TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Men’s Golfer John Pak was named to the five-member Phil Mickelson All-Freshmen Team on Wednesday, announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America as well as The Golf Channel.
The Scotch Plains, N.J., native put together one of the best years in Florida State Men’s Golf history. He led the team with 35 rounds and 12 tournaments played, earning nine Top-10 finishes, four in the Top 5 and holding a team-low 70.49 scoring average.
“Being on the All-Freshmen Team has been one of my goals all year,” Pak said. “To be one of the best freshmen in the country really motivates me to get better for next year and try to become a first-team All-American.”
Pak established the program single-year record with 26 rounds at par or less. He also set the FSU record with an average par 3 score of 3.00, surpassing Hank Lebioda’s 3.03 par 3 scoring in 2014-15.
The PING All-Southeast Region performer finished his first collegiate season ranked 23rd overall in the Golfstat ratings. He is the defending champion of the Seminole Intercollegiate held at Golden Eagle Country Club, which was on Feb. 24-25.
Oklahoma State’s Matthew Wolff was named the Phil Mickelson Outstanding Freshman, while Brandon Mancheno of Auburn, Georgia Tech’s Noah Norton and Clemson’s Turk Pettit joined Pak and Wolff on the All-Freshmen Team.
Guided by Pak’s steady swing, Florida State Men’s Golf made its 13th consecutive NCAA Regional appearance in the 2017-18 academic year. The Seminoles won three tournaments, including the Doc Gimmler (Sept. 9-10), the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate (Feb. 12-13) and the Seminole Intercollegiate.
Based on average vs. par, Pak was responsible for three of the six lowest single-round scores this past year. His six-under 66 in the second round of the Seminole Intercollegiate is tied for the team’s lowest round, while he also recorded a five-under 65 at the Doc Gimmler and a five-under 66 at the challenging Valspar Collegiate.