ATLANTA, Ga. (seminoles.com) — Florida State senior John Pak will look to defend his title this weekend at the 67th Annual Athletic Coast Conference Championship at Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course in Atlanta, Ga.
The All-American was the individual winner of the ACC Championship in 2019, but he was not able to defend his title last year because the tournament was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Pak is on the path to pick up the ninth victory of his career, which would break Nolan Henke’s record for most tournament wins in program history. He will also try to stay in the top spot for the program’s lowest stroke average with 69.93.
With six top-10 finishes, four top-five finishes, and one victory in seven events this season, Pak has been the superstar for the Noles this season. A victory this weekend would give Pak two of the three individual titles for FSU at the ACC Championship.
The No. 2 Seminoles will play their fourth tournament win of the season and their first ACC Championship since 2008. A win this weekend would give the Noles their second title in the program’s history.
This championship event will include all 12 ACC teams, including No. 4 Clemson, No. 5 Wake Forest, No. 8 NC State, No. 11 North Carolina, and No. 25 Notre Dame. Three ACC teams, which include Clemson, NC State, and Boston College, will being heading into this tournament following a team victory from their last event played.
The Noles have brought home three victories this season with wins at the Camp Creek Seminole Invitational, the Seminole Intercollegiate, and the Valspar Collegiate. They have also placed in the top three as a team in six of their seven tournaments.
FSU has had a very strong presence on the player leaderboard, with at least one player placing in the top three individually in each of their seven tournaments this season.
The Noles have also had two individual champions this season with graduate transfer Vincent Norrman winning the Timuquana Collegiate and Pak claiming the title the Calusa Cup.
There will be a new format for the tournament this season, as it will include 54 holes of stroke play combined on Friday and Saturday. Friday will be continuous play of 36 holes with no re-pairings, while Saturday will only be 18 holes with the individual champion be awarding at the conclusion of play.
The top four teams following stroke play will then advance to the match play semifinals on Sunday. The championship round of match play will wrap up the weekend on Monday, where the team champion will be crowned.
The tournament begins Friday, Apr. 23 at 7:30 a.m. and concludes Monday, Apr. 26. The final round is scheduled to air on ACCNX. Spectators will be allowed at the 2021 ACC Men’s Golf Championship, but they will be required to wear masks.