Foley carries Penn State legacy to PGA Tour

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The list of accolades Kevin Foley acquired during his Penn State career from 2006 to 2010 makes him one of the best men's golfers to ever represent the blue and white. However, his achievements didn't end when his collegiate career did. Today, Foley continues to make headlines as a professional golfer and will join the PGA Tour this year.

"Kevin was a fantastic player and teammate during his time at Penn State. He came in as a freshman and made an immediate impact on our team success," head coach Greg Nye said. "With the goal of making the PGA Tour clearly at the front of his thoughts, he was always very driven athlete. He was never completely satisfied with winning an event, there always seemed to be another goal just beyond."

As a 3-time All-American, Foley made his mark on Penn State golf early on in his career. He earned the 2006-07 Big Ten Freshman of the year honor and is one of four Nittany Lions to be named to the All-Region team each year of his career. The Somerville, NJ native is the program's only 3-time All-Big Ten selection and the first to acclaim back-to-back first team recognition.

Foley currently holds the university record for most tournament championships with six under his belt. He earned 16 top-10 finishes and 20 top-25 finishes during his four years in Happy Valley.

Foley's golf years were far from over when he graduated from Penn State in 2010. In 2011, he earned the NJSGA Open Championship and won his first eGolf Tour Title at the 2012 Pine Needles Classic. In the same year, Foley became the first Nittany Lion to earn full status on the Web.com Tour, which was founded in 1990 and is the primary developmental circuit for the PGA Tour.

"The biggest thing in my transition from golf at Penn State to playing professionally was really learning to create a routine and process that works and stick with it," Foley explained. "That goes with preparation for events, analyzing and decision making on the course and putting together a game plan."

Foley's first career victory came at the Panama Claro Championship, which marked the most significant professional win ever by a Penn State alumnus. Of the $144,000 dollars he earned on the Web.com Tour, $108,000 came from this single victory.

In August, Foley's 24th-place finish on the money list of the Web.com Tour earned him a 2013-14 PGA Tour card. Foley will be the first Nittany Lion since Dan O'Neill in 1975 to join the PGA Tour.

"Since his graduation Kevin has created another great story as a professional. Two years ago, Kevin had zero status on any of the levels of the professional tours. Today, he is a member of the PGA Tour. We couldn't be prouder of him, and look forward to watching him on tour this coming year," said Nye.

Kevin Foley's professional golf career is just beginning, and the future is bright.

"I'm really looking forward to next year out on the PGA Tour," Foley said, "and learning what it takes to win at the next level and compete with the best in the world every week."

Last Updated October 23, 2013