Kokrak Captures Donald Ross Championship
Playing 28 holes in Saturday’s final proved no problem for Jason Kokrak as he swashbuckled his way to a five-stroke win in the eGolf Tour’s Donald Ross Championship at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club.
Kokrak, who had set a course-record 61 in Thursday’s second round at Southern Pines Golf Club, posted 22-under-par 261 and claimed the $35,000 first-place check in the $250,000 event.
Heavy rains had postponed play after Kokrak had played eight holes on Friday.
The win was Kokrak’s second is as many starts on the eGolf Tour and his fourth over the past two seasons. The conditional Nationwide Tour player is the tour’s leading money-winner with $70,000.
The Donald Ross Championship was the seventh event of the eGolf season and was contested at both Pine Needles Resort & Lodge and Southern Pines Golf Club.
Kokrak vaulted into the lead with a second-round course record at Southern Pines Golf Club on Thursday, then held onto the lead with rounds of 66-67. He held a three shot lead over former Laurinburg resident Frank Adams III going into the final round.
Kokrak pulled away from the field on the final nine with consecutive birdies on holes 10, 11 and 12.
A double bogey on the par-5 15th slowed the express, but he still held a four-stroke lead with three to play and finished par-birdie-par.
“I just wanted to play solid. I just wanted to hit some good shots and make a few putts,” said the Warren, Ohio, native. “I didn’t do much through nine holes, but I was fortunate to keep my lead since no one else was doing anything.”
The win was somewhat of a title defense for Kokrak, who won the tour’s Bushnell Championship last year contested at Little River Golf Club and Southern Pines.
Finishing in second place was Scott Parel, of Augusta, Ga., who shot 268 to finish five shots behind Kokrak and pick up $17,165.
Adams, who now lives in Salisbury, finished tied for fourth with 269 and won $8,423.
Edward Loar, who shot 62 on Wednesday to set a course record at Pine Needles, tied for eighth with 270.
Darron Stiles, of Pinehurst, shot 68-67-68-68—271 to tie for 10th and win $4,130. Dustin Bray, the former University of North Carolina star who now lives in Asheboro, was also at 271.
David Sanchez, the former N.C. State golfer who plays out of Pinehurst, shot 272, tying for 15th and winning $3,425.
Contact Howard Ward at email@example.com. Information for this article was provided by Stewart Moore of the eGolf Professional Tour.
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