TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Junior John Pak and senior Jamie Li were named PING All-Americans as announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Pak’s selection to the second team makes him a three-time All-American with the Seminoles, joining FSU legend Nolan Henke as the only Seminoles to attain All-America honors in three different years. Pak’s seven career wins also trail only Henke’s eight victories on the FSU career list.
“I personally feel John should have been on the First Team,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said. “If we would have been given the opportunity to finish the season, John was headed to the Valspar and ACC Championship where he would have been a favorite to win. Either way, there is no shame in being on the second team. He has proven he is one of the top players in college golf and well-deserving of his honors.”
The Scotch Plains, N.J., native was selected as a Third Team All-American by the GCAA in 2018 and a First Team pick last year. In his shortened junior year, Pak was ranked as the fourth-best collegiate golfer according to the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.
In the 2019-20 year, Pak won his seventh collegiate tournament when we won the Seminole Intercollegiate. He shot an 11-under 205 and won the tournament by five strokes. He ended the year shooting under par in nine of his last 10 rounds played.
Li becomes the 32nd Seminole to earn All-America honors. The Bath, England, native made a noticeable improvement in each of his four years with FSU, culminating with his first All-America season as a senior. In 2019-20, Li recorded a career-low 70.39 scoring average.
“Jamie has made a great progression over the past two years and this is proof that he is becoming one of the top college players,” Jones added. “I look for Jamie to use this to validate his hard work and motivate him to be a First Team candidate next year.”
Li’s scoring average as a senior ranks as the fifth-lowest in a year by a Seminole. Included was a career-low -0.78 average vs. par in his six tournaments played, finishing in the Top 10 in three of those tournaments.
Two Top-5 finishes were recorded by Li this past year – both coming at premier tournaments. He tied for fourth at the Cabo Collegiate (5-under 208) and also tied for fourth at the Fighting Illini Invitational shooting even-par.
Florida State Men’s Golf has produced at least one All-American for the ninth consecutive year. The other FSU All-Americans from 2012 to the present include Brooks Koepka (2010 and 2012), Daniel Berger (2013), Chase Seiffert (2013), Jack Maguire (2014, 2015), Hank Lebioda (2015, 2016), Rowin Caron (2015), Harry Ellis (2017) and Cristobal Del Solar (2017).