WILLIAM FARR FRANTZ II died on March 25, 2017, in San Luis Obispo, California, at the age of 64. Will was born on December 27, 1952, in Huntington, West Virginia. He graduated from Huntington High School and attended Marshall University, gaining notoriety as a junior and collegiate golfer. He moved to Florida in 1970 and became a member of the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) four years later. Throughout his successful career, he excelled as a club professional. As a member of the North Florida PGA, he was named Teacher of the Year three times and served members as a club professional for 45 years. He began as an Assistant Pro at Point O'Woods Country Club (Benton Harbor, Michigan) and became Head Pro at Kalamazoo Elks, C.C. (Michigan) in 1979. He then moved to Sarasota, Florida, and became Head Pro at Palm Aire Country Club in 1981. He continued as Director of Golf there through 1992. He opened the Country Club of Ocala (Florida) in 1993, traveled to Venice Golf and Country Club (Florida, 1998) and then to Bobcat Trail Golf Club (North Port, Florida, 2000). In 2007, he moved west to Scottsdale, Arizona, as Supervisor of Instruction at PGA Tour Superstore (2007-2014) and then helped open the Orlando, Florida, PGA Tour Superstore and continued there until his retirement in 2017. He will be remembered fondly by the many golfers and members he connected with over his career, as well as by the many amateurs and professionals he mentored and supported over the decades. While Will truly loved teaching the game of golf, his heart belonged to competitive golf. He was a very accomplished player, competing in PGA chapter and section events, on the Hogan and Nike Tours, as well as the PGA and Senior PGA Tours. He was named Player of the Year by the North Florida PGA nine times, played in eleven Major Championships, including three PGA Championships, and was inducted into the NFLPGA Hall of Fame in 2015. His playing partners and competitors alike truly enjoyed his competitive fire and friendly banter for over fifty years. He loved golf, sports (Yankees, Cowboys and Celtics most of all), and his family and friends. His humor, wit and spirit will be missed by all who knew and cherished him as "Willsie" and "Willy Dog." He is survived by sisters, Tighe Frantz of Florence, Kentucky, and Lennie Michelson of San Luis Obispo, California, and brother, Dave Frantz of Bradenton, Florida; nephews, Dr. Jack Brown of Florence, Ky., and Noah Frantz II of Bradenton, Florida; and niece, Amy Castronovo of Mendham, New Jersey. He was preceded in death by his father, William Farr Frantz, and mother, Helen Marshall Frantz, both of Huntington, West Virginia. Services will be private, but the family would like to encourage support for the American Cancer Society. Comments and remembrances are appreciated on his Facebook page. Ashes will be interred at his favorite golf courses in Sarasota County, Florida.
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