Athlete of the Week Archive

April 1, 2006


Jeff Franks

How long have you been golfing competitively?
"Probably ever since I was six or seven, playing in par three tournaments."

How much did your father (Hank Franks, golf pro Steamboat Springs, CO) help with your golf game growing up?
"He's probably been the biggest influence in my golf career. I used to spend day and night on the golf courses when he was a head pro and I was growing up. He has been the only person I have ever truly trusted with my golf game, not only because he knows my swing better than anyone, but also because he is my best friend. My mom however, deals with all the putting! I have been very lucky to have the opportunities that my dad and family have given me. "

Is it hard for you to stay caught up on all of your school work with all of the class you miss traveling to golf tournaments?
"It has been one of the toughest tasks that I have ever had to deal with. We miss four out of every seven days a week for six weeks during the fall and seven weeks during the spring. We have very limited time to study on the road, so the three days we are back has to cover at least seven days of school. It has been a true mental test, but has helped me grow up and become more independent and organized."

What's it like dealing with the Wyoming weather and not always being able to practice outdoors?
"Dealing with this weather is really nothing new for me, since I only had five months of summer when I was growing up in Steamboat Springs. The thing that is frustrating is having a good weather day, but walking outside and the wind will be blowing. My golf swing will always be there, it is just the little quirks such as putting, and short irons that take a little time to get back to normal."

You have improved every year of your career at UW; what do you attribute that to and what are your expectations for the future?
"The only thing I can say is just experience. The more college events you play in, the more comfortable you become. It has also helped to play such a great schedule, in so many different states, giving me more opportunities than I ever expected. It also helps when you have such great teammates and coaches that are always there for you, helping you become a better golfer, but more importantly a better person."

What superstitions (if any) do you have?
"I am really not that superstitious at all. I do feel that I have to be completely stretched out and comfortable with my golf swing before stepping on the course. I sometimes change the markings on my golf ball if I really feel a change might give a boost to an off day."

Which competition are you looking forward to the most this season?
"Either the BYU event or the Mountain West Conference Championships in Oregon. They have some of the best teams we will see all year, along with my two favorite golf courses that we play. Also with the way our team is playing, we have to opportunity to make a run at regional's."

What are your plans after college?
"I'm going to try and make money playing golf."