FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 12, 2020) — The Ben Hogan Trophy Award Foundation has announced that Florida State senior John Pak has been voted the Ben Hogan Award September Golfer of the Month.
Pak, listed fifth in the World Amateur Golf Rankings and No. 8 in the Scratch Players World Amateur Rankings, earned Low Amateur honors at the 2020 U.S. Open at venerable Winged Foot Golf Club. Pak finished in a share of 51st place with a four-round 298 (+18), besting such players as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Collin Morikawa, Justin Rose and Jordan Spieth.
A product of Scotch Plains, N.J., Pak was one of 13 amateurs in the major championship field, and the only one who made the cut. His score of 145 (+5) over the first two rounds was highlighted by an opening-round 1-under 69.
Pak, who previously was a finalist for the February Golfer of the Month honor, is a first-time honoree. He becomes the sixth winner from the ACC in the 10 months since the monthly award began.
The monthly honor counts any college, amateur or professional event completed during the month. Winning a monthly award is not a prerequisite to be named a Ben Hogan Award semifinalist, finalist or winner.
Fifteen total ballots were cast, with 12 coming from members of the Hogan Trophy Award Foundation and Friends of Golf and three social media fan ballots. Those votes were issued to the top vote getter on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Pak won the Instagram vote, while McAllister collected the votes on both Twitter and Facebook.
The Ben Hogan Award is awarded annually to the top men’s college golfer taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions over the previous 12 months. The Ben Hogan Trophy was first issued by the Friends of Golf at Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles in 1990. In 2002, the Ben Hogan Award moved to Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, and revised its criteria to its current standard of honoring the outstanding amateur and collegiate golfer.
Ben Hogan Award Golfers of the Month
August 2019 – Andy Ogletree, Georgia Tech
September 2019 – Cooper Dossey, Baylor
October 2019 – Chris Gotterup, Rutgers & Peter Kuest, BYU
November 2019 – Parker Gillam, Wake Forest
December 2019 – Noah Norton, Georgia Tech
January 2020 – Sahith Theegala, Pepperdine
February 2020 – Ricky Castillo, Florida
July 2020 – Tyler Strafaci, Georgia Tech
August 2020 – Tyler Strafaci, Georgia Tech
September 2020 – John Pak, Florida State