|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.
Thursday: The Warren JFK graduate had an uneven day in the first round of the Tampa Bay Championship. His 4-over par 75 included an eagle on No. 5 and birdies on Nos. 6, 11 and 14. But Kokrak also had double bogeys on Nos. 1 and 4 and bogeys on Nos. 7, 8, 10, 12 and 16.
Next: Kokrak tees off at 7:40 a.m. on No. 10 at Innisbrook Resort-Copperhead in Palm Harbor, Fla. His playing partners are David Mathis and Kevin Stadler.
TV: Golf Channel coverage begins at 3 p.m. today.
Follow Kokrak: Online at www.vindy.com/kokrak.