|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 …
Today: shot even-par 70 on Saturday in the third round of the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club. The Warren JFK graduate is tied for 18th place at 7-under 203, five strokes behind leader Chris Kirk. Kirk shot a 65 on Saturday. It was his third straight round in the 60s. He is at 12-under 198, one shot ahead of Will Wilcox and Harris English. Kokrak’s three birdies all came on the front nine Saturday, including back-to-back birdies on Nos. 8 and 9.
Next: Kokrak will tee off at 3:55 p.m. (EST) in today’s final round. His group includes John Daly and Kevin Ha.
TV coverage: Golf Channel at 7 p.m.
Follow Kokrak: Online at www.vindy.com/kokrak.