Qualified for his first U.S. Open by garnering the final spot in the Rockville, Md., sectional. Shot rounds of 70-68 for a 6-under total of 138. After turning professional in 2012, Kohles won the first event he entered, the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational on the Web.com Tour. Kohles backed that up by winning the Cox Classic a week later. This came after a decorated college career at the University of Virginia, where he was a three-time All-American and two-time Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year. He also won the 2012 Dogwood Invitational.