Making Hay

Franks sets new course record at Haymaker Golf Course

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— Jeff Franks was having so much fun Friday that he almost forgot about his score.

Almost.

But on Friday, Franks' score of 63 made him the record holder for the lowest round ever shot on the 18-hole Haymaker Golf Course.

"It's hard to believe that I shot a 63," Franks said Monday. "I wasn't totally surprised when I added up my score, but I'm glad that I could set the course record before I left for college. It's been a goal for the last six years."

Franks' record-setting round came during last week's West Chapter Pro-Am Golf Tournament.

The old record was set in 2000 during the Colorado Golf Association's Mid-America Amateur when Denver-area golfer Rick DeWitt shot a round of 67.

Franks' round, which is nine strokes under par, helped him win the amateur division at last Friday's tournament. It also eclipsed his previous best of 69.

The tournament featured a field of 21 top professional and 63 amateur players.

Steve Satterstrom, from Eagle Ranch Golf Course, won the pro division with a 1-under-par round of 71.

Franks said getting the record score is nice, but he's just happy to be playing solid golf as he looks forward to beginning college play this fall.

"I wouldn't be upset if somebody broke my record tomorrow," Franks said. "When they break it I will be happy for them, because it means they played a pretty good round of golf."

In addition to winning the individual amateur title, Franks was also part of the four-person squad that won the team event. Dave Keesee, P.J. Zenewicz and Andy Keyek rounded out that team.

For Franks, the tournament was the perfect filler for more important national events this month.

On Monday, he qualified to play in the Colorado Men's Golf Association's annual match-play tournament, which will be held at the Bear Creek Golf Course on Monday.

He is also scheduled to play in major tournaments in Chicago, New Orleans and Michigan this month.

This fall, Franks will begin his colligate golfing career when he tees off for the University of Wyoming golf team.

"I'm pretty motivated right now," Franks said. "I think I've stepped my game up a level this summer and I should be ready for the college game."

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