|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.
SAN MARTIN, Calif.
Warren JFK High Jason Kokrak shot a 4-under-par 67 on Saturday to jump into a tie for third place in the PGA Tour’s Frys.com Open.
A strong finish today could earn Kokrak enough to jump into the PGA’s top 125 for the season. That would secure him his PGA card for 2013.
Kokrak‘s Saturday round featured an eagle on No. 17. He also shot four birdies and two bogeys.
John Mallinger remains in position for his first PGA Tour victory, shooting a 1-under 70 to take a two-stroke lead into the final round.
The 33-year-old Mallinger had a 15-under 198 total at CordeValle after opening with a 66 and matching the course record with a 62 on Friday. He has finished second twice in his seven-year career on the tour, losing in a playoff to Bo Van Pelt in Milwaukee in 2009.
“I’m going to still stay aggressive and try to make as many birdies as possible,” Mallinger said. “It’s going to be a birdie day. I mean, it’s supposed to be nice.”
Sweden’s Jonas Blixt was second after a 66, and Charles Howell III and Kokrak were another stroke back at 12 under. Howell had a 66.
Vijay Singh and Brazil’s Alexandre Rocha were 11 under. They each shot 66.
Kokrak’s playing partners today will be Rocha and Singh.
“It’ll be a shootout tomorrow,” Howell said.