Florida State Men’s Golf’s John Pak has the honor of debuting at No. 1 in the first-ever PGA TOUR University Rankings, announced by the tour on Wednesday.
PGA TOUR University announced its inaugural top-15 Ranking this morning as part of a two-day rollout on GOLF Channel’s Golf Central and Morning Drive shows.
On June 1, the creation of PGA TOUR University was announced to reward elite collegiate play by allowing access to the different professional tours under the PGA TOUR umbrella (Korn Ferry Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR Series – China).
“When I first heard that I was No. 1, I was a little bit shocked as I thought it was going to be someone else,” said Pak. “But for me to be the first one to top the Ranking is awesome and it shows that a lot of hard work is paying off.”
Pak’s debut atop the Rankings comes as no surprise, as he has proven to be one of the top collegiate golfers nationally over the last three years. His seven collegiate wins, which could have included more had the 2020 spring season not been cut short, rank second all-time at FSU.
This past year, the Scotch Plains, N.J., native led FSU with a 69.40 scoring average. Despite FSU’s rich history of golf, Pak holds the top two single-year scoring averages in program history, which included a 69.56 average in the 2018-19 year.
“I think this is so good for college golf – it’s something that will make guys stay in college. I was always planning to stay at Florida State for four years, but this definitely helped,” Pak said. “This program provides a lot more incentive to a lot of people, and it’s cool to think you can get guaranteed starts on the Korn Ferry or International Tours.”
Pak won two more tournaments as a junior when he ran away from the Seminole Intercollegiate field with an 11-under 205, and also won the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate by shooting 15-under. His all-time scoring average of 69.93 makes him the lone Seminole to hold a career average under 70.
Arizona State’s Chun An “Kevin” Yu debuted at No. 2 in the Ranking, followed by Austin Eckroat (Oklahoma State), Davis Thompson (Georgia) and Sandy Scott (Texas Tech).
“We have spent a lot of time developing PGA TOUR University alongside golf’s governing bodies, and to see our inaugural Ranking come to fruition is truly exciting,” said the PGA TOUR’s Brendan von Doehren. “The goal all along has been to ease the transition from collegiate golf into the pro ranks for the top four-year players, and this program allows us to achieve that. College golf creates a tremendous amount of tournament drama for both teams and individuals, and it will be fun to watch the game’s rising stars compete to be part of our Class of 2021 next June.”
The eligibility for each respective Tour will begin the week following the conclusion of the NCAA Men’s Division I Golf Championship. The 2021 NCAA Men’s Championship is scheduled to be held at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., from May 28 – June 2. Players eligible for the PGA TOUR University Ranking List will be NCAA Division I golfers who complete a minimum of four years in college.
The PGA TOUR partnered with the World Amateur Golf Ranking® (WAGR®), which is administered by The R&A and the USGA, to create the PGA TOUR University Ranking List. The WAGR system ranks the top amateurs on the basis of their average performance in counting events on a rolling cycle over the previous 104 weeks. The list will be filtered to include those players and results meeting the PGA TOUR University eligibility criteria.
Events which will count towards the Official PGA TOUR University Ranking List include NCAA Division I Men’s Golf events and official PGA TOUR events, including the Masters, U.S. Open and The Open Championship.