Thomas “Motion” Frank was named the LPGA’s Caddie of the Year Sunday at the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore.
Frank, a popular long-time caddie, helped Kris Tamulis to her first title last season. It was an emotional year for Frank, who lost his home in Houston to a fire after it was struck by lightning. It was a community’s loss as Frank regularly opened the doors of his home for his church to use during his long stretches on the road. It was Frank’s long-time family home, one he purchased from his mother. He lost valuable golf memorabilia in the fire that he had collected in his 30 years in the caddie business.
Frank was presented the caddie award on the 10th tee at the start of Tamulis’ final round.
“Unbelievable,” Frank said. “I love golf. I love kids getting in golf. And golf has saved my life. That’s all I have to say.”
LPGA members helped set up a GoFundMe page to assist Frank in rebuilding his home. That remains a work in progress.
Tamulis said she was inspired by the way Frank reacted to the terrible news.
“The text I got from him, the first thing he said was, 'You know, it's OK, I've got the best friends, I've got the best family, and I've got my health,’” Tamulis said at the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship last year. “And I'm like, 'Mo, what you have going for you is your unbelievable attitude.' He just keeps me going, keeps me believing in myself. When I don't want to be out there, he's like, 'Come on, let's do this.' So, he helps me a lot. He's the best.”