Virginia Tech produced a handful of PGA Tour golfers in the 1970s, including Tim Collins. That legacy began in the 21st century with three-time PGA Tour winner Johnson Wagner and Brendan de Jong, who earned more than $11.5 million in career earnings and was a member of the International Team for the 2013 Presidents Cup.
After Trevor Cone earned his first PGA Tour card of his career, that fraternity will grow in just a few weeks at the opening of the PGA Tour’s 2022-23 season, the Fortinet Championship.
Cohn finished 22nd in the regular season Korn Ferry Tour standings with a T34 finish at the Pinnacle Bank Championship in Nebraska. That top-25 overall regular-season finish means he earned his PGA Tour card and can now easily play to improve his ranking among other Korn Ferry Tour graduates as the PGA Tour begins in season, especially in the fall.
Cone came close to a PGA Tour card in 2018 after winning the Ellie Mae Classic late in the regular season, but a lack of starts prevented him from finishing high enough in the standings to earn the card.
However, Cohn will not be banned in 2022 after claiming his second Korn Ferry Tour victory at the Advent Health Championship in May. Cohn built on that with an eight-game streak that included nine of ten starts, T13 at the Cutaway Charity Championship two weeks ago and T5 at the Utah Championship last week, moving him into the top 25. In #20.
While the odds of dropping out after that were slim, Cone essentially gave him even more insurance to seal the deal on his first PGA Tour card.
After a stellar career at Virginia Tech, Cone’s arrival on the PGA Tour shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.
He was a two-time All-American at Virginia Tech, earning third-team honors in 2014 and honorable mention honors in 2015, becoming the program’s first individual ACC men’s golf champion in 2015.
Finishing his career with three wins and 20 top 10 finishes, he forms an impressive duo with Scott Vincent, who has had many successes on the Asian and Japanese tours, and ranks in the top 100 in the world rankings. After his time with the Hokies, he is second only to Vincent in scoring.
Given that success, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the now 29-year-old Hockey will be a member of the PGA Tour for the first time for the 2022-23 season.
Now, he’s focused not just on getting his card, but on climbing the ladder and becoming a mainstay on the world’s biggest professional golf tour.