On Thursday evening, November 11th, Craig Bowden and Jamie Broce were inducted into the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame in front of their family and friends at Meridian Hills Country Club. The Indiana Golf Hall of Fame is where esteemed members of the golf community are chosen for induction based on their extraordinary contributions to the game as players, teachers, administrators or promoters.
In addition to their Hall of Fame induction, our Indiana Junior Players of the Year, amateur Players of the Year and Wagoner Award recipient were also recognized. Those award winners included:
Wagoner Award - Steve Paquin
IWGA Alice O'Neal Dye Player of the Year - Haylin Harris
IGA John K. David Player of the Year - Nick Dentino
IGA Jerry Nelson Senior Player of the Year - Terry Werner
Girls Prep Tour Player of the Year - Piercey Dyer
Boys Prep Tour Player of the Year - Elijah Lemmon
Girls Junior Tour Player of the Year - Addison Meadows
Boys Junior Tour Player of the Year - Patrick Michael
Girls Junior Program Player of the Year - Michaela Headlee
Boys Junior Program Player of the Year - Jacob Modleski
About Craig Bowden
Craig Bowden was born and raised in Bedford, Ind. He played high school golf at Bedford North Lawrence, and later was inducted into the Indiana High School Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame for his successful playing career (‘08). He went on to play collegiate golf for one year at the University of Indianapolis and was a member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship team (‘89). After his freshman year of college, he transferred to Vincennes University and became the first individual to qualify for the NCAA National Championship.
Upon graduation, Bowden turned professional and competed on the NGA Hooters Tour, where he had three victories. He also continued to play in state events, winning back-to-back Indiana Open Championships in ‘94 and ‘95. In ‘96, Bowden got his official PGA Tour card, and started competing on Tour in ‘97, while also competing on the Korn Ferry Tour (then known as the Web.com Tour).
While on Tour, Bowden participated in 10 PGA Tour major championships and had three Korn Ferry Tour wins including: the NIKE Miami Valley Open (‘98), the Miccosukee Championship (‘03), and the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic (‘06).
In 2013, he ended his Tour career, and rejoined the Indiana Section PGA, where he once again began competing in state events. His first local event was the 2014 Indiana Open Championship at Otter Creek Golf Course in Columbus - and he came back with a vengeance. There, he posted a record tournament total of 18-under-par, and won the State Open for the third time, just as he had 19 years prior. In 2015, he added the Indiana PGA Professional Championship title to his list of playing accomplishments.
In addition to his success on the golf course, Bowden has also spent years of his career helping junior golfers, and raising money for local organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence County and the Bedford Recreation Foundation.
Today, Bowden continues to participate in Indiana Golf events and works as a club fitter for KBS Shafts. He resides in Bloomington with wife Tisa, and is a father to five children: Lizzie, Gabbie, Noah, Quinley and Kirin.
About Jamie Broce
Jamie Broce was born in Napoleon, Ohio and moved to Indianapolis when he was three years-old. He attended Ben Davis High School, where he played varsity golf and had a tremendous junior career. He was an IHSAA individual state champion (‘92) and runner-up (‘95) and a two-time Indiana Boys State Junior Champion (‘92, ‘95).
Broce went on to play collegiate golf at Ball State University, where his playing success continued. He was team captain from ‘97-’99, the recipient of the NCAA Ben Hogan Award (‘98), NCAA All-American Third Team (‘99), MAC Player of the Year (‘99), MAC Sportsman of the Year (‘99), and an Academic All-American First Team (‘98, ‘99). He also won six collegiate golf tournaments and set or tied seven Ball State golf records. In 2009, he was recognized for his college golf success with his induction into the Ball State University Athletics Hall of Fame.
Upon graduation, he turned professional and competed on the NGA Hooters Tour and the Korn Ferry Tour (formerly known as the Web.com Tour), where he had three top-four finishes. Broce continued to compete in Indiana events as well, and won back-to-back Indiana Open Championships (‘02, ‘03). To date, he has won eleven Indiana Section PGA events.
In 2008, Broce continued to pursue his passion in golf and shifted his focus to coaching, becoming the Assistant Golf Coach Indiana University. While at IU, he had ten wins under his belt, was ranked #4 by Golfstat, coached a Golfweek First Team All-American, and led IU to the NCAA post-season all four years.
In 2012, he took his first head coaching job at the University of Toledo and led his team to three top-three Mid-American Conference finishes and five tournament wins. He also coached five players who became First Tee All-MAC and one Player of the Year MAC.
In 2017, Broce became the Head Coach at IUPUI in Indianapolis. To date, Broce has led his women’s team to back-to-back Horizon League Championships, and their first-ever NCAA Regional appearances in ‘18 and ‘19. He has 10 tournament wins to date, has coached three Horizon League Players of the Year, eight Horizon League All Conference players, and was voted the Horizon League Men's Coach of the Year in '19 by his peers.
In addition to his coaching career, Broce continued to play competitive golf. In 2014, he participated in the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club and again in 2017 at Quail Hollow Golf Club. He also was a six-time participant in the National PGA Professional Championship and finished runner-up in 2014. Broce also continues to play in Indiana PGA events, and in 2020 was named the Indiana Section PGA Player of the Year.
Broce continues to coach at IUPUI and resides in Indianapolis with his wife, Darci. He is also the father to his daughter, Peyton, and his son, Preston.