|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.
COLUMBUS Jason Kokrak, who returned to his native Ohio to play in the Memorial last week, made a strong bid to qualify for the U.S. Open on Monday.
The Warren JFK graduate finished the 36-hole qualifier at The Lakes Golf and Country Club in Columbus at 8-under par and is currently tied for eighth place. Fifteen qualifying spots are available. Some players were still on the course at 6:30 p.m., so the 15 qualifiers had not yet been determined.
Kent State University product Ben Curtis, who won the British Open in 2003, finished 1-under par. The field also included 2003 Masters champion Mike Weir, who was tied with Kokrak and seven other players at 8-under through 14 holes.
Check back at Vindy.com for updates as play progresses. See Tuesday's Vindicator sports section for complete details.