As Brooks Koepka was being driven to the club house after Sunday’s U.S. Open to sign his final scorecard, Joe Buck announced he was seated next to his girlfriend, Becky Edwards. As it turns out, Koepka and Edwards are no longer together– they broke up sometime after December 30, 2016. The woman sitting next to Brooks on Sunday was actually his new sweetheart, Jena Sims.
Here’s what you need to know about Koepka’s “new” girlfriend, Jena Sims:
1. She Is an Actress and Has Worked With A-Listers Like Morgan Freeman
Sims is an actress, and has held supporting roles in films alongside Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Robert DeNiro, and Kevin Kline.
In 2014, she played Quail’s girlfriend in the film Kill the Messenger starring Jeremy Renner, Ray Liotta, Andy Garcia, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Speaking to AXS ahead of the movie’s release, Sims was asked what drew her to the script. She said, “Jeremy Renner was producing it, so I already knew it was going to be special. It’s also through Focus Features who have cranked out a lot of Oscar-worthy films. I wanted to be a part of a really profound, meaningful project.”
On the small screen, Jena has appeared in shows like Entourage, Dexter, Vampire Diaries, CSI, and One Tree Hill.
Speaking to Starburst Magazine in 2012, the actress explained that when she was little, she used to watch soap operas with her mom. She went to Super Soap Weekend in Orlando one weekend, where she met Susan Lucci. “She was so graceful, charismatic, and beautiful – I will never forget that! I knew I wanted to be like her one day.” In wasn’t until 2009 that she moved to Los Angeles to focus solely on her career.
2. She Was Miss Georgia Teen 2007
Sims won the Miss Georgia Junior National Teenager title in 2004, and the Miss Junior National Title in 2005. One year later, she was crowned Miss Georgia Teen 2007. Unfortunately, she did not place in the Miss Teen USA 2007 competition in Pasadena, California.
Sims has six years of cheerleading experience and 15 years of dance training under her belt. She had to undergo extensive training for her role in Attack of the 50 Ft. Cheerleader, and tells Starburst Magazine, “My co-star and myself went through vigorous fight training by our coordinator, who happened to be one of the original Ninja Turtles! He taught us kung fu moves mixed with cheerleading that we now call Cheer-Fu! All of the cheers and dances you see me do in the film were learned about 10 minutes before the cameras started rolling.”
3. She Has Over 83k Instagram Followers
Sims has a huge Instagram following, with over 83k followers. On Twitter, she’s raked in over 8k fans. Her Twitter bio reads, “Actress whose passion is making children facing challenges feel beautiful since 06. Once visited Cuba legally. Sharknado 5 coming 8/6 on Syfy!”
Most recently, the actress posted a photo from Erin Hills, celebrating with Koepka.
4. She Studied International Business at Belmont University
Sims graduated from Winder-Barrow High School in 2007. She went on to study International Business at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.
5. She Founded the Charity ‘Pageant of Hope’
The Winder, Georgia, native is the head of an internationally award-winning non-profit organization called “Pageants of Hope”, which gives children facing challenges the chance to escape the hospital life and celebrate inner-beauty, crowning everyone Prince or Princesses. She founded the organization when she was sixteen, and says she owes the inspiration for the organization to the way competing made her feel. “… that winning feeling I had been given was such an amazing experience. It gave me the idea to give kids that same feeling. I created The Pageant of Hope to give kids with challenges and disabilities (who would not normally compete in pageants) a self-esteem boost. It gives them that winning feeling and makes them feel like a Prince or Princess for a day.”