May 15, 2003
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming head men's golf coach Joe Jensen announced on Thursday the signing of Jeff Franks of Steamboat Springs, Colo., to a national letter of intent.
Franks is a 5-11, 165-pound high school senior at Steamboat Springs High School in Steamboat Springs, Colo. He earned All-Conference honors in golf as both a junior and senior in high school, and was also selected as his team's captain his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. For the past two years, he has been ranked among the Top Five junior players in the state of Colorado, and was ranked among the Top 500 junior players in the nation. His high school golf coach was Jason Deigert.
A multi-sport athlete at Steamboat Springs, Franks was a four-year letterman in golf, lettered three years in baseball, earned two varsity letters in football and was a letterman in hockey this past season, which was the inaugural year of the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team. As a hockey player, he was an All-Conference selection as a senior. He led his hockey team in points, and was ranked among the Top 20 individuals at his AA Hockey Regional Evaluation Camp. Franks also was elected a co-captain of both his high school football and hockey teams as a senior.
"Jeff (Franks) is an outstanding all-around athlete, and is a fierce competitor," said UW men's golf coach Joe Jensen. "He understands what it takes to compete and be successful. He is the son of a golf professional (Hank Franks), and is a mentally tough young man.
"I also feel that Jeff has a big upside. He is a good ball striker, and he has had success at the high school and junior level. But I believe he can still improve and refine his game. Jeff is a confident young man. He has the confidence and ability to become a very good college player."
Franks is the son of Wendy and Hank Franks. He plans on studying business management or marketing at the University of Wyoming.