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John Pak

John's Profile

(Updated July 2018)
Scotch Plains, N.J.
high school
Scotch Plains-Fanwood

Career Honors:

  • 2018 PING Third Team All-American.
  • 2018 Phil Mickelson Freshmen All-American.
  • 2018 ACC Freshman of the Year.
  • 2018 PING All-Southeast Region.
  • 2018 All-ACC Team.
  • ACC Golfer of the Month (March 2018).

Freshman Season (2017-18):

  • Enjoyed a decorated freshman campaign, becoming the program’s 31st All-American (PING Third-Team; Phil Mickelson Freshmen All-American) while also earning ACC Freshman of the Year and All-ACC honors.
  • Named to the PING All-Southeast Region Team.
  • Led the Seminoles with a 70.49 scoring average in 12 tournaments played. His scoring average was the second-lowest in a full year in program history, only surpassed by Daniel Berger’s 69.79 average in 2012-13.
  • Ended his first year as the 23rd-ranked golfer in the nation according to Golfstat’s Division I player rankings.
  • Led the 2017-18 Seminoles in several other categories, including first-round average (72.17), last-round average (69.42), par 3 scoring (3.01), par 5 scoring (4.70), birdies (122) and pars per round (11.89).
  • 26 of his 35 rounds played were at par or less, while 16 of his 35 rounds were scored in the 60s.
  • Pak’s 26 rounds at par or less are a new program record, eclipsing Hank Lebioda’s 24 rounds in 2014-15.
  • Scored a single-round low six-under (66) in the second round of the Seminole Intercollegiate on Feb. 24.
  • Recorded his lone tournament win at the Seminole Intercollegiate, shooting an 8-under 208 at Golden Eagle Country Club.
  • Totaled nine Top 10 finishes and four Top 5 finishes.
  • Placed second at his first tournament in The Doc Gimmler on Sept. 9-10, 2017.
  • Shot under par in his first six collegiate rounds played.
  • Shot 5-under or lower in four different rounds, including the final round of the ACC Championship (-5 67), final round of the Valspar Collegiate (-5 66), the Doc Gimmler and the Seminole Intercollegiate.
  • His three-round aggregate score of 201 (-9) at The Doc Gimmler is the fourth-lowest in program history.

Before Florida State:

  • Ranked seventh in the 2017 signing class and 15th among all junior golfers according to Golfweek.
  • Named a Rolex Junior First Team All-American by the American Junior Golf Association, earning recognition as one of the world’s best junior golfers.
  • Top 100 WAGR ranking.
  • Second-place finish at the Terra Cotta Invitational on May 7, 2017 (73-72-71).
  • Finished fifth at the 2017 Polo Golf Junior Classic.
  • His 2015-16 season includes a second-place finish at the Rolex Tournament of Champions in Greensboro, Ga., carding a 1-under 279.
  • Has earned Top 10 finishes in other national events as well, tying for third at the 2016 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship and tying for seventh at the 2016 CB&I / Simplify Boys Championship.
  • Competed at one of junior golf’s most prestigious tournaments in the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club in Graniteville, S.C.
  • Tied for fifth at the 2015 Polo Golf Junior Classic.
  • Named a Rolex Junior Honorable Mention All-American in 2015.

All About Me:

  • Parents: Kwang and Michelle Pak.
  • Major: Exploratory.
  • How did you first start getting into golf? My brother played in high school and I tagged along.
  • What would you say is your greatest golf moment so far? Shooting 63 at the Western Amateur.
  • Who is your favorite professional golfer? Jason Day because he was very influential.
  • My favorite club in my bag is: 8 Iron. I use it on all of my drills.
  • I chose to play for Florida State Men’s Golf because: I believe I can get better here.
  • What is something many people don’t know about you? I was homeschooled my last three years of high school.
  • What is the best advice you have ever received? No pain, no gain.
  • What music are you currently listening to? Pop.
  • What shows are you currently watching? Blacklist.
  • What’s your favorite movie? Dead Pool.
  • What is the single greatest lesson golf has taught you? Getting mad doesn’t get you anywhere.
  • What are the top three things on your bucket list?
    • Play in the Majors.
    • Play Pine Valley.
  • If you could be any superhero, which one would you be? Batman because he is a genius and is super rich.
  • What’s the hardest thing you’ve had to overcome in your life? Moving to Orlando away from my family.
  • What makes Florida State University a great place? The support you get is incredible.

John Pak By The Numbers:

Round: 65 (The Doc Gimmler, Fall 2017)
Tournament: 201 (The Doc Gimmler, Fall 2017)
Best Finish: 1st (Seminole Intercollegiate, Spring 2018)