SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Although he didn't win the tournament and was back in the pack when the tournament ended, Scotch Plains native John Pak left Winged Foot Golf Club with some impressive hardware.

The former Raider fired a final-round 74 and finished 18-over par at the 2020 U.S. Open and was the only golfer among the 13 amateurs competing who was able to make the cut. He was honored in the post-tournament ceremony with a silver medal as the low amateur by being 5-over through the first two rounds.

Pak, the only Metropolitan New York-area player to make the cut, secured his first eagle at a major on Sunday when he sunk a 13-foot putt on the par-4 sixth hole. During the ceremony, 2020 U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau congratulated Pak on his play.  

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“It puts a lot of things into perspective,” Pak said following his final-round press conference when asked about his low amateur championship. “I’ve never played in anything like this – a golf course this hard, the competition this tough. It just proves that all this hard work I’ve done is finally paying off. It shows my game is at a point where I can try and compete against the best players in the world.”

"My parents got to see me play some good golf at some of the toughest conditions I've ever played in my life. To have them get out and watch it, that was really special," Pak said. "They've been my biggest supporters my whole life."

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