2018 Tournament Participant Profile

Stephen Franken NC State


2017-18 (Junior): ACC Player of the Year … ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year … GCAA and Golfweek Second-Team All-American … All-ACCACC Honor Roll … ACC All-Academic Team … Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar … PING All-Region East Team selection … Finished season with stroke average of 70.56 in 36 rounds played … Season stroke average was second lowest in program history … Led program in stroke average for third consecutive season … Tied program-record for low round with 62 in first round of Puerto Rico Classic in February … Tied program-record for 54-hole score related to par with score of -15 (201) in October in winning the Wolfpack Intercollegiate … In 12 tournaments, finished in the top-10 eight times, the top-five six times and won once … 54-hole score was under par in 10 of 12 tournaments … In 36 rounds for the Pack, only once (third round of Stitch Intercollegiate) was his score dropped from the team’s total for the round … Was the top NC State finisher in six tournaments … Was the second-highest NC State finisher in the other six tournaments … Shot par or better in 24 of 36 rounds … Accounted for seven of the 10 rounds where an NC State golfer shot 67 or lower … Place seventh or better in six consecutive tournaments during one stretch of the season … Opened season with a score of 223 (+10) to finish in a tie for 18th place out of 90 competitors at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate in September … 18th place finish was the lowest of Franken’s season until season-ending NCAA Championship … Finished in fourth place out of 75 golfers at the Golfweek Conference Challenge with a score of 210 (-6) to help NC State win the team title … Led NC State to second consecutive tournament title by claiming medalist honors at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate … Won tournament by eight shots with a program record score of 15-under-par (201) … Closed fall season with a three-round score of 201 (-1) to finish in a tie for 3rd out of 76 golfers … Opened spring season by shooting a program-record 62 in first round of Puerto Rico Classic … Finished in a tie for 3rd place out of 75 competitors … Shot a three-round score of 213 (-3) to finish in a tie for 7th place out of 84 competitors at the General Hackler Championship … Shot his second-best 54-hole score related to par (-11) at the Chris Schenkel Invitational to finish in a tie for 2nd out of 84 golfers … Finished in a tie for 14th out of 75 competitors with a score of 213 (-3) at the Hootie Intercollegiate at Bulls Bay … Finished in a tie for 16th place out of 68 golfers at the Stitch Intercollegiate with a score of -3 … Helped the Pack qualify for the NCAA Championship by shooting a 204 (-9) to place in a tie for 5th out of 75 golfers at the NCAA Regional.

2016-17 (Sophomore): ACC Honor Roll … Dean’s List fall 2016 … PING All-Region Team … All-ACC Team … All-ACC Academic Team … Competed in all 12 tournaments and 34 rounds of the season … Finished first on the team in stroke average at 71.17 strokes per round (fourth lowest in program history) … Recorded eight top-20 finishes and six top-10 results … Finished third at the Bridgestone Intercollegiate (207, -9) … Placed fourth at the Hootie at Bulls Bay (208, -8) … Tied for fifth at the ACC Championship (212, -4) … Tied for 45th at the NCAA Austin Regional (222, +9) … Led the team with 21 of his 34 rounds (.617) being under or at par … Ranked third on the team with 32 (.914) of his rounds counting towards the team’s score at official tournaments … During the middle of the season, finished within the top 19 of a tournament field at eight consecutive tournaments … Was NC State’s top finisher in five of 12 tournaments … Season low round was a 66 and best 54-hole score was a 207.

Freshman (2015-16): All-ACC Academic Team … PING All-Region East Team … Played in 11 of 13 tournaments, leading the team with a 71.8 stroke average per 18 holes … Earned seven finishes in the top 20 of tournament fields and two within the top 10 … Best finish of the season was a third-place result (205, -8) at the Wolfpack Spring Intercollegiate … In just his second collegiate tournament, placed fourth (207, -9) at the Quail Valley Invitational … Best round of the season was a 66 (-6), achieved at the Schenkel Invitational … Best 54-hole score of the season was a 205 (-8), achieved at the Wolfpack Spring Intercollegiate … 19 of his 32 rounds were shot at or under par … 29 of his 32 rounds counted towards the team score.

Prior to NC State: Ranked 57th in the country by the American Junior Golf Association … 2014 Raleigh News & Observer Male Golfer of the Year … 2014 Southern Junior Championship runner up … 2014 NCHSAA 4A State Championship runner up … Earned a spot on the North Carolina All-State Teams in 2013 and 2014.