Northern Illinois seniors Andrew Frame and Tim Kay were named to the 2010-11 Men’s Golf Academic All-Mid-American Conference Team, the league announced Tuesday.
After both Frame and Kay garnered the honors as sophomores, the duo did it again in their final season as Huskies to give the program its 19th and 20th all-time academic all-conference selections, 11 of which have come from the MAC.
“It’s great to have another accolade for Andrew and Tim,” said NIU head coach Tom Porten of the two seniors that are the only Huskies in program history to be named Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District V Men’s At-Large First Team selections, both doing so in each of their last two seasons.
“They certainly earned this. Credit goes to them for their hard work throughout their careers,” Porten added. “I’m sorry to see them go but very proud to see them end their careers like this. It’s another feel-good moment for the two of them. This is just the start of their success as graduates.”
The pair becomes the fifth and sixth Huskies to receive the scholarly honor two or more times in a career.
As two of the league’s eight selections, Frame and Kay made NIU one of two teams to have multiple honorees.
An elementary education major with a 3.625 GPA, Frame led the 2006-08 teams in scoring average and ended his career ranking fifth all-time at NIU with a 75.3 scoring average. The Manteno High School (Ill.) product also ranks at the top of the Huskies’ rounds played list with 148. After being named 2006-07 MAC Freshman of the Year, Frame finished in the top-40 in all but two of his 13 events and ranked second on the team with a 74.9 scoring average in his final Huskie campaign.
Kay ranks second to his teammate in career rounds played at NIU with 130 and ended his career with a 76.6 scoring average. The accountancy major with a 4.00 GPA overcame a knee injury that forced him to miss much of his true senior season by rebounding to post four top-25 finishes in 2010-11. A native a Bartlett, Ill., Kay turned in his best performance at the MAC Championships with a 25th-place finish in May.
The Academic All-MAC honor is for student-athletes who have excelled in athletics and academics.
To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.