Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

May 27, 2013

Franks becomes first Lady Jaguar golfer to ink with 4-year school

Top JC women's player headed to Arkansas-Fort Smith

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — One can call Molly Franks many things...a fine student-athlete, an adept golfer and now a history maker.

The Sherman, Texas sophomore recently became the first female golfer at Jacksonville College to have earned a scholarship to play at a four-year school.

The Lady Jaguars, who are members of NJCAA Region XIV, recently completed their inaugural season of women's golf by finishing in the top 20 in the nation, after earning a spot in the NJCAA Women's Golf Championships, which took place in Tucson, Arizona in early May.

According to JC head golf coach, Lynn Nabi, Franks has received a full-ride scholarship to attend the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith beginning in the fall.

USFA competes in NCAA Division II and is a member of the Heartland Conference.

The Lady Lions are coached by Mark Curlett, who has led the UAFS program for the past eight seasons.

“We are extremely proud of Molly's accomplishment and for all that she was able to do this year,” Nabi said. “Molly has made history here by being the first woman from Jacksonville College to sign with a four-year college and we are excited for her.”

Franks, the daughter of Roy and Yolanda Franks and a graduate of Sherman High School, transferred to JC after playing at Western Texas College her freshman year.