|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.
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This week: The Warren native will take part in the St. Jude Classic in Memphis. He tees off today at 9:48 a.m. on the No. 10 tee at TPC Southwind. His playing partners are Jamie Lovemark and amateur Cody Proveaux. He’ll start at 2:48 p.m. in the second round on Friday.
Season to date: Kokrak has an official scoring average of 72.08 and is ranked 184th in the World Golf Ranking. He’s 151st in the FedEx Cup rankings with 143 points.
Follow Kokrak: Online at www.vindy.com/kokrak.