Jay Hebert

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Jay Hebert
Personal information
Full nameJunius Joseph Hebert
NicknameJay
Born(1923-02-14)February 14, 1923
St. Martinville, Louisiana
DiedMay 25, 1997(1997-05-25) (aged 74)
Houston, Texas
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)
NationalityFlag of the United States.svg  United States
SpouseBarbara J. Henny
Children2 sons
Career
College Southwestern Louisiana
Louisiana State
Turned professional1949
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins10
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour7
Other3
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters Tournament T8: 1959
PGA Championship Won: 1960
U.S. Open T7: 1958
The Open Championship DNP
Jay Hebert
AllegianceFlag of the United States.svg  United States
Service/branch USMC logo.svg U.S. Marine Corps
Rank US-O3 insignia.svg   Captain
Unit 5th Marine Division
Battles/wars World War II, Pacific theater
Battle of Iwo Jima
Awards Purple Heart ribbon.svg Purple Heart

Junius Joseph "Jay" Hebert (February 14, 1923 – May 25, 1997) was an American professional golfer. He won seven times on the PGA Tour including the 1960 PGA Championship. [1] His younger brother, Lionel Hebert, also won the PGA Championship, in 1957, the last edition at match play. Jay played on the 1959 and 1961 Ryder Cup teams and was captain for the 1971 team.

Professional golfer golfer with professional status; ordinarily cannot play in amateur tournaments

In the sport of golf, the distinction between amateurs and professionals is rigorously maintained. An amateur who breaches the rules of amateur status may lose their amateur status. A golfer who has lost their amateur status may not play in amateur competitions until amateur status has been reinstated; a professional may not play in amateur tournaments unless the Committee is notified, acknowledges and confirms the participation. It is very difficult for a professional to regain their amateur status; simply agreeing not to take payment for a particular tournament is not enough. A player must apply to the governing body of the sport to have amateur status reinstated.

PGA Tour Golf tour in the United States

The PGA Tour is the organizer of the main professional golf tours played primarily by men in the United States and North America. It organizes most of the events on the flagship annual series of tournaments also known as the PGA Tour, as well as PGA Tour Champions and the Korn Ferry Tour, as well as PGA Tour Canada, PGA Tour Latinoamérica, and PGA Tour China. The PGA Tour is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, a suburb of Jacksonville.

1960 PGA Championship golf tournament held in 1960

The 1960 PGA Championship was the 42nd PGA Championship, played July 21–24 at the South Course of Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. Jay Hebert won his only major championship, one stroke ahead of runner-up Jim Ferrier, the 1947 champion. Only one player broke par in the final round; Wes Ellis shot 69 (−1) and finished in sixth place. Hebert's younger brother Lionel won the title in 1957, the last PGA Championship contested in match play format.

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Hebert served in the Marines in World War II and rose to the rank of captain. He was wounded in the left thigh at the Battle of Iwo Jima and awarded a Purple Heart. [2] [3] Following the war, he played golf at LSU, where he and teammate Gardner Dickinson led the Tigers to the national championship in 1947.

United States Marine Corps Amphibious warfare branch of the United States Armed Forces

The United States Marine Corps (USMC), also referred to as the United States Marines, is a branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for conducting expeditionary and amphibious operations with the United States Navy as well as the Army and Air Force. The U.S. Marine Corps is one of the four armed service branches in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States.

World War II 1939–1945 global war

World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. A state of total war emerged, directly involving more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. The major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 70 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease, and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.

Captain (United States O-3) company-grade rank in U.S. Army, Marine Corps, and Air Force

In the United States Army (USA), U.S. Marine Corps (USMC), and U.S. Air Force (USAF), captain is a company grade officer rank, with the pay grade of O-3. It ranks above first lieutenant and below major. It is equivalent to the rank of lieutenant in the Navy/Coast Guard officer rank system. The insignia for the rank consists of two silver bars, with slight stylized differences between the Army/Air Force version and the Marine Corps version.

Hebert worked as the playing pro at Mayfair Country Club in Sanford, Florida, in the 1950s. The club was home to a PGA Tour event, the Mayfair Inn Open, from 1955 to 1958. [4]

Sanford, Florida City in Florida, United States

Sanford is a city in the central region of the U.S. state of Florida and is the county seat of Seminole County. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 53,570.

The Mayfair Inn Open was a PGA Tour event that was played for four years in the 1950s. The Mayfair Inn was a 155-room resort hotel on the shores of Lake Monroe in Sanford, Florida known for its opulence and isolation. The PGA Tour event was played from 1955–1958 at the Mayfair Country Club adjacent to the hotel. The hotel closed in the early 1960s.

Hebert was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame [5] and the Texas Golf Hall of Fame [6] in 1982.

