turning professional in June, 2014
- Four year letterman at Georgia Tech
- Hold three university school records at Georgia Tech
- Winner of the 2012 Porter Cup
- Alumnus of the International Junior Golf Academy in Hilton Head, S.C.
If there is anyone on the cast of Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL who enters the show riding a wave of momentum, it is Richy Werenski. A three-time Academic All-ACC and a four-year letterman from Georgia Tech, Werenski turned professional immediately following graduation in June, 2014. In his first five professional events, he won three times and lost in a playoff in the fourth.
“This summer was a great start to my professional career,” said Werenski. I’m hoping my success in tournaments will translate to success on Big Break.”
Werenski was introduced to the game of golf at a young age by his father, a former PGA of America teaching professional. During his sophomore year of high school, Werenski’s parents gave him the opportunity to attend the International Junior Golf Academy in Hilton Head, S.C., where he could play year-round and prepare for collegiate golf. He was recruited by a number of schools and enrolled at Georgia Tech.
During his junior year of college, Werenski’s golf game hit rock bottom. A self-proclaimed perfectionist, Werenski was suspended from the team due to his anger issues, and was ineligible to play in the ACC Championship and the post-season. Looking back on it, it was the best thing that could have happened to him. The public suspension allowed him to face his anger issues head on.
“Coach (Bruce) Heppler, really helped me through that period of my life,” recalled Werenski. “I always had been very hard on myself, and this suspension turned my situation from a private matter into a public one. He made me realize that I not only let myself down, but also my teammates, my family and my school.
“They never gave up on me,” Werenski continued. “I still have to work hard every day to become a better person and player, but I am far from that person that I was two years ago. Golf is no longer a ‘life or death’ situation for me, and I don’t allow my play on the golf course to affect my life off of it.”
Through the support of his teammates, family and coaches, he re-dedicated himself his senior year, posting some of his best tournament scores. His passion for the game returned. In May of 2014, he graduated with a Business Management Degree. In June, he turned professional.
Three wins and a runner-up in his first five events. That summer, he also got the call that he was going to compete on Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL.
Confident and carrying a lot of momentum, Werenski just might be the one to beat on Big Break.