UT golf coach Jamie Broce finishes runner-up at PGA Professional National ChampionshipWritten by Fred Altvater | | BackNine@toledofreepress.com
University of Toledo men’s golf coach Jamie Broce took a three-shot lead into the final round at the PGA Professional National Championship in Myrtle Beach this week, but bogeys down the stretch in the final round forced him to settle for runner-up.
He lost a playoff to Michael Block, head professional at Mission Viejo in California, but still qualified for the PGA Championship to be held at Valhalla Golf Club just outside of Louisville in August.
The top 20 finishers at the PGA Professional National Championship annually earn exemptions into the final major tournament of the year on the PGA Tour.
This was Broce’s second appearance at the PGA Professional National Championship. He missed the cut in 2013 and did not make it to the final round.
Broce enjoyed a stellar collegiate career at Ball State University before graduating in 1999 and was also a top performer in the class room. In 1998 while still in college, he received the prestigious Ben Hogan award given to the nation’s top golf scholar-athlete.
He was inducted into the Ball State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010.
Broce competed professionally on the NGA Hooters Tour, played in 55 Web.com Tour (Nationwide Tour) events and qualified for the 2000 Greater Milwaukee Open on the PGA Tour before joining the coaching ranks as an assistant coach for the Indiana Hoosiers.
In four seasons while he was on the staff at Indiana, the Hoosier golf team qualified for the NCAA Regionals every year and Broce learned his coaching skills from head coach Mike Mayer.
Broce was named head coach at UT in June 2012. The Rockets finished third as a team in the 2014 MAC Conference Championship with three players garnering top-10 finishes.
The Rockets will begin their 2014-15 campaign at the Memphis Intercollegiate on Sept. 15-16.
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