MAMARONECK, NY — John Pak may be a senior on the Florida State golf team, but he's getting some experience on the PGA Tour, as he's playing in the U.S. Open for the first time this week.
Pak opened day one on a high note, finishing tied for 14th and shooting -1 in his first round of play. At just 21 years old, Pak is one of the youngest players in the field and is one of 13 amateurs competing.
He's the fourth Seminole since 2009 to play as an amateur in the U.S. Open, joining Drew Kittleson (2009), Jack Maguire (2015) and Harry Ellis (2018). COVID-19 forced the United States Golf Association to go a different route for amateurs this year, leaving seven spots for the top seven players based on the World Amateur Golf Rankings. Pak made the lofty cut by coming in at seventh in the final rankings.
Justin Thomas leads after day one, which was cut short due to darkness, at -5.