|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.
Inside the ropes with …
Sunday: The Warren JFK graduate shot a 4-under 67 in the final round of The Barclays to finish at 8 under for the tournament. He tied for ninth, three strokes behind winner Adam Scott. His round included an eagle, four birdies and two bogeys. Kokrak won $208,000 and earned 363 FedEx Cup points, moving him from 95th to 50th in the rankings.
Next: Kokrak heads to Norton, Mass., for the Deutsche Bank Championship beginning Friday at TPC Boston.
Follow Kokrak: The Vindicator’s special web page to follow Kokrak on tour is at www.vindy.com/kokrak.
Associated Press/Staff report