Northern Kentucky University golfer Jackson Frame was fed up.
He didn’t know what golfer was going to show up at certain tournaments. The one capable of competing by shooting near even par or the one that would spray the ball over the course and shoot in the 80’s.
“It was frustrating not knowing which golfer was coming to the tee,” Frame said, a Mason County graduate who joined the Norse program in 2014.
After showing flashes his freshman and sophomore year, Frame posted his highest average scores in his junior season at 79 last year.
“I had always struggled with a hook. I had reached the lowest point of my career mentally on the course and needed to make some changes. I had to implement something,” Frame said. “I’ve made huge changes over the last year. I got to a point where I was struggling so much with my swing, I changed swing philosophies. I’ve went to a cut and tried to find some control in my golf game.”
The changes have paid off in his senior season, averaging a career-low 75 strokes per tournament, including three top-20 finishes in nine tournaments this year.
“I just feel so much more confident now and feel like I can compete with anybody we go up against,” Frame said.
He got off to a hot start in September with tournaments at Marshall, shooting two-over in two days and followed it up at Eastern Kentucky by going even-par in three days and finishing 16th overall.
He closed out the fall session in October with another solid showing at Dayton, going seven-over par in the three-day tourney and placing 14th.
The spring session, like many other sports in the region has been plagued by weather. The Norse have only been able to compete in two tournaments with others canceled due to weather. In the latest one called off at the Wright State Invitational Saturday, Frame was one-under through seven holes before the action was washed out.
“I was tied for the tourney lead and then it was rained out,” Frame said.
With all the changes and not being able to play competitively, it has to be tough, especially with the Horizon League Championships coming up, the three-day tournament starts on Sunday.
“I still feel like I’m in good form, but it doesn’t help not playing in competitive rounds. You just never know what days you can play outside or at all. We’re lucky we have well enough indoor facilities here to where we can work on our game,” Frame said.
The Horizon League tournament could possibly be Frame’s last if the team or he doesn’t qualify individually for Regionals. The Norse will need to win the tournament or Frame will have to finish first individually to qualify.
“I think we can win as a team. Just like all other 39 golfers that will be there, I want to win it individually. I want to go there and have a good showing. Two years ago I didn’t play well there, so hopefully I can enjoy it more this time,” Frame said.
In his only other conference tournament at the course down in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida, Frame struggled shooting a three-day score of 252, failing to break 80 in any of the rounds as a sophomore.
Starting Sunday, he’ll get a chance to redeem himself with his scoring and his new swing.
“I’m looking forward to playing there with a little different control. It’s a tight ball-striking course and my golf game is different now,” Frame said.
After golf season ends, Frame is set to graduate in May. He tentatively plans on going to graduate school and becoming a CPA.