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John Pak

John's Profile

(Updated March 2020)
Scotch Plains, N.J.
high school
Scotch Plains-Fanwood

Career Honors:

  • Owns seven collegiate wins (second all-time at FSU).
  • 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).
  • 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).

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, 7 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)