Jamie Broce ('99) Earns Spot in PGA Championship
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Ball State men's golf alumnus Jamie Broce finished as runner-up at this week's PGA Professional National Championship and earned a trip to the 2014 PGA Championship.
Broce completed his final round Wednesday at Dunes Golf & Beach Club tied atop the leaderboard with a 2-under par total of 286 (68-72-71-75). His putt to win the tournament on the final hole of regulation lipped out, and he went to a sudden-death playoff with Michael Block of Mission Viejo, Calif.
Broce, the tournament's 36- and 54-hole leader, matched Block with a par on the first playoff hole, but Block birdied the second to win.
The top 20 finishers claimed a spot in the field for the PGA Championship, the season's final major, which will be played Aug. 7-10 at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville.
Broce, a 2009 inductee into the Ball State Athletics Hall of Fame, just completed his second year as the men's golf coach at Toledo. He was representing the Northern Ohio Section of the PGA at this week's event after getting into the field as an alternate.
The Indianapolis native was the Ben Hogan Award winner as the nation's top golf scholar-athlete in 1998. In 1999, he was an All-American, the Mid-American Conference Golfer of the Year and an NCAA Central Regional participant. Broce won six tournaments during his college career and still holds the school record with a 73.57 career stroke average.
The PGA Professional National Championship began in 1968. In over four decades, it has become the showcase event for PGA professionals, featuring some of the finest players in the association. The championship features a 312-player field representing 41 PGA sections.
Tim Frazier, who played at Ball State from 1987-91, was also in the field for the PGA Professional National Championship. Frazier, the head pro at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, made the 36-hole cut but did not survive the 54-hole cut.