TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Sophomore Florida State Men’s Golfer John Pak has been selected as one of the Top 15 collegiate golfers in the country, being named a finalist for the prestigious Haskins Award presented by Stifel given to the best amateur golfer.
The Scotch Plains, N.J., native is having a year unlike any other in Florida State Men’s Golf history. Pak’s scoring average of 69.17 would go down as the lowest in a single year if the season ended, which would better the previous low of 69.79 set by PGA Tour golfer Daniel Berger in the 2012-13 year.
Pak is coming off an ACC championship at The Old North State Club in New London N.C. last week. He carded a 13-under 203, using a final-round 69 and hitting some key shots down the stretch to win the tournament by one stroke.
He is the seventh-ranked golfer in the country by both Golfstat and Golfweek, and has shot 10 consecutive rounds in the 60s. For the year, Pak has carded a score of 69 or less in 15 of his 29 rounds played, and his 69.17 scoring average ranks ninth nationally.
Perhaps most impressive in Pak’s short career has been the number of wins he has piled up. In just his second year, he has recorded five tournament victories, including four this year. His five wins already rank second in program history behind Nolan Henke (1983-87), who owns eight.
This year, Pak has strung together eight Top 10 finishes in his 10 tournaments played, as well as seven Top-5 finishes. He opened the year in the fall with a 10-under 62 at the Rod Myers Invitational held at Duke Golf Club, which ties for the second-lowest single round in program history. Only Seminole Golf Alum Carl DiCesare has a lower round, recording an 11-under 61 at The Buckhaults Golf Tournament on March 17, 1967.
Pak joins Duke’s Alex Smalley and Clemson’s Bryson Nimmer as the ACC’s representatives on the list.
Florida State awaits its NCAA Regional selection, which will be unveiled on Wednesday, May 1, at 9 p.m. on The Golf Channel.