TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Men’s Golf rising senior John Pak has checked off another accomplishment on his long list, qualifying as an amateur for the 2020 U.S. Open held at Winged Foot Golf Club. The major will be played Sept. 17-20 in Mamaroneck, N.Y.
Pak becomes the fourth Seminole since 2009 to play as an amateur in the U.S. Open, joining Drew Kittleson (2009), Jack Maguire (2015) and Harry Ellis (2018).
“I am so happy for John,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said. “This is a great reward for his hard work and sacrifices. He has earned this opportunity as one of the top amateur golfers in the world, and it is a life-changing experience. This is another big step and opportunity that he will remember forever.”
COVID-19 forced the United States Golf Association to go a different route for amateurs this year, leaving seven spots for the top seven players based on the World Amateur Golf Rankings. Pak made the lofty cut by coming in at seventh in the final rankings.
The Scotch Plains, N.J., native grew up just over an hour away from Winged Foot Golf Club, which is known as one of the toughest tests in golf. Of the five previous U.S. Opens it has hosted, the winner has finished over par four times. The last major it hosted was the 2006 U.S. Open when Geoff Ogilvy won at 5-over.
Pak had the honor of opening up at No. 1 in the inaugural PGA TOUR University rankings announced last month. He returns as arguably the top collegiate golfer for the 2021 season.
Also among the U.S. Open field is two-time winner Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger, both prominent FSU Alumni.
The US Open will air exclusively on The Golf Channel as well as NBC.