Pak Selected as Jack Nicklaus Award Semifinalist

FSU Athletics Communications

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ( – Florida State freshman men’s golfer John Pak is one of 30 Division I student-athletes selected as a Jack Nicklaus Award Semifinalist, announced on Tuesday by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

Pak has been Florida State’s course leader throughout the 2017-18 year, sitting atop the team in scoring average (70.50), final-round average (69.45), par 3 scoring (3.02), par 5 scoring (4.71) and birdies (111).

Pak is ranked 26th nationally by Golfstat, owning FSU’s low round of the year with a 5-under 65 in the final round at The Doc Gimmler in the team’s opening tournament this year. In 11 tournaments played, Pak owns eight Top 10 finishes, including a win at the Seminole Intercollegiate held Feb. 24-25 at Golden Eagle Country Club.

Division I finalists for the award will be named May 24. Nicklaus Award recipients will be announced May 31 with the honor presented by Jack Nicklaus at a ceremony during the final round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

In addition to receiving the Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award, the five recipients will compete in the Barbasol Shootout for an exemption into the PGA TOUR’s Barbasol Championship, held July 16-22, at the Champions at Keene Trace in Lexington, Ky.

The Barbasol Shootout will be held Saturday, June 2, at the storied Scioto Country Club in Columbus, Ohio – the same club where Jack Nicklaus first learned the game of golf as a young boy.

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