February 25, 2018 - by
Leader of the Pak: Freshman Leads Noles to Win


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – With wet conditions raising scores on Sunday afternoon, it was Florida State freshman golfer John Pak who proved he could make it through the rain.

The Scotch Plains, N.J., native won the Seminole Intercollegiate by carding an 8-under 208 over the two days of the tournament played at picturesque Golden Eagle Country Club in Tallahassee. In his final round amidst the tougher conditions, he stayed the course with a 2-under 70, highlighted by his championship-winning birdie putt on the 18th hole.

“We have had some pretty good freshmen that didn’t get a win when they were freshmen,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said. “John’s ball-striking ability gives him a lot of opportunities. He has learned to be patient and that paid off this week.”

Pak used three birdies to his advantage on the back nine, helping stave off second-place finishers Nacho Montero (James Madison), Albert Badosa-Soler (Nicholls State) and teammate Jamie Li.

“Coming down the stretch he knew where he was, and executed well on the two Par 5s as well as a difficult 17th hole,” Jones added of Pak.

The Seminoles totaled an impressive 20-under score (287-270-287), defeating second-place Jacksonville by nine strokes. James Madison finished third, Cincinnati placed fourth and Arkansas State was fifth in the 14-team field.

FSU has now won both its spring tournaments after winning the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate on Feb. 13.

Three Seminoles finished in the Top 10, as Li tied for second with a 5-under 211 (71-66-74) while redshirt senior Harry Ellis tied for fifth with a 4-under 212 (72-68-72). For Li, it’s his second consecutive Top 5 finish after earning a co-title with Ellis in Mobile. For Ellis, he now owns three Top 5 finishes in five tournaments played in the 2017-18 year.

Tallahassee native Bennett Baker tied for 15th as an individual, shooting a 1-under 215 (70-70-75), and redshirt sophomore Jonathan Keppler tied for 21st shooting 1-over (72-70-75).

Sunday’s final result is the 15th time Florida State has finished at 20-under or lower in program history, including its fifth time at the Seminole Intercollegiate.

FSU continues its spring season at the familiar Querencia Cabo Collegiate held in Los Cabos, Mexico, from March 4-6.

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