Future stars dominate Web.com event
BY Bruce Young | Web.com Tour | 2012 Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational | Wrap | 30 Jul 2012
Just a week after turning professional American golfer Ben Kohles has made a dream start in the paid ranks by winning the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational on the Web.com Tour.
The 22 year old Kohles, who finished 18th at Niagara falls last week in his final amateur appearance, birdied the first extra hole of a playoff against another recently turned professional Luke Guthrie.
A former University of Virginia collegiate golfer, Kohles will now have full access to the Nationwide Tour and given the size of the purse available this past week he has a kick start towards PGA Tour status in 2013. Kohles earned US$144,000 for his victory. Kohles moves to 13th on the money list.
Kohles was one of twelve All Americans invited to the event, that group allowed to compete even if they had already turned professional.
Guthrie has made the cut in all three events he has played on the PGA Tour this season and now this runner-up finish gives him an outstanding start to his professional career. He has already made US$284,000 in his three PGA Tour starts and adds another US$84,000 this week.
The leading Australian was Cameron Percy who finished in a share of 12th but improves one position to 8th on the money list.
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