|Birthday:||May 22, 1985|
Jason Kokrak was raised in Warren and played high school golf at JFK High School in Warren where he twice led his team to the Ohio Boy's state championship as Division III medalist. He went on to play college golf at Xavier University in Cincinnati and graduated in 2007. During his college career, he won both the 2006 and 2007 Ohio Amateur titles. Kokrak turned professional after graduation.
During the 2007 U.S. Amateur, Kokrak led all players with a score of 137 during the 36 hole match play qualifier at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. That same year, he made an appearance in the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club, when he successfully came through sectional and regional qualifying.
In 2011, he exploded onto the pro golf scene over the second half of the Nationwide Tour season — winning two events and nearly capturing the season-ending Tour Championship. It allowed him to finish 4th on the Nationwide money list, which earned him 2012 PGA Tour membership.
By Ed Puskas
Sam Covelli just wrote a $10 million check to Ohio State for the construction of a new athletic arena on campus.
Now the entrepreneur’s company, Warren-based Covelli Enterprises Inc., is reportedly about to invest in another sports enterprise — PGA Tour golfer Jason Kokrak, a Warren native and John F. Kennedy High School graduate.
Covelli Enterprises, the largest franchisee of Panera and O’Charley’s restaurants, is set to announce it will sponsor Kokrak as the second-year pro begins play on tour in 2013.
A news conference is planned for Friday morning at Covelli Enterprises’ corporate headquarters, according to Allen Ryan, the company’s director of corporate affairs.
Kokrak made his full-time PGA Tour debut in 2012. The former Xavier University golfer had a second-place finish and was 119th on the money list ($750,221 in earnings) to secure his tour card for 2013.