Not Ben Folds Five, but Ben Kohles Two Still Rocks
Amidst the Olympics, the MLB season, Jets training camp overhype on ESPN, and another Sunday collapse from Jim Furyk, a 21-year-old named Ben Kohles sits at the bottom of the sports headlines. I don’t know if he minds that or not, but I know he’s gonna be laughing to the bank this week.
The recent college grad from UVA decided to turn pro a few weeks ago, and with good reason. After being a two-time ACC Player of the Year and a 3-time All-American in his college career, he took to the Web.com Tour (formerly the Nationwide Tour) for his pro debut. Merely six days after announcing his decision to go pro, he won in his first professional start…in a playoff…over a fellow all-american in Luke Guthrie. Kohles drained a birdie putt on the 2nd playoff hole to hoist the trophy and give himself an instant membership on the Web.com Tour. Life-changing stuff, right?
Please, he was just getting started.
The headlines were flowing in last Monday, as Kohles became the first professional golfer to ever win his first event as a pro. He had already made history, so how could he top at the next event?
You guessed it, he won the damn thing. 2 for 2. Two events as a pro, two wins. 100% batting average as a professional golfer. His final round 64 gave Kohles a 3 shot victory and a guaranteed PGA Tour card for 2013, because of his position on the money list. Kohles can book tickets for Hawaii, Palm Springs, and Pebble Beach. That’s quite a change from Senior Week dorm parties at the University of Virginia!
So, how is Kohles reacting to this whirlwind two weeks, going from obscurity to future PGA Tour member?
“My head’s been spinning,” Kohles said by phone Monday. “It’s totally been a dream come true. I never expected anything like this to happen to me. It was way beyond any of my wildest expectations and it’s still kind of hard to take it all in. But now, of course, I want to make it three straight…I’d love to be at the PGA, but maybe I’ll be there next year or one day,” Kohles said. “It’s great to be where I am, too, and just having this much good fortune so early. I couldn’t ask for more. I realize it can’t go on forever, but it’s fun trying.”
Or could it go on forever??? Kohles’ next tournament starts Thursday. 3 for 3 anyone?