The Ben Franklin Academy Golf Program is designed to cater to the needs of students of all abilities, from complete beginners to scratch golfers.
The Ben Franklin Academy also fields a competitve Varsity Golf Team. We compete in Class 1A, Region 3, of the Georgia Independant School Association and offer opportunities for both male and female student athletes. The competitive season is in the Spring Semester and concludes with the Region 3 tournament in late April and the GISA 1A State Championships in May. Alumn James Kyles placed second overall at a seaon's Regional Tournament and represented BFA at the State Championships in Savannah. In 2005 the team was the regional champion and placed 8th overall statewide. In 2014 there were six golfers on the team, four of whom returned in 2015.
The golf team plays and practices at area public courses including the Grand Slam Driving Range, Bobby Jones GC, Heritage GC, Charlie Yates GC and Candler park Golf Course. For more information about playing golf at BFA, contact coach Riley Baxter.
BFA offers regular coaching and course outings for more advanced players. Coaching includes regular range practices, on-course instruction, video and computer based swing analysis, and playing opportunities at various courses in the Atlanta area. Head Coach Riley Baxter played NCAA Division 1 College Golf while at Savannah State. He has also completed in numerous GSGA championships. Prior to coming to BFA Coach Riley worked in the golf industry for six years passing the PGA Playing Ability Test which certified him to teach golf professionally.
BFA follows a no-cut policy for all sports teams and all interested students are encouraged and welcomed to pursue playing competitive tournament golf. GISA rules permit each team to compete with six golfers (up to 6 boys and up to 6 girls) with the top 4 scores counting for the overall team score. If fewer than 4 members of the team compete, golfers may still compete and qualify for individual honors. The competitive season begins in the spring and includes matches against other high schools and concludes with regional and state tournaments. Several former BFA students have gone on to become professional golfers competing and working in the golf industry.
Ben Franklin Academy does not provide student transportation to and from golf classes, matches, practices and other team gatherings. Parents will need to shuttle their student athletes back and forth from home or school to golf activities. Student athletes and parents may carpool with other students and parents.