Photos from the final round of the Northern Intercollegiate.
Andrew Frame joined the NIU men's golf coaching staff as an assistant coach in the fall of 2011 after completing a memorable playing career as a Huskie. Now entering his fifth year as assistant coach, Frame works with both the men’s and women’s programs at NIU.
His experience as an NIU golfer has helped bring new talent - regionally, nationally and internationally - to both programs as the women posted their best ever finish at the Mid-American Conference Tournament in 2014, taking fourth place. The men’s program also posted a fourth-place finish in 2015 giving the Huskies their best team placing at the MAC Tournament since 1985.
Huskie Lena Gautier finished the 2015 season as All-MAC selection after placing fourth overall. The sophomore led the team in stroke average at 77.1, the lowest single season average in program history. Gautier won the Diane Thomason Invitational on Oct. 5, 2014 to become the first medalist for the program since 2009.
Off the course and in the classroom, three members of the NIU women’s golf team - Samantha Coyne, Connie Ellett and Taylor Ellett - were named to the 2015 Women’s Golf Coaches Association Division I All-American Scholar Team.
With the men, Frame helped lead the Huskies to seven top-10 team finishes and three top-five finishes with the emergence of transfers Joo-Young Lee and Jordan Wetsch. Both golfers earned MAC Golfer of the Week honors in 2014-15 after each finished fifth in respective tournaments throughout the season.
During the summer of 2015, Lee won the Ohio Amateur Championship, joining the likes of PGA Legend Arnold Palmer and 2003 British Open Champion Ben Curtis on the list of former winners while Wetsch qualified for the U.S. Amateur Championship in Olympia Fields.
As a player, Frame's resume boasts the most competitive rounds played (131) of any golfer in NIU history, as well as the school's fifth lowest career scoring average (75.3). On the roster from 2006-11, Frame established himself as a model of consistency year in and year out for the Huskies. The Manteno, Ill. native also tied for 72nd at the 2010 US Public Links Championship.