After winning the South Piedmont conference title, earning SPC Golfer of the Year and making the 3A state golf tournament, Jay M. Robinson senior Trevor Cone wants more this season.
In his final high school season, nothing short of a serious chance to cap his career with a 3A state individual or team championship will satisfy.
"I feel a lot of pressure from myself to win to try and win a state championship and help my team get theirs as well," said Cone, who finished in the top 20 of last year's state tournament. "But it is something I look forward to trying to accomplish, something I've been working towards for three years now."
Cone has proved he belongs among the state's best the last four seasons in high school golf, but also on the junior circuit. The 18-year-old is not only ranked among the top 15 players in the state by golfweek.com, but also just earned first-team all-state honors from the Tarheel Youth Golf Association (TYGA) this winter.
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Cone showed signs of a future standout career on the golf course even before high school, firing a personal-best 63 at Mimosa Hills Golf Club, while also making a hole-in-one at Cabarrus Country Club when he was in seventh grade.
"It was obvious to me when Trevor got to Robinson in ninth grade that he belonged," said Jay M. Robinson's golf coach, Col. Richard Hefner. "He has gotten better and better every year, and has become one of the inspirational leaders of our team."
Cone's own inspiration for most of his life on the golf course has been his father, Tom.
Tom not only introduced and taught his son the game at an early age, but has also been the driving force in Trevor's career.
"My dad has always been very important to me and my game," said Cone. "He has spent a lot of his time and money taking me to tournaments and working on my game."
Cone's game also received a big boost from his coach, River Run Country Club's David Ross, who has worked with Cone since he was 11 years old.
Cone consistently works three to four hours a day, seven days a week on some aspects of his golf game, whether it is playing, practicing or working out.
While Cone, who has been all-conference in each of his first three seasons at Robinson, has come a long way. This year, he hopes all the work starts to pay off in bigger and better finishes.
That starts in the SPC conference season, where Cone and fellow senior Thomas Farrell look to lead the Bulldogs to repeat wins in both the regular season and tournament titles.
They will get their biggest challenge from Cox Mill and Charger standout Garrett Ray.
"All of our golfers want to beat Trevor or be as good as Trevor," said Hefner. "I think they look up to him and say 'this is the type of golf we need to play to win.' I think in that way his example motivates our team to be better."
While Cone is focused on this season , he is also anticipating his future at Virginia Tech, where he will go to school and play golf next year.
Cone got a good taste of the college life late last month, when he attended the Hokies' mens' basketball teams' upset win over then No. 1 Duke, joining the student's celebration at midcourt after the game.
"That was an awesome game and a great experience," said Cone. "It just makes me look forward to (Virgina Tech) even more."
For the next couple months, Cone's focus will remain at Robinson, where he looks to finish his standout career just the way it started, with just a few more reasons to celebrate.