A Cajun by ethnicity, he was born in St. Martinville, Louisiana, and died in Houston, Texas. His son, Jean-Paul Hebert, played golf at the University of Texas. [7]

St. Martinville, Louisiana City in Louisiana, United States

St. Martinville is a city in, and the parish seat of, St. Martin Parish, Louisiana, United States. It lies on Bayou Teche, sixteen miles south of Breaux Bridge, eighteen miles southeast of Lafayette, and nine miles north of New Iberia. The population was 6,114 at the 2010 census, down from 6,989 in 2000. It is part of the Lafayette Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Houston City in Texas, United States

Houston is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Texas, fourth most populous city in the United States, as well as the sixth most populous in North America, with an estimated 2018 population of 2,325,502. Located in Southeast Texas near Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, it is the seat of Harris County and the principal city of the Greater Houston metropolitan area, which is the fifth most populous metropolitan statistical area in the United States and the second most populous in Texas after the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, with a population of 6,997,384 in 2018.

Texas State of the United States of America

Texas is the second largest state in the United States by both area and population. Geographically located in the South Central region of the country, Texas shares borders with the U.S. states of Louisiana to the east, Arkansas to the northeast, Oklahoma to the north, New Mexico to the west, and the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas to the southwest, and has a coastline with the Gulf of Mexico to the southeast.

Professional wins (10)

PGA Tour wins (7)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
1Jan 13, 1957 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am
Golf Championship
74-69-70=213−32 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Cary Middlecoff
2Feb 17, 1957 Texas Open Invitational 68-69-67-67=271−131 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Ed Furgol
3Apr 27, 1958 Lafayette Open Invitational 69-69-68-67=273−115 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Leo Biagetti
Flag of the United States.svg Bob Rosburg
4Oct 18, 1959 Orange County Open Invitational 68-68-68-69=273−112 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Jack Fleck
Canadian Red Ensign (1957-1965).svg Jerry Magee
5Jul 24, 1960 PGA Championship 72-67-72-70=281+11 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Jim Ferrier
6Apr 24, 1961 Houston Classic 69-71-69-67=276−4Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Ken Venturi
7Aug 27, 1961 American Golf Classic 70-67-68-73=278−2Playoff Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Gary Player
Major championship is shown in bold.

PGA Tour playoff record (2–1)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
11956 Western Open Flag of the United States.svg Mike Fetchick
Flag of the United States.svg Doug Ford
Flag of the United States.svg Don January
Fetchick won 18-hole playoff
(Fetchick:66, Hebert:71, Ford:72, January:75)
21961 Houston Classic Flag of the United States.svg Ken Venturi Won with birdie on first extra hole
after 18-hole playoff (Hebert:69, Venturi:69)
31961 American Golf Classic Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Gary Player Won with birdie on second extra hole

Other wins (2)

The Long Island Open is a professional golf tournament played on Long Island, New York. It is sponsored by the Long Island Golf Association and was first held in 1922 at the Cherry Valley Club in Garden City, New York. Al Brosch won a record ten titles between 1939 and 1959, a record that stands today. It was a PGA Tour event in the 1920s and 1930s.

The Long Island PGA Championship is a professional golf tournament played on Long Island, New York. It is sponsored by the Metropolitan section of the PGA of America. The current title of the event is the MasterCard Long Island PGA Championship. It was first held in 1935. Al Brosch won a record nine titles between 1939 and 1960. In addition to the record-setting success of Brosch, the Long Island PGA Championship has been won by many touring pros, including Jim Albus, Wiffy Cox, Jay Hebert, Tom Nieporte, Bruce Zabriski and others.

Senior wins (1)

Major championships

Wins (1)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunner-up
1960 PGA Championship 1 shot deficit+1 (72-67-72-70=281)1 stroke Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jim Ferrier

Results timeline

Tournament1953195419551956195719581959
Masters Tournament T16T15T5310T9T8
U.S. Open T917T17T7T17
PGA Championship R32R647T5T25
Tournament1960196119621963196419651966196719681969
Masters Tournament T39T30WD27T30CUTT10T21T28
U.S. Open CUTT49T17T38CUTCUTCUT
PGA Championship 11310T40CUTT54T12CUTCUTT63
Tournament19701971197219731974197519761977
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open
PGA Championship CUTCUTCUTCUT

Note: Hebert never played in The Open Championship.

  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1964 PGA Championship)
WD = withdrew
R64, R32, R16, QF, SF, F = Round in which player lost in PGA Championship match play
"T" = tied

Summary

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament 0000471513
U.S. Open 000026128
The Open Championship 00000000
PGA Championship 1002481912
Totals100210214633

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References

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  2. Wright, Alfred (August 1, 1960). "Mr. 'a-bear' Makes It". Sports Illustrated . p. 12.
  3. Cave, Ray (July 24, 1961). "Golf, Dixieland And Dirty Rice". Sports Illustrated. p. 24.
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  6. "Jay Hebert profile". Texas Golf Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on November 5, 2013. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
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