Broce Shoots 72, Misses Cut By Three at PGA
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Ball State men's golf alumnus Jamie Broce wrapped up play in his first career major championship Friday evening at Valhalla Golf Club.
Broce carded a second-round 72 in the PGA Championship to bring his two-day total to 4-over par 146. The 1999 Ball State graduate missed the cut by three shots but finished tied for third among the club professionals in the event.
There were 20 club pros competing, all of whom earned their spots in the field by virtue of their finish at the PGA Professional National Championship in June. Broce, entering his third year as the men's golf coach at Toledo, finished second in that championship in Myrtle Beach.
The Indianapolis native topped several notable players this week, including past PGA champions Tiger Woods, Shaun Micheel, Rich Beem, John Daly, Mark Brooks and Jason Dufner, who withdrew Thursday. He finished tied with former champions Keegan Bradley and Y.E. Yang.
Broce became the sixth former Cardinal 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). He was the first Cardinal to play in a major since Hungate at the 2004 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.