|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.
PITTSFORD, N.Y. Jason Kokrak shot 4-over par 74 Thursday in the first round of the PGA Championship.
The Warren JFK graduate is playing in his first major as a professional. He had previously qualified for the U.S. Open as an amateur in 2007.
Kokrak birdied two holes - No. 6 and No. 16 - at Oak Hill Country Club. He started on the back nine and record four straight pars before a double bogey on No. 14 and a bogey on No. 15 to go 3-over.
Kokrak then birdied No. 16 and completed the back nine with a bogey on No. 18.
Kokrak had six pars on the front side. He sandwiched bogeys on No. 5 and No. 7 around a birdie on No. 6.
Kokrak is tied for 119th, nine shots behind leader Jim Furyk, who shot 5-under Thursday. Adam Scott also is 5-under, but he was still on the course when play was suspended at 4:25 p.m. because of impending bad weather.
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