WATCH: Cheyenne native Josh Creel achieves dream, earns PGA Tour card
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - In August 2021, Cheyenne native and Central High School alum Josh Creel won his first tournament on the Korn Ferry Tour.
The KFT is a developmental pro tour where the Top-25 golfers get cards to play on the PGA Tour. Creel ended the regular season at No. 34, but he shined in the KFT postseason, where more PGA Tour cards are available.
“There’s 25 more cards up for grabs,” said Creel. “So, I finished, I don’t know, high 40s in Boise, Idaho, tied for tenth in Columbus, and tied eighth at Victoria National in Indiana and secured that number 13 spot.”
That playoff ranking was high enough for the former 4x Wyoming High School Golf team state champion to realize his dream and get a spot on the PGA Tour.
“My mom gets calls constantly from people saying, ‘We’re watching Josh. This is awesome to see,’” said Creel. “So I look forward to getting back to Cheyenne in the near future and maybe having a couple drinks with some of those people.”
At one point this season, Creel thought he was going to have to go to KFT Qualifying School, where you have to compete just to stay on the Tour. But then his game came alive including winning the Utah Championship, which vaulted him to No. 32 in the KFT rankings.
Creel’s sticktoitiveness and hard work have paid off and needless to say, his old high school coach is proud.
“You got a young person that had a goal and reached for it and now he’s taken that next step,” said Central Golf Head Coach Mike Lepore. “I’m looking forward to watching him a little bit and hopefully he can do the same types of things he did on the Korn Ferry Tour.”
Creel’s first PGA Tour event takes place this week. He plays in the Fortinet Championship in Scottsdale, Ariz. starting Thursday, September 16.
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