Pak ties FSU record with eighth tournament title

Florida State golfer John Pak has inched closer to history.

The senior from Scotch Plains, N.J., won his eighth tournament title as a Seminole, winning the Calusa Cup at Calusa Pines Golf Club in Naples, Fla.

Pak’s win at 5-under (70-74-67) ties him with Seminole legend Nolan Henke (1983-87) for the most tournament victories in program history. Pak has accomplished this feat despite having a majority of his spring season taken away in 2020 due to COVID-19.

“It means so much to me,” Pak said of his eighth win. “I’ve spent the last four years here in Tallahassee and it’s basically home to me. I’ve always wanted to leave a mark here when I finish school and I feel like this win really did that.”

Calusa Pines proved to be a mighty challenge for many golfers over the last three days, but Pak found a way to make a dent in the course on Tuesday. His final-round 67 tied for the lowest score of the day as he carved up the difficult course with six birdies. Pak shot a 32 on the front nine, which included three consecutive birdies on holes 6-8.

The all-time leader in lowest scoring average at Florida State will have his first opportunity to surpass Henke’s mark on April 23-26 at the ACC Championship at Capital City Club in Atlanta. Pak is the reigning ACC champion after shooting 13-under in 2019 (last year’s tournament was canceled).

The top-ranked Seminoles finished third at the Calusa Cup at 4-over (290-294-284). Second-ranked Oklahoma took home the tournament title as the only team that shot under par at 5-under (293-284-282).

FSU has managed to finish in the Top 3 in six of its seven tournaments played this spring season, including winning the Camp Creek Seminole Invitational, the Seminole Intercollegiate and the Valspar Collegiate.

Aside from Pak’s standout play, freshman Brett Roberts tied for fifth at 1-under overall (73-71-71). The finish is Roberts’ best of the season as he continues to emerge as one of FSU’s several talented young golfers whom will help the program now and into the future.

A final-round 69 by graduate transfer Vincent Norrman helped him tie for 12th overall at 1-over, moving him up eight spots on the day. Frederik Kjettrup tied for 29th at 10-over and Connor Futrell shot 15-over.