THE WOODLANDS, Texas (July 17, 2013) -- At about this time Last summer, Richy Werenski of Georgia Tech made his name known at the highest levels of amateur golf with a resounding win at the Porter Cup.
Now, Werenski is trying to build on that lofty win all while another player is hoping to make his first mark.
Werenski fired a first-round 7-under 65 to take a share of second place with elite mid-amateur Kevin Marsh at the Southern Amateur at Carlton Woods.
The duo is trailing Zachary Olsen, an Oklahoma State commit who's had plenty of success on the junior circuits but is looking to make a splash on the national level.
Olsen shot an 8-under 64, using an eagle-three on the 548-yard par-5 18th to propel himself into the lead.
Olsen came in with a 5-under 31.
Werenski, who last found the winner's circle at the Massachusetts Four-Ball alongside brother and Texas A&M signee Mickey, birdied Nos. 7, 8 and 9 to catch fire. He went on to birdie four holes on the back for a 33-32 start to the 107th playing of the event.
Marsh, meanwhile, also capitalized on an eagle-three on the 18th to make up ground and share second place with Werenski.
After Thursday's second round, the field will be cut to the low 66 players and ties.
Tom Lovelady of Alabama is tied for fourth place with Cole Wiederkehr at 6-under. Five players, including Cal red shirt Pace Johnson, are tied for sixth at 5-under.
Other notable first-round scores include: Sunnehanna winner Steven Ihm (4-under, T11), Walker Cup selections from Alabama Justin Thomas and Cory Whitsett (3-under, T16), Cal's Michael Weaver (3-under, T16), North & South winner Andrew Dorn (2-under T26), 2011 Southern Amateur champ Alex Carpenter (2-under, T26).
View full field results from Round 1 using the link below.
ABOUT THE Southern Amateur
The Southern Amateur, which dates back to 1902, is
one of two competitions held by the Southern Golf
Association. (The other is the Southern Junior.) Its
champions roster is like a who’s
of competitive golf. (And the same could be said of
the standing of its host clubs.) Leading this group is
Robert T. (Bobby) Jones, Jr., who was the Southern
Amateur Champion in 1917, 1920, and 1922. Others
who have won or finished in a challenging position
gone on to national and/or international prominence
include Tommy Barnes, Dale Morey, Don January,
Brewer, Doug Sanders, Billy Joe Patton, Lew Oehmig,
Hubert Green, Downing Gray, Marvin (Vinny) Giles,
Lanny Wadkins, Steve Melnyk, Tom Kite, John
Mahaffey, Ben Crenshaw, Gary Koch, Bill Rogers, Gil
Morgan, Danny Edwards, Andy Bean, Vance Haefner,
Jerry Pate, Chip Beck, David Edwards, Jay Sigel, Bob
Tway, Mark Brooks, Gene Sauers, Davis Love, Justin
Leonard and more recently PGA Tour standouts Webb
Simpson and Kyle Stanley, who won twice each
between 2005 and 2008 in alternate years.
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