When Trevor Cone was 8, he started coming to the golf course with his father, Tom.
Just six years later, at Mimosa Hills Golf and Country Club in Morganton, Trevor shot a 63, according to Tom.
"He pretty much had a natural golf swing very early," said Tom. "He picked it up very easily."
Now a junior at Jay M. Robinson High School, Trevor has become one of the best young golfers in the area and state. This year, he hopes to take his Bulldog team to a state championship.
Never miss a local story.
From age 8 to 11, Trevor would join his father, who plays tournament golf around the state, on the course, taking a few swings and picking up tips from Tom.
"It was just him coming out to the course with me and just giving him a little bit of instruction," said Tom.
He started working with David Ross at River Run Golf and Country Club in Davidson when he was 11 years old and started competing in tournaments soon after.
"He was always a very good athlete," said Tom.
In addition to golf, Trevor played AAU basketball and baseball growing up. When he started playing tournament golf, he had to give up baseball, since both are played in the spring. He still plays basketball recreationally.
Trevor said he prefers golf because "it's an individual sport."
But while he enjoys the individual aspect of the sport, Trevor said he really enjoys playing on the high school team.
"It's a good change," he said. "I actually like it better than just individual because it's a lot more fun hanging around with the kids on the school team."
Trevor was named to the all-conference team his freshman and sophomore years. Outside of high school golf, Trevor has also been successful in junior tournaments. Last year, he finished third in the North Carolina Junior Amateur Match Play, was the youngest to make the cut at the N.C. Amateur tournament, where he finished tied for 31st, and finished second in qualifying for the U.S. Junior Amateur tournament with back-to-back rounds of 69.
Trevor said that his parents have been a big part of his golf career, mostly for helping to pay for all the travel, tournaments and lessons he has had. But the support of his dad has also been important.
"He just keep me going on it (golf) and never forced me to do anything," he said.
Tom said that much of Trevor's success comes from his competitiveness.
"He's a pretty competitive kid," he said. "He doesn't like to lose."
It explains why Trevor didn't talk much about the first high school match of the year, a tournament between Rowan and Cabarrus County schools. He hit a double bogey to finish second in the tournament.
Trevor has caught the attention of several colleges with his exceptional play, including Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame.
After going to several football games and visiting the campus, Trevor decided to verbally commit to Virginia Tech. The reason? He enjoyed visiting the campus and "it snows a lot, and I like the snow."
Tom said he is happy with his son's choice.
"I just want him to go wherever he wants to go," said Tom. "He's going to have to put up his best effort no matter where he goes."
Tom was also a college athlete, playing football at the University of New Hampshire.
Trevor hopes to play golf professionally after college but is also interested in pursuing a business degree.
"If he continues golf after college, that's up to him," said Tom.
Trevor said that his favorite pro golfer is Mike Weir, though he's not sure why.
"I never liked Tiger," he said.
But right now, he's not thinking about pro golf. He's focused on having a strong season with Robinson. And he's setting his goals high.
"I think we're probably going to win conference, most likely go to regionals and probably states," he said. "This year or next year I want to win states."