TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Men’s Golf rising junior John Pak has been selected to the 2019 United States Walker Cup Team, announced on Sunday evening on the Golf Channel by the United States Golf Association.
The competition will be held Sept. 7-8 at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England. Pak is the fourth Seminole chosen to play in the event, joining 2017 GB&I participant Harry Ellis, 1987 GB&I participant Jeremy Robinson and three-time United States player A. Downing Gray (1963, 1965, 1967). Gray also captained the U.S. team in 1995 and 1997.
Pak will be the first Seminole to play for the United States since Gray last participated in 1967, a span of 52 years.
“I’m so excited to be part of the U.S. Walker Cup Team,” Pak said. “This is one of the most prestigious amateur events in the world. To be part of it means so much to me because so many great players have been on this team before.”
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In the two competition days, match play will be used to determine which team wins. Foursome (alternate-shot) matches will be played each morning followed by singles matches in the afternoon. The USA, which won the cup in 2017, needs 13 points to retain the cup while GB&I will need 13.5 points to win.
Among the Americans, Pak is one of four current collegiate golfers as he is joined by Georgia Tech senior and U.S. Amateur winner Andy Ogletree, Vanderbilt senior John Augenstein and Texas sophomore Cole Hammer. There are 10 total golfers on the team.
Pak’s strong summer run coupled with his record-setting season as a Seminole helped make him an easy choice for Walker Cup selection. He reached the round of 16 at last week’s U.S. Amateur, highlighted by a match play win over 10th-ranked amateur Blake Windred of Australia.
In his sophomore season at Florida State, Pak won four of his 11 events played, joining Seminole legends Nolan Henke and Christian Raynor as the only FSU golfer to win four or more tournaments in a year. The Scotch Plains, N.J., native won the 2019 ACC Championship, towering over a field that includes teammates Ogletree and Duke graduate Alex Smalley.