Jason Kokrak Wins Ohio Amateur Title
July 14, 2006
CINCINNATI - A pair of Xavier University golfers had successful runs in their state's amateur championships this week as senior Jason Kokrak won the Ohio Amateur Championship and sophomore Lindsay Cornell was the runner-up in the New York Women's Amateur.
Kokrak, whose name will now be etched alongside the likes of Arnold Palmer, John Cook and Ben Curtis, shot a final-round 71 to capture the 100th Ohio Golf Association amateur title at the Canterbury Golf Club in Beachwood. Kokrak fired rounds of 70, 68, 68, 71 (277) to finish seven-under par for the championship - four strokes clear of the field.
A native of Warren, Kokrak was the 2006 Co-Performer of the Year in the Atlantic 10 Conference with teammate John Streibich. The senior took a commanding three-stroke lead in today's final round on the 6,942-yard par-71 course. Current Musketeers Brian Keating finished tied for 15th (75, 73, 72, 71 - 291) and Mike Beausejour was tied for 31st (75, 75, 75, 73 - 298). Kyle Hodges also competed, but missed the cut.
In the 77th New York Women's Amateur, Cornell fell in the championship match Friday afternoon, 7&6, to Maggie Lester at the Nevele Country Club in Ellenville. Cornell, a native of East Aurora, N.Y., was seeded second in the bracket and swept through four rounds of the championship before falling to the top-seeded Lester.
Kokrak and Cornell are two of the top returning golfers for the Musketeers this coming season. Kokrak is the XU men's career scoring leader with a 72.66 stoke average in his three-year career. Cornell's 78.57 stroke average last season was the best ever by a freshman at Xavier.