TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Men’s Golfer John Pak, who just completed his freshman season, added his name to the rich history of Seminole golf on Thursday after being named a PING Third-Team All-American as announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Pak becomes the 14th Florida State Men’s golfer to earn first, second or third-team All-America honors, and is the 32nd All-American in program history (includes honorable mention recognition). The Scotch Plains, N.J., native produced one of the best seasons by a Seminole, shooting a 70.49 scoring average that is only surpassed by current PGA Tour golfer Daniel Berger (69.79 in 2012-13).
Pak’s debut season included several accolades: He was honored as one of five freshmen who made the Phil Mickelson Team, earned ACC Rookie of the Year honors, was named to the All-ACC Team and also landed a spot on the PING All-Southeast Region Team.
He was also selected as the ACC Golfer of the Month in March following a first-place finish at the Seminole Intercollegiate.
Golfstat ranked Pak 24th overall, as he led the Seminoles with 26 of his 35 rounds being at par or less. He collected nine Top 10 finishes and four Top 5 finishes in addition to his lone victory at Golden Eagle Country Club on Feb. 25.
The All-America golfer ranked in the Top 10 nationally in par 3 scoring (3.01) and perhaps most importantly, last-round average (69.42). Per round, he also had the fewest double bogeys of anyone in the country, very rarely letting a hole get away from him.
ELLIS NAMED TO ALL-ACC ACADEMIC TEAM
For the second time in his career, Harry Ellis got the nod on the All-ACC Academic Team. The Sport Management major graduated last month from Florida State University and earned his Bachelor of Science degree.
Ellis is one of 16 honorees in the conference who has earned the academic distinction multiple times. Last year he was selected to the All-ACC Academic Team for the first time.
Ten golfers who earned All-ACC honors this season secured spots on the 2017-18 All-ACC Academic Men’s Golf Team: Clemson’s Bryson Nimmer and Doc Redman, Duke’s Alex Smalley, Ellis, Georgia Tech’s Noah Norton and Tyler Strafaci, North Carolina’s Ben Griffin, NC State’s Franken, Virginia’s Thomas Walsh, and Wake Forest’s Cameron Young.
Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career for undergraduate students. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.
The ACC Honor Roll, which recognizes all conference student-athletes with a grade point average of 3.0 for the current academic year, will be released in July.