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John Pak

John Pak - Men's Golf - Florida State Seminoles

John's Profile

(Updated August 2021)
Scotch Plains, N.J.
high school
Scotch Plains-Fanwood

Career Honors:

  • Ends his FSU career with eight tournament wins (ties program record with FSU Alum Nolan Henke).
  • FSU’s career leader in scoring average (69.87).
  • 2021 Jack Nicklaus Award winner.
  • The first winner of the Ben Hogan Award in program history.
  • The first winner of the Fred Haskins Award in program history.
  • Finished first in the PGA TOUR University Class rankings
  • FSU’s all-time leader with 29 Top 10 finishes.
  • Owns three of FSU’s four season scoring averages in the 60s (only other FSU player was Daniel Berger; 69.79 in 2012-13).
  • The only Seminole to earn PING First Team All-America honors twice in their career (2019 and 2021).
  • Finishes at par or less in 89 of his 113 career rounds played.
  • 2021 ACC Player of the Year and All-ACC selection.
  • 2021 Walker Cup Selection (second Walker Cup appearance) and two-time Walker Cup winner with the United States Team.
  • Earned the Michael Carter Award, which is presented to the 2020 Arnold Palmer Cup participant that best represents the qualities and ideals of sportsmanship, integrity and upholding of the game.
  • Low Amateur at 2020 U.S. Open.
  • 2021 PING First-Team All-American.
  • 2020 PING Second-Team All-American.
  • 2020 PING All-Southeast Region Team.
  • 2020 Ben Hogan Award Watch List.
  • 2020 Haskins Award Watch List.
  • 2020 ACC Golfer of the Month (February 2020).
  • 2020 Men’s Golf Golden Nole Award Winner.
  • 3-0 at 2019 Walker Cup.
  • 2019 All-Nicklaus Team selection.
  • 2019 Golfweek First-Team All-American.
  • 2019 PING! First-Team All-American as selected by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
  • 2019 PING! All-Region selection.
  • 2019 All-ACC Team member.
  • 2019 Two-time ACC Golfer of the Month (February and April of 2019).
  • 2019 Jack Nicklaus Award Semifinalist.
  • 2019 Haskins Award Watch List member.
  • ACC Academic Honor Roll (2019 and 2021).
  • 2018 PING! Third Team All-American.
  • 2018 Phil Mickelson Freshmen All-American.
  • 2018 ACC Freshman of the Year.
  • 2018 PING! All-Southeast Region.
  • 2018 All-ACC Team.
  • 2018 ACC Golfer of the Month (March 2018).

Senior Season (2020-21):**

  • Remarkable 17-1 record vs. Top 25 individuals en route to being Golfstat’s top-ranked collegiate golfer.
  • Finished his senior season with a 69.71 stroke average, -1.74 vs. par while finishing in the Top 9 of all his 10 tournaments played.
  • Carded at least one round in the 60s in every tournament in 2021.
  • Placed fifth at the NCAA Championship held at Grayhawk Golf Club, shooting a 3-under 277 (68-72-68-69).
  • Placed fourth in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional with an 8-under 208.
  • Won his record-tying eighth tournament at The Calusa Cup (April 6), shooting a 5-under 211.
  • Has recorded par or lower in 27 of FSU’s 31 rounds played.
  • Finished as the Low Amateur at the 2020 U.S. Open held at Winged Foot Golf Club.
  • Only Metropolitan New York-area player to make the cut, and was the only amateur to make the cut.
  • Tied for 51st at the U.S. Open (+18).
  • Joins an illustrious list of low amateurs at the U.S. Open, including Jon Rahm (2016), Jordan Spieth (2012), Matt Kuchar (1998), Justin Leonard (1993), Phil Mickelson (1990 and 1991) and Fred Couples (1979).


Junior Season (2019-20):*

  • Led FSU in scoring average (69.40), Top-10 finishes (3) and wins in five tournaments played.
  • Ended the shortened season as the fourth-ranked collegiate golfer by the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.
  • Ended the shortened season as the 17th-ranked golfer according to Golfstat.
  • Earned his seventh tournament title, winning the Seminole Intercollegiate (11-under 205).
  • Won the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate, shooting 15-under (66-69-66)
  • Shot a team-best 9-under 207 (70-72-65) at the White Sands Intercollegiate.
  • Tied for 6th at the White Sands Intercollegiate.
  • Shot a 3-over 213 (70-71-72) at the OFCC/Fighting Illini Invite.
  • Tied for 14th at the OFCC/Fighting Illini Invite.


Sophomore Season (2018-19):

  • Established the single-year scoring average record at Florida State, shooting 69.56 as a sophomore.
  • Became just the third Seminole to earn first-team All-America honors by the GCAA and Golfweek in the same year (joins Daniel Berger in 2013 and Jonas Blixt in 2008).
  • Won four of his 11 events played this year, including seven Top-5 finishes and eight Top-10s.
  • Joins Seminole legends Nolan Henke and Christian Raynor as the only Seminoles to win 4+ tournaments in a year.
  • Won the 2019 ACC Championship, shooting a 13-under 203.
  • Recorded a -1.78 average score vs. par, ranking fifth nationally.
  • Ranked in the Top 10 nationally in par 3 scoring (seventh), lowest double bogeys per round (eighth), par 5 scoring (ninth), last round average (ninth) and low round (62 – 10th).
  • Top-10 golfer according to Golfstat (10th) and Golfweek (ninth).
  • 15 of his 32 rounds were in the 60s, including a stretch of 10 straight rounds over the course of four tournaments played.
  • Shot a season-opening 62 at the Rod Myers Invitational, tied for the second-lowest round in school history.
  • Had three final scores that were in the Top 8 in program history, highlighted by a 13-under 200 (66-69-65) at the challenging Valspar Collegiate Invitational (tied for third lowest).
  • Led Florida State in scoring average, low round, first-round average, last-round average, par 3 scoring, par 4 scoring, par 5 scoring, eagles and birdies.
  • Won back-to-back tournaments at the Sea Best Invitational (4-under 206) and the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate (11-under 133 thru two rounds).
  • Enjoyed runner-up finishes at The Valspar Collegiate Invitational (13-under 200) and the Irish Creek Intercollegiate (9-under 204).
  • Led the Seminoles in the Fall 2018 with a 71.11 scoring average.
  • Won his second career tournament at the Rod Myers Invitational, shooting 13-under to win by seven strokes.
  • Carded an opening round and tournament-record of 62 (-10) at the Rod Myers Invitational, tying for the second-lowest single-round score in program history.

