TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The 20th-ranked and fourth-seeded Florida State Men’s Golf team prepares for the annual ACC Championship beginning Friday morning at 9 a.m. at the Old North State Club in New London, N.C.
“I’ve coached at this course 13 times,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said. “We know it really well. We have great memories from Jonas Blixt winning it and the team winning it. We’ve had a lot of close seconds. We have a great record there and know how to prepare for it. We’re looking forward to this week.”
The Seminoles are bringing a talented starting five that includes redshirt senior Harry Ellis, juniors Corey Carlson and Bennett Baker, sophomore Jamie Li and freshman John Pak. Of the five, only Carlson has played the ACC Championship course at Old North State Club, which he did as a freshman in 2016.
FSU enters the ACC Championship with high confidence after a strong showing in the regular season. With one tournament win in the fall (The Doc Gimmler) and two wins in the spring (Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate and Seminole Intercollegiate), FSU owns three tournament victories this academic year.
The Seminoles will participate in their 27th ACC Championship, having played in every season since joining the league in 1992. Led by All-Americans Blixt and Matt Savage in 2008, FSU captured its lone ACC title by defeating second-place Duke by three strokes in New London, N.C. FSU has also finished second in the 2013 and 2014 tournaments.
Pak has been one of the biggest breakout golfers in the country. The native of Scotch Plains, N.J., has one win (Seminole Intercollegiate) and owns eight Top-10 finishes in 10 tournaments played. Pak has the lowest scoring average on the team at 70.59, was the ACC Golfer of the Month for March and is on the latest Haskins Award Watch List.
“This is what we have been preparing for, and everyone is really excited. I know I am,” Pak added. “We have a really good team this year and I think we have a good chance.”
The Seminoles boast three golfers in the Top 102 of the Golfstat individual player rankings: Pak (31), Ellis (57) and Li (102). They also have four different tournament winners this season, led by Ellis (2), Pak (1), Li (1) and Baker (1 – USA Individual Tournament on Feb. 13).
The ACC Championship will have a portion of Saturday and Sunday’s rounds on the ACC Network Extra. Saturday’s coverage will run from 2-4 p.m., while Sunday’s final-round coverage will go from 1-3:30 p.m.