Category: Player (Amateur and Professional)
Success on the golf course came early for Brent Franklin who captured a number of Canada’s premiere golf championships over a six-year span. In 1983 and 1984, Franklin won the Canadian Junior title. These victories would bring Franklin’s talent to the forefront, eventually prompting Brigham Young University to recruit Franklin for their golf team. Over the next three years, Franklin would tie George S. Lyon as the only competitors to win three consecutive Canadian Amateur Championships. He would also represent Canada on the winning 1986 World Amateur Team with teammates Warren Sye, Jack Kay Jr. and Mark Brewer. In 1988 – his first year as a professional – Franklin would win the Canadian PGA Championship, defeating veteran tour pro Dave Barr. The following year, Franklin would also win the Blue Light Pro-Am. After being struck by a car while jogging in 1990, Franklin continued to play on the Japanese Tour, however, his success on the course would end as he tried to work his way back from the accident. Although Franklin has retired from competitive golf, his love for the game has brought him to coaching at the University of Colorado.
Other Items of Note:
1984 British Columbia Junior Athlete-of-the-Year
SCORE Award for Top Male Junior Golfer: 1983 and 1984
1988 Canadian Tour Rookie-of-the-Year
1987 SCORE Award for Top Male Amateur Golfer
Inducted to PGA of Canada Hall of Fame in 2014
Inducted to BC Golf Hall of Fame in 2017
Photos of Brent Franklin from our collection.