TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Sophomore John Pak stole the show through the first two rounds of the Rod Myers Invitational on Saturday. The Scotch Plains, N.J., native carded a tournament record 62 in his opening round and leads the invitational at 13-under (62-69).
Pak, who earned All-America honors last year as a freshman, tied for the second-lowest single-round score in program history with his 10-under 62. The Florida State Men’s Golf sophomore recorded the lowest score by a Seminole since Jack Maguire also shot a 62 on March 4, 2014, in the final round of the USF Invitational.
The program record for the single-lowest round score is 61 by Carl DiCesare at the Buckhaults Golf Tournament on March 17, 1967.
.@johnnydpak shoots a tournament record 6️⃣2️⃣ in the first round of the Rod Myers Invitational!
— FSU Golf (@FSUGolf) September 8, 2018
“I have been privileged to see some good rounds and good days, but I can’t think of one any better than John’s today,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said. “To shoot a course record on another university’s home course in tournament conditions is even more special. John kept pressure on the course by putting the ball in the fairway, choosing good lines, laying up on par 5’s and hitting great wedges.”
Pak totaled 14 birdies through his 36 holes played, and added an eagle in the second round on the par-5, 493-yard ninth hole. In his opening round, he recorded six consecutive birdies on holes 4-9 and carded a 29 through the first nine holes.
“A pivotal point was when he went 8-under through 11 and hit his tee ball in the water on the par 3 12th,” Jones added. “He calmly went to the drop area of 120 yards, got the ball up and down for bogey and birdied the next hole. John works hard on his game and I am so happy that he could enjoy a day like today.”
Penn State leads the tournament at 11-under, followed by North Carolina (-10), Duke (-2) and FSU (-1). The rest of the field is shooting over par.
Senior Corey Carlson aided the Seminoles by shooting 1-over so far, recording a 74 in the first round and a 71 in the second. Carlson used five birdies to his advantage in the second round, ending the day by going 1-under on the 455-yard 18th hole.
Junior Jamie Li also had a strong ending to his day, shooting a 1-under 71 in the second round after carding a 76 in the opening frame. The England native is tied for 27th at 3-over.
Junior Greyson Porter is tied for 55th at 8-over (75-77) while fellow junior Jake Carter is 73rd at +19. Freshman Alberto Martinez, playing as an individual, finished at 10-over and tied for 63rd.
Florida State finishes the Rod Myers Invitational on Sunday beginning at 8:30 a.m.