Published on May 30, 2019

After success at NC State, Stephen Franken already has one pro golf paycheck in the books

You always remember your first paycheck.

For Stephen Franken, it came on Sunday after he finished 58th in the Canada Life Open in Vancouver.

“It wasn’t big but I made the cut,” Franken said.

Franken’s first earnings, $605 Canadian or about $450 U.S., in his first pro start are just the beginning of what he hopes to be a long pro career. His second pro start, and first on the Tour, will be closer to home. He grew up in Raleigh, went to high school at Millbrook and then was an All-ACC and All-American golfer for N.C. State.


Professional golfers from around the world travel to The Country Club at Wakefield Plantation every year to participate in the Tour’s REX Hospital Open and vie for their coveted PGA TOUR card. The tournament’s charitable efforts, coupled with its family and fan-friendly environment, attract thousands of golf fans each spring. In 2017 the Rex Healthcare Foundation was named Charity of the Year on the Tour for its community efforts. In the past 32 years, charity golf has raised more than $9 million for patients, programs and services at UNC REX Healthcare.