1969, 1989 World Maccabiah Games – two gold medals
PGA and Champions Tours
Bruce was born in Union City, TN and became involved with Golf at age seven, working as a caddie with his two brothers. He attended Miami-Dade Junior College and Furman University. In 1968, at age 19, he became the third-youngest player to win the U.S. Amateur. He launched his international golf career at the Maccabiah Games in 1969 and then turned professional upon his return.
Bruce spent much of his regular career as a club professional and won the PGA Club Professional Championship in 1989. He had one PGA Tour win in 1991 at the New England Classic and then moved on to a successful career on the Senior PGA Tour (now Champions Tour). Bruce had 18 wins, including one senior major – the 2001 U.S. Senior Open. He was the first player ever to earn back-to-back victories in his first two Champions Tour events which helped him win Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year awards in 1999. Bruce also had a win on the European Seniors Tour, which came in 2000 at the Irish Seniors Open.
Bruce’s experiences in Israel as a member of the USA Maccabiah Teams were life-changing. He is very proud to be Jewish and stays involved with Maccabi USA as a supporter of an annual golf tournament in Palm Beach to help the organization raise money.
He and his wife Wendy live in the Palm Beach Gardens area and have a daughter, Jennifer and grandson, Jacob.