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Many nice gamers have come by way of the Florida State males’s golf program through the years. No one has received greater than John Pak.
The Seminoles senior captured the person title Tuesday on the Calusa Cup in Naples, Florida, to tie the college all-time wins file. Pak’s eighth profession victory equals the New Jersey native with former Florida State legend Nolan Henke, who performed for the Seminoles in 1983-87.
“When I came to Florida State, I wanted to leave a mark here,” Pak advised GolfChannel.com on Tuesday. “I want to be known as one of the best to ever play at Florida State, alongside Brooks Koepka and other guys. I’ve always set [breaking the school wins record] as one of my individual goals. I have these last three events circled on my calendar to get at least one more win.”
Florida State’s subsequent occasion is the ACC Championship later this month, adopted by regionals and probably the NCAA Championship. While he’s been one of many prime gamers in faculty golf for every of the previous three seasons, Pak has but to compete at nationals. Florida State completed sixth at regionals in each Pak’s freshman and sophomore seasons, and final yr’s postseason was canceled due to the pandemic.
This final likelihood for Pak appears to be pretty much as good as ever. Pak, along with his six top-10s in seven begins, is arguably the frontrunner proper now for the Haskins Award, given to the boys’s participant of the yr, and he’s ranked No. 1 by Golfstat. He is coming off incomes low newbie honors final fall on the U.S. Open. He additionally starred for the U.S. Walker Cup workforce two years in the past at Royal Liverpool, going 3-0, and can play a second Cup subsequent month at Seminole, the place his complete household – dad and mom and 4 older siblings – will watch him for the primary time as a gaggle.
They’ll see a participant who entered faculty as an AJGA All-American and has nonetheless vastly improved, particularly along with his wedges. Pak, who’s ranked No. 1 within the PGA Tour University rankings, mentioned he arrived on campus not realizing methods to correctly flight his photographs from round 100 yards and in. Now, with assist from Seminoles head coach Trey Jones, he can hit all 4 wedges 100 yards, with totally different trajectories and shapes.
“One thing Coach Jones always loves to talk about is how bad of a wedge player I was when I got here and then how much I’ve improved and how great a wedge player I am now,” Pak mentioned.
Add that to his stellar precision sport tee to inexperienced and it’s no surprise Pak is without doubt one of the most dominant amateurs on the market. In Tuesday’s closing spherical in Naples, Pak shot 5-under 67 with none of his six birdie putts coming from exterior of 6 toes.
“He’s like a really good 3-point shooter in the NBA, like a J.J. Redick or Steph Curry,” Jones mentioned some time again. “When those guys get it going, it feels like they’re going to make every shot. John’s the same way. When he gets it dialed in, he’s one of those guys who can stick it to 4 feet again and again.”
Florida State, in the meantime, is on the shortlist of national-title favorites, presently ranked second by Golfstat, simply behind Oklahoma, which received the workforce title at Calusa Pines by eight photographs over Georgia Tech. The Seminoles had been third as freshman Brett Roberts added a T-5 end, his fifth exhibiting off T-11 or higher this season. Roberts and fellow newcomer Frederik Kjettrup, who practically received the Valspar Collegiate final month earlier than tying for second, have boosted the profile of this yr. So, too, has switch Connor Futrell. But no addition has meant extra to Florida State than switch Vincent Norrman, who arrived in Tallahassee this season from Georgia Southwestern, the place he was the top-ranked participant in Division II final yr.
Norrman has cooled off of late, however he began the spring with three finishes of T-7 or higher, together with a win, in his first 4 begins for the Seminoles.
“Having a guy like Vincent around, he’s one of the best ball-strikers I know,” Pak mentioned, “and he just pushes me and everyone else on the team to be better.”
And it’s exhibiting. Pak’s efficiency this spring has been spectacular. And he’s probably not finished but.
Sorry, Mr. Henke.
Without Eckroat, Cowboys win second straight
No Austin Eckroat, no downside.
Oklahoma State was without its senior standout final weekend on the Augusta Haskins Award Invitational, but the Cowboys rallied from 9 photographs again getting into the ultimate spherical to clip Pepperdine by two photographs Sunday at Forest Hills. It was Oklahoma State’s third win of the season and second straight this spring.
Sophomore Eugenio Chacarra, a Wake Forest switch, notched his fourth top-3 end of the season, inserting solo third behind co-medalists Ryan Hall of South Carolina and Dylan Menante of Pepperdine (Hall received in a playoff). Sophomore Aman Gupta completed fourth, his third straight occasion inside the highest 10. Freshman Jonas Baumgartner added a T-8 exhibiting.
Eckroat, in the meantime, teed it up within the Valero Texas Open, lacking the reduce.
“It’s great for both sides,” Bratton mentioned. “Coming into this year, Austin is obviously our leader – and he’s a great leader – and he can feel a lot of weight on his shoulders, feeling like he has to shoulder too much of the lead. So, for him to see our guys step up and be able to perform – they’ve already started to show him that through the year – but it’s more confidence for him to know those guys have his back. And then for those guys, it’s great for them to see that without their leader they were ready to step up and run down some good teams. Good all the way around.”
Bratton recalled previous seasons within the final decade the place prime gamers resembling Viktor Hovland and Peter Uihlein missed tournaments to make PGA Tour begins and the Cowboys managed to win these occasions, too.
“Maybe we should just leave our best player at home,” Bratton joked. “But no chance, we’re a better team with Austin in the lineup and we’re thankful we’ll have him back next week in Arizona.”
For extra on Oklahoma State’s win and from Bratton, take a look at the most recent episode of College Golf Talk.
PGA Tour U replace
Pak should still have a snug lead and the highest 10 could not have modified within the newest PGA Tour University rankings, however there’s a new arrival within the prime 15.
North Carolina State senior Ben Shipp, contemporary off two straight victories, has rocketed to No. 15, enhancing 16 spots for the reason that begin of his successful streak.
While Eckroat and SMU’s Mac Meissner missed the reduce final Friday on the Valero Texas Open, they may nonetheless get sufficient factors to make upward strikes. Texas Tech’s Sandy Scott stays out with a wrist damage, although he did make the GB&I Walker Cup workforce, so he seems on the verge of returning.
Here’s the present prime 15:
1. John Pak, Florida State . . . 1305.69
2. Garett Reband, Oklahoma . . . 1152.04
3. Davis Thompson, Georgia . . . 1135.80
4. Chun An Yu, Arizona State . . . 1128.53
5. Austin Eckroat, Oklahoma State . . . 1120.29
6. Sandy Scott, Texas Tech . . . 1113.62
7. Noah Goodwin, SMU . . . 1071.55
8. McClure Meissner, SMU . . . 1064.14
9. Trevor Werbylo, Arizona . . . 1035.81
10. Quade Cummins, Oklahoma . . . 1015.84
11. Michael Feagles, Illinois . . . 987.31
12. Devon Bling, UCLA . . . 979.09
13. Jovan Rebula, Auburn . . . 972.71
14. Angus Flanagan, Minnesota . . . 967.68
15. Benjamin Shipp, N.C. State . . . 957.06
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