Freshman Season (2017-18):

  • Enjoyed a decorated freshman campaign, becoming the program’s 31st All-American (PING Third-Team; Phil Mickelson Freshmen All-American) while also earning ACC Freshman of the Year and All-ACC honors.
  • Named to the PING! All-Southeast Region Team.
  • Led the Seminoles with a 70.49 scoring average in 12 tournaments played. His scoring average was the second-lowest in a full year in program history, only surpassed by Daniel Berger’s 69.79 average in 2012-13.
  • Ended his first year as the 23rd-ranked golfer in the nation according to Golfstat’s Division I player rankings.
  • Led the 2017-18 Seminoles in several other categories, including first-round average (72.17), last-round average (69.42), par 3 scoring (3.01), par 5 scoring (4.70), birdies (122) and pars per round (11.89).
  • 26 of his 35 rounds played were at par or less, while 16 of his 35 rounds were scored in the 60s.
  • Pak’s 26 rounds at par or less are a new program record, eclipsing Hank Lebioda’s 24 rounds in 2014-15.
  • Scored a single-round low six-under (66) in the second round of the Seminole Intercollegiate on Feb. 24.
  • Recorded his lone tournament win at the Seminole Intercollegiate, shooting an 8-under 208 at Golden Eagle Country Club.
  • Totaled nine Top 10 finishes and four Top 5 finishes.
  • Placed second at his first tournament in The Doc Gimmler on Sept. 9-10, 2017.
  • Shot under par in his first six collegiate rounds played.
  • Shot 5-under or lower in four different rounds, including the final round of the ACC Championship (-5 67), final round of the Valspar Collegiate (-5 66), the Doc Gimmler and the Seminole Intercollegiate.
  • His three-round aggregate score of 201 (-9) at The Doc Gimmler is the fourth-lowest in program history.

Before Florida State:

  • Ranked seventh in the 2017 signing class and 15th among all junior golfers according to Golfweek.
  • Named a Rolex Junior First Team All-American by the American Junior Golf Association, earning recognition as one of the world’s best junior golfers.
  • Top 100 WAGR ranking.
  • Second-place finish at the Terra Cotta Invitational on May 7, 2017 (73-72-71).
  • Finished fifth at the 2017 Polo Golf Junior Classic.
  • His 2015-16 season includes a second-place finish at the Rolex Tournament of Champions in Greensboro, Ga., carding a 1-under 279.
  • Has earned Top 10 finishes in other national events as well, tying for third at the 2016 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship and tying for seventh at the 2016 CB&I / Simplify Boys Championship.
  • Competed at one of junior golf’s most prestigious tournaments in the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club in Graniteville, S.C.
  • Tied for fifth at the 2015 Polo Golf Junior Classic.
  • Named a Rolex Junior Honorable Mention All-American in 2015.

All About Me:

  • Parents: Kwang and Michelle Pak.
  • Major: Social Science.
  • How did you fall in love with golf? When I started playing, I played with my three brothers and it was one of the things I enjoyed the most growing up.
  • Who is your favorite professional golfer? Tiger Woods.
  • What are some obstacles you’ve had to overcome? In high school I left my family in New Jersey and moved to Florida with my dad.
  • My favorite club in my bag is: 8 Iron. I use it on all of my drills.
  • Outside of golf, what are some of your passions in life? Watching basketball and football.
  • What is something many people don’t know about you? I was homeschooled my last three years of high school.
  • If you could pick one person to meet, who would it be and why? Tiger Woods.
  • What social media platform is your favorite and why? Instagram because it is easy to use.
  • What is the best advice you have ever received? No pain, no gain.
  • What is the single greatest lesson golf has taught you? Getting mad doesn’t get you anywhere.
  • What are the top things on your bucket list?
    • Play in the Majors.
    • Play Pine Valley.
  • If you could be any superhero, which one would you be? Batman because he is a genius and is super rich.
  • What makes Florida State University a great place? The support you get is incredible.
  • What is the biggest reason you chose FSU? It is one of the best golf programs in the country.
  • What is one topic outside of golf that you could have a long conversation about? NBA.
  • Up to this point, what’s the greatest thing that’s happened in your life? Winning an ACC title.

John Pak By The Numbers:

  • Round: 62 (Rod Myers Invitational, Fall 2018)
  • Tournament: 200 (Valspar Collegiate Invitational, Spring 2019)
  • Best Finish: 1st, 8 times (Seminole Intercollegiate, Spring 2018; Rod Myers Invitational, Fall 2018; Sea Best Invitational, Spring 2019; Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate, Spring 2019; ACC Championship, Spring 2019; Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate, Spring 2020; Seminole Intercollegiate, Spring 2020; Calusa Cup, Spring 2021)