To become the 12th Huskie men’s golfer to garner the GCAA honor, the fifth-year senior had to be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least two full years at the collegiate level, participate in 70 percent of his team’s competitive rounds or compete in the NCAA Championships, have a stroke average under 76.0 and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better.
Additionally, he must have had high moral character and be in good standing at his institution. None of the criteria were much of a problem for the program’s all-time leader in rounds played (148), as he becomes the first Huskie to earn the honor since Zach Jecklin did so in 2008.
“He has definitely earned all the accolades he’s received throughout his NIU career,” said NIU head coach Tom Porten of Frame, one of six Mid-American Conference recipients of the GCAA award.
“He is a hard-working young man who never lost site of the importance of the classroom. He competed with and was one of the best MAC players of the last few years. He was outstanding both academically and athletically for the program. I only got to coach him for one year, but it was truly wonderful to have him and watch him excel both in the classroom and in competition.”
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.
After being named 2006-07 MAC Freshman of the Year, the Manteno High School (Ill.) product 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. This year, Frame also received Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District V Men’s At-Large First Team and Academic All-MAC Team selections.