Upstate Amateur Golf

Shank sets new record at the Bud

Robbie Biershenk set a new scoring record for the Budweiser Classic at Boscobel. Biershenk finished at 11-under par.

Robbie Biershenk set aside his year’s of lessons, advice and practice and tried to remember what it was like to just to be a kid having fun on the golf course.

His attitude change produced a 5-under par 66 in the first round of the Budweiser Classic and followed it up with a 6-under par 65 to set a new scoring record for the tournament at Boscobel.

“I wanted to play like a kid again,” said the two-time winner of the Budweiser Classic. “Remember when you where 12 years old and you didn’t have a hundred swing thoughts going thru your mind on every shot. You just hit the ball and hit it again. You played on feel instead of technique,” said Biershenk.

After the first round Derrick Oyervides had matched Biershenk’s 5-under par 66 to set up a final round battle between the two.

Oyervides took a one shot lead on the fourth hole of Sunday’s round.

Derrick Oyervides shot an opening round 66, but fell off the pace in the final round to tie for second place.

However, it didn’t last long as the Greer golfer doubled the next hole and never was able to take the lead again.

“I kind of feel like Greg Norman,” said Oyervides. “I have had a bunch of second place finishes. It seems like I get one hole that wrecks my round and then it has been hard to get it going again,” said the runner-up at the Greater Greer Open earlier this summer.

Oyervides shot a second round 4-over par 75.

While he was backing up, Nick Karageorgos was moving ahead. Karageorgos shot a second round 4-under par 68 to move up into a tie  for second place.

After Biershenk regained the lead he added to it with 6 birdies in his final 12 holes. In the first round he did not bogey a hole and only had two in the final round to claim a convincing 10 shot victory.

“I know a lot of people say they have not played much and I really haven’t. I think that is why this weekend was so much fun. I didn’t have any expectations, I just came out to play and have fun like I did when I was a kid,” he said.

“Shank” has always been able to dominate off the tee with his long drives, but at the Budweiser Classic it was his mental approach to the game that took over from his booming tee shots.

“I wish I had the approach I had this weekend back when I was 20 years old. I sped up my routine and just had one swing thought and it turned out great,” he said.

Mike Hartin finished in fourth place in the Championship Flight after shooting a 1-over par 143 for the tournament.

Flight winners included – First Flight – Justin Howell, Second Flight – Nick Lowery, Third Flight – Adam Guest, Fourth Flight – John Allen, Fifth Flight – Charles Fortson, Sixth Flight – Felicia Nidiffer, Seventh Flight – Mike Ormsby.

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