It doesn't make sense geographically, but Steve Franklin traveled southeast to take the head pro job at Dunes West.
The long-time, Augusta-area assistant pro started work last week at the Mt. Pleasant, S.C., course.
The five-year-old, semi-private Dunes West course was designed by Arthur Hills, the man who also created the Cedar Creek Golf Club in Aiken.
Franklin, 36, had been an assistant pro in the area for 15 years, the first 10 at Goshen Plantation in Augusta. He had been at Houndslake Country Club in Aiken for the last five years. At both clubs, Franklin worked under his father, head pro Dave Franklin.
"It was tough leaving Dad; he's been a good boss," Steve Franklin said.
Steve Franklin earned his PGA of America Class A card four years ago. Since then, he'd been on eight job interviews seeking a head pro job.
"I finally landed that elusive job," Franklin said. "It's something all guys like myself, being an assistant, would like to have. The good thing about this job is it's close to home and friends and family."
Franklin has three assistant pros under his direction at Dunes West, which averages 40,000 rounds a year.
"What a nice layout it is," Franklin said. "It looks a lot like Jones Creek and Cedar Creek, but it's flat. There is water or marshland on 13 holes."
GROWING YOUNGER: The age qualification for the inaugural Midland Valley Senior Invitational has been reduced from 55-over to 50-over. The tournament, scheduled for Sept. 8-9, is something of a revival of the CSRA Seniors tournament, which ran from 1981 to 1993 at the Forest Hills Golf Club. The CSRA Seniors was for golfers 50-over.
Originally, the 55-over age limit for the Midland Valley tournament was instituted to follow United States Golf Association guidelines. The Senior PGA Tour and most other senior events, however, are for golfers 50-over.
"We dropped the age limit to 50 because it seems like that's what everybody does in senior tournaments," said Danny Williams, one of the tournament directors.
Entry fee of $130 covers green fees and cart fee, as well as one practice round (cart not included). Entry forms can be picked up at area golf courses. For more information, call Midland Valley at (803) 663-7332.
SENIOR OPEN: The inaugural Pointe South/Sandy's IGA Senior Open will be held Sept. 15-16 at Pointe South Golf Club on Highway 25 South in Hephzibah. The 36-hole stroke play tournament, which is an official Georgia PGA event, is open to pros and amateur ages 50-over. If there is a full field of 128, the total purse will be $12,000. Entry fee of $100 covers green fees and cart for the tournament rounds and a practice round (cart not included). To sign up, call Pointe South at 592-2222.
AUGUSTA GOLF COURSE: Troy Palmer aced the 14th hole with a 6-iron shot. The witnesses were Vic Hankerson and Ed Damon.
Wesley Carter, age 13, aced the 10th hole with a 6-iron shot. The witnesses were Donnie Carter, Matt Phares and Monty Phares.
Lee Heiselman aced the 14th hole. The witness was David Garrett.
CEDAR CREEK: George O'Connell aced the 143-yard eighth hole with a 4-iron shot. The witnesses were Dave Nessler, Terry House and Leon Ray.
Reese McCarthy aced the 100-yard fifth hole with a sand wedge shot. The witnesses were Al Fortney and Reid Dearman.
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