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
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.