December 16, 1965 |
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||79 kg (174 lb; 12.4 st)|
|College||Brigham Young University|
|Former tour(s)||Canadian Tour
Japan Golf Tour
|Achievements and awards|
Hall of Fame
Life and career
Franklin was born in Barrie, Ontario. He was coached in golf by Jack McLaughlin as a youth, and first came to prominence when he won the 1981 Vancouver City Match Play Championship as a 15-year-old amateur, to become the youngest champion ever in that event. The tournament is open to all professionals and top amateurs in the Lower Mainland region.
Franklin then won three straight Canadian Amateur Championships, from 1985 to 1987. He was a member of the Canadian team which won the 1986 Eisenhower Trophy, the World Amateur Team Championship, in Venezuela, along with Warren Sye, Jack Kay Jr., and Mark Brewer.
Franklin earned three All-American selections in golf at BYU: 1985 Honorable Mention, 1986 First Team, and 1987 Second Team.
Franklin turned professional, and won the 1988 Canadian PGA Championship. That gave him a national championship in Canada at ever-rising levels for seven consecutive seasons. He was selected as Rookie of the Year on the 1988 Canadian Professional Golf Tour, and many thought he would become the next Canadian star on the PGA Tour.
Franklin then moved to the Japan Golf Tour for several years, and posted several strong finishes, including four runner-up results, earning very good prize money. He played 112 Japanese events between 1989 and 1995, and won a total of ¥140,307,935. He did not win a tournament. He lost a playoff to Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki at the 1992 Dunlop Open.
Franklin's world ranking peaked at #124 at the end of the 1992 season.
Franklin was planning to move to the PGA Tour after 1995. But, when cycling in Vancouver, he was hit by a transport truck, and was seriously injured. Franklin was able to recover, and for a time played on the Canadian Professional Golf Tour, trying to regain his earlier form, but was never able to approach the level he had shown earlier.
Franklin currently works as a club professional in Colorado.
- 1983 Canadian Junior Amateur, British Columbia Junior Boys, Vancouver and District Junior, Vancouver Match Play
- 1984 Canadian Junior Amateur, British Columbia Junior Boys
- 1985 Canadian Amateur Championship, Alberta Amateur
- 1986 Canadian Amateur Championship
- 1987 Canadian Amateur Championship
this list may be incomplete
- Eisenhower Trophy (representing Canada): 1986 (winners)