ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GA. Warren JFK graduate Jason Kokrak shot a 65, the lowest score of the second round, in the McGladrey Classic at Seaside Course on Georgia's St. Simons Island today.
Kokrak’s round included four birdies and an eagle. He is in a group at 6-under par 134, two shots behind leader Chris Kirk.
Kokrak's 65 included a birdie on the par-4 fifth hole, which wraps around a marsh. With the wind helping, the big-hitting Kokrak took a short cut toward the green and came up just short, setting up a chip-and-putt for birdie.
That was two shots worse than how he played the hole in a pro-am round. With a similar wind, he smashed his driver over the marsh, onto the green and into the hole for an albatross ace. Too bad it was only practice.
“I think it will play into my favor to play a little bit windy,” Kokrak said. “Maybe not quite as gusty and windy as it is today for the putting aspect, but 15 to 20 mph wind would be fine with me. I think it’s an easier golf course for me to climb closer to the leaders with a little bit of wind as opposed to shooting 7-, 8-under par like the first round.”
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