Golf History


1982 & 1983 United States Amateur Championship                                                                                                                             1983, 1985, & 1987 United States Mid-Amateur Championship                                                                                                                 1991 Northeast Amateur (3rd record time)                                                                                                                                               1993 Crump Cup (9th record time)                                                                                                                                                           1988 Sunnehanna Amateur (3rd record time)                                                                                                                                           1975, 1981, & 1987 Porter Cup (Runner-up 3 times)                                                                                                                                     1979 British Amateur                                                                                                                                                                               1963, ’66,’68,’72-’76,’78,’79, and ’81 Pennsylvania Amateur                                                                                                           Pennsylvania Open (4 times) (Pro Tournament)                                                                                                                                 Philadelphia Open (7 times) (Pro Tournament)                                                                                                                                       1973, 1987 Philadelphia Amateur

Low Amateur:

1984 US Open                                                                                                                                                                                         1981, 1982, 1988 Masters Tournament (11 time Masters Participant)                                                                                                         1980 British Open

Jay has served as the Playing Captain of the 1983 and 1985 Walker Cup Teams and was a member of the 1977, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, and 1993 teams. Jay is the all-time point winner in Walker Cup Match history. His record surpasses Bobby Jones, Bill Campbell, and Francis Ouimet. His nine-time selection the team is also a record. 

Jay was a member of the 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, and 1992 World Amateur Team. Individually, he placed second in the World in Switzerland (1982), and Venezuela (1986). He holds the record for low round. His seven-time selection is also a record. 

In 1984, Jay received the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation’s Athlete of the Year Award. 

Golf Digest Magazine has ranked Jay as one of the Top 10 Amateur Golfers since 1975* (*exception 1990)                                                                           1991- 4th                           1985-3rd                     1979-5th                                                                                                                           1990- Unranked               1984-3rd                     1978-5th                                                                                                                           1989-                                1983-1st                       1977-9th                                                                                                                           1988-2nd                          1982-1st                      1976-4th                                                                                                                           1987-2nd                          1981-5th                      1975-8th                                                                                                                            1986-10th                         1980-2nd

The Sunnehanna Amateur, the oldest amateur medal stroke play tournament in the United States, dedicated the 11th hole to Jay in June 1979. The inscription on the brass plate on the tee reads: “Twelve times in the first twenty-six years of the Sunnehanna Amateur this quiet, thirty-two year old gentlemen, who is every respect truly personifies the meaning the word class, has earned his way into this tournament. Twice he was crowned our champion of champions and, in the Spring of 1979, he won the British Amateur Championship. Sunnehanna Country Club admiringly, and with pride, dedicated its eleventh hole to a great friend and to one of the world’s finest amateurs.”

1988 was the Centennial of Golf in the United States. To celebrate this event, GOLF Magazine named Jay to its list of 100 Heroes of American Golf. This event was celebrated at a formal dinner in New York on June 20, 1988. 

The Collegiate Golf Coaches of America nominated Jay to their Hall of Fame. He is the first Amateur Golfer so nominated and he was inducted in July 1988.