HUNTSVILLE, Tex. – Jacksonville University women's golf head coach Jennifer Borocz was inducted into her alma mater's Hall of Honor this past week.
Borocz, née Heinz, was a standout golfer at Sam Houston State from 2004-2008, and was officially inducted into the Bearkats Hall of Honor on Friday.
"I was the first one in my family to attend college and it was the first time I'd been that far away from home," said Borocz, a native of Minnesota. "The opportunity to play golf and enroll in the PGA Golf Management program led me to where I am today."
She was one of eight as part of this year's induction class at SHSU. Her career was decorated from start to finish, as she was named an All-Southland Selection all four years on the team, an honorable mention choice her freshman and sophomore year, second team as a junior and made First Team All-Southland after finishing runner-up at the Southland Conference Championship as a senior. She help lead the Bearkats to conference titles in 2004 and 2007, and served as a team captain.
Her senior season average was 75.97, nearly 2.5 shots better than her previous best, and good for 10th overall in school history. She was also a two-time medalist in her career, one of only nine Bearkat golfers to win multiple tournaments. She was the first graduate of the PGA Golf Management Program in 2009, and played professionally while working for TPC Twin Cities. She won several events on tour, including the 2011 PGA Women's Stroke Play Championship and advanced through Stage I of LGPA Qualifying School in 2011 before being forced to withdraw in Stage II with a back injury.
Borocz worked for nearly five years with the TPC Network before assuming leadership of the Jacksonville women's program. She served as a PGA Assistant Professional at TPC Twin Cities in her home state of Minnesota and TPC Sawgrass.
Borocz took over the JU women's golf program in 2012 as the 14th coach in school history and has helped the program ascend to new heights. Just last season, the team won multiple events for just the fifth time in program history and posted its lowest season scoring average ever en route to its highest ever ranking in Golfstat.
She coached the program's first NCAA Regional qualifier and ASUN Golfer of the Year in Jessica Welch in 2015, as well as nine all-conference selections, three ASUN All-Freshman Team choices, including the conference freshman of the year, Michelle Forsland, in 2015. Her teams have also excelled off the course, winning Women's Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar Team of the Year with a GPA of 3.924 in 2016-17. Welch also earned ASUN Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2015, and three Dolphins have received academic all-conference recognition under her leadership. Additionally, JU has had a minimum of three WGCA All-American Scholars each of the last four seasons, peaking in 2016-17 when five Dolphins were recognized.
"Now that I've been on the other side of collegiate athletics, I have a whole new respect for those that give tirelessly to enhancing the student-athlete experience," said Borocz.