TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Freshman John Pak of the 17th-ranked Florida State Men’s Golf team has been named the ACC Golfer of the Month for March, announced on Wednesday by the conference.
The Scotch Plains, N.J., native recorded three Top 10 finishes in three competitive tournaments during the last month, highlighted by a second-place finish at the challenging Valspar Collegiate. In eight rounds played during March, Pak’s average score was an impressive 69.8.
Besides his second-place showing at the Valspar, he also tied for fourth at the one-day Southern Intercollegiate and tied for seventh at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate. His finishes in Cabo and at the Valspar in Palm City, Fla., were bolstered by the fact that each tournament had 13 teams ranked in the Golfstat Top 50.
His final-round 66 at the difficult Floridian National Golf Club in Palm City came in troubling weather conditions, prompting head coach Trey Jones to say that it was one of the best rounds he has ever coached. Four of his eight rounds played were sub-70.
Pak has emerged as arguably the top freshman in the country and one of the best collegiate golfers. In nine tournaments, he has finished in the Top 10 eight times, the Top 5 four times and the Top 2 three times. Pak won the Seminole Intercollegiate at Golden Eagle Country Club on Feb. 25, shooting an 8-under 208.
Pak is the 16th-rated collegiate golfer according to Golfstat, ranked 22nd by Golfweek and is one of 20 members on the Fred Haskins Award Watch List. He is also 15th in the latest Arnold Palmer Cup player rankings for Team USA.