|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 … Jason Kokrak
Friday: The Warren JFK graduate stayed in contention Friday with a second-round 67 in the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club. Kokrak is in a five-way tie for fifth place at 7-under par 133. Kokrak started the second round on No. 10. He made birdies on the 11th and 18th holes and par on every other hole on the back nine. Kokrak started the front side with birdies on Nos. 1 and 2, but followed that up with back-to-back bogeys. He finished with a birdie on No. 9.
Next: Due to expected inclement weather, tee times for the third round will be moved back 21/2 hours.
TV: Golf Channel coverage is set to begin at 4:30 p.m.
Follow Kokrak: Online at www.vindy.com/kokrak.