Bruch has already committed to Purdue University to continue her education and golf career. She still has one more season of golf with the Rocks and looks to make it back to back state titles.
Bruch has already committed to Purdue University to continue her education and golf career. She still has one more season of golf with the Rocks and looks to make it back to back state titles.

WEST POINT, MISS. – Westfield golfer Jocelyn Bruch is making quite the name for herself. The upcoming senior for the Rocks took home the individual medal at the IHSAA Regional and State championships last season.

Well now she is getting to compete in one of the biggest amateur tournaments in the country as she will tee off on Monday (Aug. 5) in the 119th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Mississippi.

Bruch qualified for the championship when she competed in a qualifier in St. Clair, Mich. on July 17 and placed second by shooting a 72, finishing only two strokes behind Yurika Tanida of Japan who took home the top spot.

Head golf coach for the Rocks Trevor Neu talked about what his experience has been like getting to coach a player like Bruch.

“This is going to be an amazing opportunity for her,” Neu said. “She’s getting to play on one of the highest levels of amateur golf in the country, and against some of the greatest players in the country. She has paid her dues through hard work and dedication to the game and she’s earned this opportunity.”

Bruch is a four-year member of the Rocks girls’ golf team. This past year they missed qualifying for the state meet by just three strokes as the team placed sixth at the Regional. Neu isn’t the only person who is loving what Bruch has been able to accomplish. He talks about the amazing support staff that Bruch has around her.

“She has an incredible amount of people that she has worked with that are really excited to see her get this chance, he said. “Jocelyn has a swing coach that she works with, a training coach, and numerous other coaches that have helped her get to where she is today.”

Not only is Bruch getting rewarded by having the amount of success that she is having but Neu talks about what kind of person she has meant to the entire Westfield golf program.

“She just does things the right way,” Neu said. “And other players on our team have picked up on the things she does and how she carries herself. They know if they want to take their game to the next level, they should follow what she does. It’s really been huge for us.”

Neu knew that he had a special player when Bruch arrived to the program her freshman year however, he adds that Bruch has added a huge part to her game… the mental aspect.

 “One of the biggest improvements I’ve seen from her mental game has grown tremendously. She will never get down on herself after a bad hole, she just forgets about it and moves on, and has a one hole at a time mentality.”

Bruch will tee off for the first round of stroke play in West Point at 8:15 a.m. Central Standard Time.

The tournament will feature two rounds of stroke play before the field of 156 golfers will be cut down to 64 for match play, followed by a single elimination, bracket style of play until a champion is crowned. The tournament will feature players from 17 different countries from around the world and 33 different states will be represented.