LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Ball State men's golf alumnus Jamie Broce will tee it up in his first career major at this week's PGA Championship.
Broce, who is entering his third year as the head men's golf coach at Toledo, is set to compete with the best in the world at Valhalla Golf Club.
He will become one of six former Cardinals to appear in a major since 1970, joining Denny Hepler (9 appearances), Brian Tennyson (9), Cary Hungate (6), Scott Steger (4) and Jeff Gallagher (1). Broce is the first Cardinal to play in a major since Hungate at the 2004 PGA Championship.
The Indianapolis native and 1999 Ball State graduate will go off the first tee Thursday at 7:50 a.m. in the opening round. He is paired for the first two days with Billy Horschel and George Coetzee.
Broce punched his ticket into the season's final major with a runner-up finish in a playoff at the PGA Professional National Championship in June. The top 20 finishers each year at that event earn an invite to the PGA Championship.
A Ball State Athletics Hall of Fame member, Broce was the Ben Hogan Award winner as the nation's top golf scholar-athlete in 1998, the program’s final season under former head coach Earl Yestingsmeier. In 1999, he was an All-American, the Mid-American Conference Golfer of the Year and an NCAA Regional participant in the first year under head coach Mike Fleck.
Broce won six tournaments during his college career and still holds the school record with a 73.57 career stroke average. After graduation, he went on to play professionally through 2008, spending time on the Nationwide Tour (now Web.com Tour) and NGA Hooters Tour. He then spent four years as an assistant coach at Indiana University before taking over the Toledo program.