Richy Werenski and his younger brother, Mickey, won the Massachusetts Four-Ball Championship for the first time Wednesday, shooting a final-round 65 at Ledgemont Country Club in Seekonk for a two-stroke victory.
They are the first brother team to win the event since 2006, when Steven and Peter Alminas shared the title, one year after winning it outright. Andy and Bill Drohen also won in 2004.
The Werenskis, who play out of The Orchards, went into the final round trailing Andy Drohen and Doug Clapp by a shot after opening with a 64 at Pawtucket Country Club. But the brothers birdied six of their first 14 holes, and finished at 10-under-par 129, two shots better than Drohen-Clapp, who closed with a 68.
Old college try
Sophomore Brenna Nelsen (73-79-72) tied for 50th in the individual portion of the NCAA West Regional, helping the Harvard women’s team to a 20th-place finish out of 24 teams. Bonnie Hu (73-76-76) finished a shot behind Nelson and tied for 55th . . . Competing as an invited individual, Boston College freshman Isabel Southard tied for 66th at the East Regional in Auburn, Ala., with rounds of 77-75-74.
Marc Leishman took time off from his torrid stretch of good golf to attend media day Tuesday for the Travelers Championship, held in Cromwell, Conn., June 20-23. Leishman will look to defend his first — and so far only — PGA Tour title that week, after winning last year at TPC River Highlands on the strength of a final-round 62. He has been strong lately, with three straight top-10 finishes: tie for fourth at the Masters (paired in the final round with eventual winner Adam Scott), tie for ninth at the RBC Heritage, and tie for eighth last week at the Players Championship. All big events, and he was in contention for all of them, especially at Augusta, where homeland history was made. “Australia is a proud sporting nation, and they had won everything except that,” Leishman said. “I think all Australians wanted to break that streak. We all wanted it to be us, but we didn’t really care who it was as long as it was an Australian. We wanted that question — ‘When is an Australian going to win the Masters?’ — gone next year. And now it’s gone, so thanks, Scotty.” . . . The Travelers, in its customary slot immediately after the US Open, will feature a field that includes Keegan Bradley, Bubba Watson, Justin Rose, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Rickie Fowler, and Padraig Harrington. Tickets are available at www.travelerschampionship.com .
Easy as 1-2-3?
Tianlang Guan will attempt to make it 3 for 3 in PGA Tour cuts made this year as he participates in this week’s HP Byron Nelson Championship in Irving, Texas. The 14-year-old from China has already made the cut at the Masters and the Zurich Classic of New Orleans . . . Dustin Johnson withdrew from the Nelson with a lingering back injury. It’s the third straight tournament from which he’s been forced to withdraw . . . Louis Oosthuizen, who’s also in the Nelson field, said he’ll likely miss the US Open at Merion Golf Club outside Philadelphia. The 2010 British Open winner said the birth of his third child — his wife is due the Saturday of US Open week — would keep him away, unless the baby arrives early.
A step closer
Amateurs John Gilmartin of Andover and Bobby Leopold of Coventry, R.I., advanced out of a US Open local qualifier Monday at Rhode Island Country Club. Gilmartin and Eddie Kirby (Wakefield, R.I.) were medalists at 68, followed by Colin Amaral (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) at 69, Michael Capone at 70, and Leopold at 71 . . . Four Massachusetts professionals and an amateur from New Hampshire earned the five spots at the US Open local qualifier last week at Pinehills Golf Club. Nick Pandelena (Atkinson, N.H.) was co-medalist with a 5-under-par 67, joining Mike Welch of Quincy. Geoffrey Sisk (Marshfield) and Evan Harmeling (Andover) had 68s, with Kenneth Lewis (East Sandwich) winning the last spot after a 69 . . . LPGA Tour player Becky Morgan had rounds of 72-76 at Mount Pleasant Country Club in Boylston to play her way into the US Women’s Open, securing the only qualifying spot. Among those missing out were Megan Khang (77-75) of Rockland and Southard (75-78) of Sharon.
Boon for Boomer
Boomer Erick of Boston Golf Club captured the New England PGA Stroke Play Series tournament at Shelter Harbor Golf Club by shooting a 3-under-par 69. Erick picked up $1,000 for the victory, and also teamed with Michael Robinson of the host club to win the blind-draw pro-pro competition . . . Tim Watroba of the Hyannisport Club shot a 1-under-par 71 at the Golf Club of Cape Cod to edge Daniel Venezio (Myopia Hunt) and win the NEPGA’s Assistants Association Spring Series event . . . Winners at the Massachusetts Golf Association’s Member Day tournament at the Country Club of New Bedford included Derek Johnson of Highland Country Club (men’s gross), Peter Roque of Highland (men’s net), and Kris Henderson of Bay Path Golf Course (women’s net) . . . Barbara Horwood and Karen Fossett of Sagamore Spring won low gross on Wednesday at the Eleanor W. Allen Bowl, an event on the Women’s Golf Association of Massachusetts schedule. The tournament at William J. Devine Golf Course featured 21 two-person teams. Diane Simonsen and Marie Grondin of Wenham Country Club captured low net . . . A pair of local tournaments are coming up. The Norfolk County Classic will be held Saturday and Sunday at Presidents Golf Course in Quincy, while the 49th Hornblower Memorial will be at Plymouth CC May 31-June 1 . . . Entries for the US Amateur Public Links must be received by the US Golf Association by 5 p.m. next Wednesday. Players must have a handicap index of 4.4 or better. This year’s US Amateur Public Links (2014 will be the final edition) is July 15-20 at Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton, Va. There are two local qualifiers scheduled: June 17 at Maplegate Country Club, and June 19 at Bretwood Golf Course in Keene, N.H. To apply online (that’s the only way), visit www.champs.usga.org .
Tickets are now available for the CVS Caremark Charity Classic, scheduled for June 23-25 at Rhode Island Country Club. Among those expected to participate are Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Steve Stricker, Peter Jacobsen, Lexi Thompson, and Juli Inkster. The tournament once again will be hosted by Billy Andrade and Brad Faxon. Single-day ($25) or all-session ($60) tickets are available, and one-day vouchers for admission are available with the purchase of select items at CVS locations in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. Children 17 and younger are admitted free with a ticketed adult. To buy tickets, or for more information, visit www.cvscharityclassic.com . . . Tickets are also available for the Deutsche Bank Championship, one of the PGA Tour playoff events, to be played Aug. 30-Sept. 2 at TPC Boston in Norton. For tickets, call 800-594-8499or visit www.dbchampionship.com . . . A reminder that the deadline to enter the 22d Cape Cod Open is next Wednesday. The field is limited to 160 players for the tournament, which is May 29 at Olde Barnstable and May 30 at Hyannis Golf Course and features a $30,000 purse. To register, visit www.ccopen.com . . . The fourth Swing for ALS tournament will be held June 11 at Pinehills Golf Club. For information, call 781-255-8884 or visit webma.alsa.org . . . Pinehills also will be the venue for the Joe Andruzzi & Friends tournament, scheduled for June 17. Participation and sponsorship opportunities are available by calling 508-261-0630.