Players Amateur notebook: Andrew Orischak unwinds after tough round

sfastenau@beaufortgazette.comJuly 11, 2014 

University of South Carolina's Matthew NeSmith putts the ball at No. 10 during the second round of the 2014 Players Amateur on Friday afternoon at Berkeley Hall in Bluffton.

DELAYNA EARLEY — Delayna Earley

Andrew Orischak has various ways of relaxing after round.

He'll mess around on the piano. Or hang out with friends. Or fish in the lagoon in his backyard.

Playing a nearby event allows the Hilton Head Island resident to unwind at home. And he was ready to relax after a second-round 75 at the Players Amateur.

"After a round, I just try to find something to take my mind off golf," Orischak said. I've just got to get away from it for a while."

The 15-year-old shared the lead with three others after a first-round 68 and said he approached Friday the same as his other tournament rounds.

His up-and-down day included four birdies and five bogeys, with a double bogey on the par-3 fifth.

"If you want to contend, you've got to make your bad days not as bad," Orischak said. "It's something to work on."


There were mixed opinions Friday about the second-round pins, but the consensus of at least one pairing was that the setup was more generous.

Austen Truslow, who will be a freshman at Virginia in the fall, fired a 7-under 65 and playing partner Caleb Sturgeon shot 67. Each improved the previous day's score by 10 shots.

Truslow said hole locations were more accessible after a tougher setup Thursday. After an opening 75, Truslow is at 4 under and seven behind leader Garrett Rank.

"The pins yesterday were like final-round pins," Truslow said. "I was surprised they put them there for the first round."

Clemson's Cody Proveaux also went low Friday, firing a 6-under 66 to get under par for the tournament.


Former Hilton Head Island High School teacher Todd White birdied his final five holes Friday to jump into the top 10 entering the weekend.

White shook off a double bogey on No. 8, shooting a 4-under 68. He is 3 under for the tournament, tied for seventh and eight shots behind Rank, who beat White in the semifinals of the 2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur.

"I've been hitting quality shots," White said. "I just finally had some results on the last few holes."


Matt Hansen made a hole-in-one on the par-3 16th on Friday. The former University of California Davis golfer used a 9-iron from 145 yards.

Hansen shot 74-71 and is at 1-over 145.

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