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Ben Kohles was born in Dallas and moved to Cary, N.C., with his family when he was 10 years old. He has one younger sister. Kohles did not take up golf until he was 15 and did not try out for his high school golf team as a freshman. His favorite courses he's played are Pine Valley GC and Oakmont CC and would like to play Pebble Beach GL. Kohles likes to watch "SportsCenter." Kohles likes to visit Maui, New York, and Los Angeles, and his all-time favorite place for a vacation is Hawaii. His favorite foods are Chipotle and brownies. His favorite gadget is his iPad. Ben carries granola bars, trail mix, and bananas in his golf bag for snacks. He would round out his dream foursome with his father, Jack Nicklaus and Woods. Kohles says something that few people know about him is that he occasionally bowls over 200. His bucket list includes skydiving and driving a race car. His favorite motto is "Never give up, never ever give up" from former North Carolina State basketball coach Jim Valvano.

Twitter: @knohles

Favorite Teams: University of Virginia teams, Kentucky basketball, Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, and Dallas Mavericks

Favorite Athletes: Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, and Josh Hamilton

Favorite Movies: "Batman" trilogy, "The Shawshank Redemption" and "Remember the Titans."



  • Made 12 of 25 PGA TOUR cuts, with one top-10. 
  • Finished No. 148 in the FedExCup. Played in all four Tour Finals events but was unable to improve his status for 2013-14.
  • First top-10 finish of the season came at the Tampa Bay Championship. 
  • Made seven birdies in the second round en route to a 4-under 67 at the Copperhead Course to claim the top-10 finish.


  • Ended the year No. 8 on the Tour money list and earned his PGA TOUR card for 2013 despite playing in only 10 events. 
  • Was one of five two-time winners during the season. 
  • Ended the year No. 4 in both Putts Per Round and Putting Average Became the first player in Tour history to win his professional debut when he captured the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational in a playoff over Luke Guthrie. 
  • Was a second-team All-American and earned a berth in the tournament when first-team All-American Peter Uihlein withdrew. 
  • Was T18 in the prestigious Porter Cup the previous week and was going to turn pro later in the summer but decided to forego any other amateur events when he got into the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational in Columbus, Ohio. 
  • Posted rounds of 66-69 at the OSU Scarlet Course and hovered near lead the first two days. Shot a 4-under 67 in the third round to take a two-stroke lead after 54 holes. Stumbled with three bogeys in his first 10 holes on the final day before recovering to play the final seven holes in 3-under par. Was one back of Guthrie when he stepped to tee at No. 18. Stuffed his approach shot to 15 inches and rolled in a short birdie putt to force a playoff. Rolled in a 22-foot birdie putt on the same hole in the playoff to beat Guthrie, who missed his birdie try from 25 feet. 
  • Collected a first-place check for $144,000 and became the 13th player in Tour history to win in his first Tour start. 
  • Joined Daniel Summerhays (2007) and Harris English (2011) as college All-Americans to win the tournament.
  • Followed his victory in Columbus with his second win in as many weeks, at the Cox Classic. 
  • Was 15-under par and two strokes off the lead after 54 holes at Champions Run. 
  • Closed his front nine Sunday with three straight birdies to challenge for the lead and then moved into first place with back-to-back birdies at Nos. 14 and 15. 
  • Held a two-stroke lead over South Africa's Dawie van der Walt, who was at 21-under par after a closing 60, when he stepped to the 18th tee. 
  • Punctuated his day with an 18-foot birdie putt for a 9-under 62 to get to 24-under and make his winning margin three strokes. 
  • His only two bogeys of the week came on back-to-back holes midway through the second round. 
  • Pocketed a check for $117,000, which moved him to No. 2 on the money list and locked up a berth on the PGA TOUR in 2013 after only two starts. 
  • Became the 12th player in Tour history to register consecutive wins but only the seventh to do it in consecutive weeks. 
  • Joined Daniel Chopra (2004) as the only players in Tour history to win their first two starts in any season. 
  • Also reached the $200,000 mark in season earnings faster than any player in history. 
  • Added a solo fifth at the Mylan Classic, finishing a distant five shots back of winner Robert Streb.


  • Three-time All-American at Virginia, including a second-team selection in 2012. 
  • Two-time Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year (2011, 2012). 
  • Was Co-Player of the Year as a sophomore, the first Virginia golfer to win the award since 1996. 
  • Named to the All-ACC team his final three seasons. 
  • Led the team in scoring average his senior year, which ranked him No. 2 in the ACC. 
  • Won seven times in college, breaking Simon Cooke's school record of five titles. 
  • Led the conference in scoring average his sophomore year (71.32) 
  • Member of Green Hope High School 2006 and 2007 4A state championship teams in North Carolina. 
  • Tri-8 Conference Player of the Year his senior year.