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Born in  1943, Jay Sigel enjoyed one of the more illustrious careers in the history of U.S. amateur golf, before turning pro in 1993. At age 50 he became a member of the Senior PGA Tour, now known as the PGA Tour Champions . Born and raised in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, he grew up playing golf at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, PA.  He attended high school at Lower Merion HS in Lower Merion, PA. He then headed to Wake Forest University, where he was a member of the golf team  graduating in 1967. Throughout the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s Jay Sigel was one of America’s premier amateur golfers. He compiled victories in the U.S. Amateur, British Amateur and U.S. Mid-Amateur, competed on nine Walker Cup teams, and won numerous other amateur titles. In 1983, he became the only golfer ever to win the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Mid-Amateur in the same year, which made him only the third golfer to win two USGA individual titles in the same year. Jay Sigel turned professional at the age of 50 and won Rookie of the Year honors on the Senior PGA Tour, when he earned 14 top-10 finishes and secured his first victory at the GTE West Classic.

For the next five seasons, he finished in the top-31 on the Senior Tour money list.  He won ten events; the last was the 2003 Bayer Advantage CelebrityPro-Am. In the 2004 PGA Tour Champions season, Jay Sigel finished in the money in all 28 tournaments that he entered and had six top-10 finishes. During the 2005 campaign his best finish was 5th at the Turtle Bay Championship. He has career earnings of over $9 million. From 1994 until 2015, Jay Sigel was sponsored by global management consulting and technology services company Accenture. Jay has been the President of the The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia since 1980. The First Tee is an international youth development organization introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to young people. Through after school and in school programs, they help shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf. Since 1992, Jay Sigel has been the founder and host of the Sigel Invitational which benefits Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center. The center is a world leader in cancer research, patient care, and education.


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2019 Jay Sigel Invitational VIDEO

2019 Invitational

The Jay Sigel Invitational will celebrate its 27th Anniversary as the premier charity golf tournament in the Delaware Valley. We invite you to join us on Monday, September 16, 2019 to support our Host & Founder’s efforts, Jay Sigel, on behalf of both breast cancer and prostate cancer research and patient care.  Beginning in early 2016, The Sigel Invitational broadened its fundraising initiative to include breast cancer research through clinical trials involving novel therapies for advanced metastatic disease.  This charity tournament also supports research into lower dose radiation therapy, and groundbreaking trials to determine prediction of recurrent disease.

The 2019 Sigel Invitational will return to its home at the prestigious Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, which has hosted the  1962 PGA Championship, 1977 U.S. Amateur Championship, 1997 U.S. Junior Championship, 2003 Senior PGA Championship, the 2010 & 2011 AT&T National, among other premier events.  In 2018 Aronimink added to its list of hosting premier tournaments with the BMW Championship

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With the addition of net proceeds from this year’s event, The Sigel Invitational will be that much closer to hitting the $4 million mark of proceeds raised. The fundraising efforts of The Sigel Invitational will continue to support prostate cancer research, and now include breast cancer research, at the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute, which is the research arm of the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania.  Past Special Guests lending their time & talent to help raise money for this worthy cause include Jim Colbert, Ed Dougherty, Hubert Green, Gary Hallberg, Scott Hamilton, Chuck Hiter, Mark Lye, Bob Murphy, Vince Papale, Gary Player, Don Pooley, Jim Roy, and media personalities Ed Abrams, Neil Hartman, Lou Tilley, Jim “Sports” Kelly, Peter Kessler and the late Gary Papa.  These “very special guests” have now become Honorary Chairmen of The Sigel Invitational, joining Jay to promote the event and support his efforts in fighting cancer.

As you may have heard and read, exciting research into immunotherapy is attributed to the Abramson Cancer Center, and through clinical trials more discoveries in cancer research will be made.  We invite you to help us fund these initiatives, which will lead to more advanced patient cancer.  Should you, or someone you know, have questions about treatment options such as proton therapy at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania, or the breast cancer and prostate cancer research programs at the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute, please call (215) 662-3963.


Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center is a world leader in cancer research, patient care, and education. Our preeminent position is reflected in our continuous designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute since 1973, one of 41 such Centers in the United States.

At the Abramson Cancer Center, we are dedicated to innovative and compassionate cancer care. Our clinical program, comprised of a dedicated staff of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, nutritionists, and patient care coordinators, currently sees over 90,000 outpatient visits, over 11,800 inpatient discharges, and provides over 37,000 chemotherapy treatments, and more than 66,000 radiation treatments.

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SEPTEMBER 16, 2019





Joining us on September 16th will be a good friend of Jay’s and our special guest Steve Davenport.

That’s a young Steve Davenport on our front cover who caddied
at the 1982 U.S. Amateur for Jay when he won his first Amateur. This great photo op took place next to the 18th green at The Country Club in Brookline so folks in the Clubhouse could see it. Jay’s victory shared with Steve was covered by ABC as part of “Wide World of Sports.” The Country Club in Brookline has a long tradition of local caddies starting with Francis Ouimet and Eddie Lowry in 1913. Steve is a graduate of Providence College,
Columbia School of Engineering and Boston College.
He is also a throat cancer survivor.

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For more information, please call Amelia Anderson at 215-662-3917 or email Amelia.Anderson@pennmedicine.upenn.edu.

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As Jay Sigel got ready to host the 26th edition of his Jay Sigel Invitational golf event to benefit cancer research, he sat down with noted golf journalist Tony Leodora on Golf Talk Live to discuss the newly re-designed Aronomink golf club, which hosted the greats of golf in the BMW Championships as part of the PGA playoffs in 2018.