CAREER

PROFESSIONAL

PGA TOUR CHAMPION WINS

  • 10-time Tour Winner (1994 - 2003)                                          
  • Aruba Aces Championship                                                      
  • Diners Club Match Play Championship with Gil Morgan            
  • 5- Georgia Pacific Grand Champions victories  

PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS HIGHLIGHTS

  •  1994 Rookie of the Year
  •  10-time Tour Winner (1994 - 2003)
  • 2002 Comeback Player of the Year (multiple surgeries)
  • Lowest 9 hole score - 27 - 1998 Bell Atlantic Classic (-9 under)
  • Eagle/Birdie Streak (holes 1-7) (8 total) 1998 Bell Atlantic Classic
  • Lowest start by winner (61) (-10) 1998 EMC Kaanapali
  • Double Eagle - 1994 Golf Magazine Sr. Tour Championship
  • Eagle and Double Eagle in a round (on his Birthday! 11/13/94)
  • Largest come from behind victory in a Final Round - 10 Strokes over Jim Colbert - 1994 GTE West Classic
  • Greens in Regulation (51 of 54) 1994 Northville Long Island Classic
  • Longest Drive (422 yards) 1996 Tradition
  • 1995 Tour Leader in Driving Distance (277.4 yards)
  • 1997 Most Top 10 Finishes (19) tied with Gil Morgan
  • 1997 Lowest 54-hole score (-18 under) Kroger Senior Classic
  • 2003 Bayer Advantage - course tying record 65 (-7)- also became oldest winner on tour at 59
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AMATEUR

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WINNER

  • 1975, 1981, & 1987 Porter Cup (Runner-up 3 times)
  • 1979 British Amateur
  • 1982 & 1983 United States Amateur Championship    
  • 1983, 1985, & 1987 United States Mid-Amateur Championship
  • 1988 Sunnehanna Amateur (3rd record time)  
  • 1991 Northeast Amateur (3rd record time)
  • 1993 Crump Cup (9th record time)   
  • 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
  • (11 Masters Participant
  • 1981, 1982, 1988 Masters Tournament
  • 1980 British Open

 Jay 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 contiuously ranked Jay as one of the Top 10 Amateur Golfers from 1975 to 1991 (exception 1990) 

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  •  1991- 4th  
  • 1990 - unranked
  • 1989 - 
  • 1988 - 2nd
  • 1987 - 2nd
  • 1986 - 10th
  • 1985 - 3rd
  • 1984 - 3rd   
  • 1983 - 1st
  • 1982 - 1st
  • 1981 - 5th
  • 1980 - 2nd
  • 1979 - 5th
  • 1978 - 5th
  • 1977 - 9th
  • 1976 - 4th
  • 1975  - 8th           

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.