Toledo Men’s Head Golf Coach Jamie Broce has been tabbed to represent Team USA in this fall’s PGA Cup.He will be one of 10 members of Team USA and compete against Great Britain and Ireland for the Llandudno International Trophy Friday through Sunday, Sept. 18-20, at the CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, Calif.
Broce was among eight players penciled on to the team following the conclusion of the PGA Professional National Championship at the Philadelphia Cricket Club over the weekend. The remaining two PGA Cup Team berths will be determined after the 97th PGA Championship Aug. 13-16 at Whistling Straits in Sheboygan, Wis.
The PGA Cup originated in 1973 at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort as an outgrowth of the PGA Professional National Championship. Structured after the format of the Ryder Cup, which features team competition between the United States and Europe, the PGA Cup features the top PGA club professionals from both sides of the Atlantic. Competition was held annually until 1984, when both countries agreed to hold this event biennially at alternating sites.
Proceeds from the PGA Professional National Championship in 1975 at Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Ga., covered the expenses of the U.S. Team for the first overseas PGA Cup. A pro-am event was held prior to the 1975 PGA Cup, which raised $12,000 and made it possible for the British PGA to stage the competition. Great Britain and Ireland Captain Christy O’Connor Sr., then 51, did his part to keep the event alive, winning the pro-am.
The teams began with nine players, but the rosters were expanded to 10 in 1988. Qualification for America’s team is based upon performances in the PGA Professional National Championship. From 1973 to 1988, the European team was comprised of PGA club professionals from Great Britain and Ireland. The format was changed from 1990 to 1994, opening up qualifying spots to professionals throughout Europe. The selection process was revised in 1996 to feature only Great Britain and Ireland players.
Broce will be entering his fourth season as Toledo’s head men’s golf coach this fall. He has guided the Rockets to a top-three finish at the MAC Championships in each of his three years and four team tournament titles.