|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.
HONOLULU — Jason Kokrak saved his best for last in the first round of the Sony Open.
The Warren native and Warren JFK graduate finished an up-and-down round with an eagle on the par-5 No. 18 at Waialae Country Club. The fantastic finish dropped Kokrak to 1-under on the day.
Kokrak started with bogeys on four of his first six holes, but rebounded with birdies on holes 7, 9 and 10 and was 1-over par through 17 holes to set the stage for his eagle.
Kokrak is back at the course where he made his full-time PGA Tour debut by making the cut in last year's Sony Open.
Some players are still on the course. Clubhouse leader Scott Piercy is 6-under.
Check back for more updates and read more about Kokrak and the Sony Open in Friday's Vindicator sports section.