Wednesday, September 15, 2004
When he won at the Air Force Academy earlier this month, University of Wyoming golfer Jeff Franks felt the best he has in some time.
Franks, who graduated from Steamboat Springs High School in 2003, picked up the first college victory of his career Saturday at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational.
"I had a pretty good idea I had won the tournament when I walked off the course," Franks said. "It was awesome."
Franks, who was playing unattached in the tournament, shot a final round of even-par 71, to finish 4-under for the tournament.
Franks posted rounds of 68 and 70 on Friday and then secured the victory the final day.
Bryan Manning of Grand Canyon University placed second with rounds of 72, 71 and 69. Kenny Ebalo of Southern Utah University placed third with efforts of 73, 69 and 72.
"The game is a lot different at the college level," Franks said. "The ability of the players is a lot better -- everybody is a step up from high school."
Franks said it has taken some time to adjust to the college level, but he is starting to feel more comfortable with his game and is optimistic about winning more tournaments in the future.
Southern Utah won the team title in Colorado Springs, followed by Boise State in second and Grand Canyon in third.
The University of Wyoming, which did not use Franks' score, finished in a tie for fourth with Utah.
Franks played poorly in his team's qualifier and got to play in the tournament as the Cowboy's No. 6 golfer. Some teams would have left him at home, but coach Joe Jensen took Franks with him for the experience.
The Cowboys are scheduled to travel to Louisville, Ky., on Sept. 25.
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