Georgia Tech junior Richy
Werenski hits an approach shot during his
at the Porter Cup.
Werenski registered the event's second
lowest winning score. (Submitted Photo)
To say that this past weekend in the golf world was exciting would be the understatement of the summer.
Between the fireworks in the final round of the British Open and the numerous amateur events that came to a close, golf fans were treated to a wild weekend.
Looking back on the amateur game’s impact endings, Richy Werenski’s win at the Porter Cup is intriguing.
The incoming junior at Georgia Tech had climbed as high as No. 20 on the Golfweek/amateurgolf.com U.S. Rankings prior to his stumble last week at the Players Amateur. His impressive victory at Niagara Falls Country Club, which featured a second-round 62, will undoubtedly push him back towards the top of the rankings and serve as the South Hadley, Mass. native’s best amateur win to date.
Keep an eye on Werenski, who’ll try to qualify for the U.S. Amateur Tuesday. He has come oh-so-close in many big events. Perhaps his win this past weekend was a sign of things to come.
No. 10 Peter Williamson built on his North & South Amateur title with a big victory Saturday at the Southern Amateur. The Dartmouth star knocked off Alabama’s Bobby Wyatt (U.S. No. 4/World No. 11) in the final match, burying a 25-footer for birdie on the third playoff hole at Chenal Country Club in Little Rock, Ark.
On the women’s circuit, Austin Ernst won the North & South Women’s Amateur by defeating 2011 runner-up Doris Chen. The event featured top-ranked Jaye Marie Green and No. 5 Moriya Jutanugarn, who Ernst --- ranked 11th in our Women’s Rankings --- defeated to reach the semifinals.
And in California, Bhavik Patel won the Southern California Golf Association Amateur Championship. Patel, who plans to turn pro later this summer, claimed another California honor to boost his confidence and amateur resume. Earlier this summer, Patel contended at the California State Amateur, which he won in 2011.
The week ahead is a busy one across amateur golf with all realms of the game enjoying important events played.
The Dave King Senior Invitational kicks off Monday and is an amateurgolf.com Senior Rankings Points Event. In its 14th year, the invitational will be played again at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, Virg.
The British Columbia Amateur Championship will be played at Swan-e-set Bay Resort in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia. The 72-hole stroke play championship is an important Golfweek/amateurgolf.com Rankings Points Event.
At Bandon Dunes, the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship will kick off Tuesday with a terrific field once again. Simultaneously featuring team and individual stroke play, the 46th playing of the event will include top players like Derek Ernst, Ben Geyer, Brady Exber, Manav Shah, Anton Arboleda and Zac Blair, representing the golf associations that make up the grand Pacific Coast Golf Association.
Other top players will take part in the W.E. Cole Cotton States Invitational at Bayou DeSiard Country Club in Monroe, Louis., which begins Tuesday.
The historic Francis Ouimet Memorial Invitational begins Wednesday in Massachusetts with three rounds played at Woodland Golf Club, Ipswich Country Club and Turner Hill Golf and Racquet Club. The 54-hole stroke play event honors Ouimet and his stunning 1913 U.S. Open victory.
The Northern Amateur tees off Thursday at Sand Creek Country Club in Chesterton, Ind. Another top-notch field takes aim at this prestigious event.
In California, the San Diego City Amateur will be played at Torrey Pines. With amateurgolf.com’s home base being nearby, expect numerous members to take aim at the coveted crown and vital California Rankings points.