Name:Junius Joseph "Jay" Hebert
Lived:[1923-1997]. Born on Feb 14, 1923 in St Martinville, nr Lafayette, Louisiana. Died on May 25, 1997 in Houston, Texas, aged 74.
Original/Home Club:Oakbourne CC, Lafayette, LA.
Played as the Houston Classic (April 20-24). Jay Hebert (USA) beat Ken Venturi (USA) with a birdie at the first sudden-death playoff hole, after both men shot 1-under-par 69s in an 18-hole Monday playoff. [Memorial Park GC, Houston, TX].
Played as the inaugural American Golf Classic (Aug 24-27). Jay Hebert (USA) beat Gary Player (RSA) with a birdie at the second playoff hole (par-5 2nd), to record the last of his seven PGA Tour wins. [South course, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio].
The US PGA Championship (42nd) (July 21-24). Second-placed Jim Ferrier (USA) finished 1 shot behind Hebert (USA), who recorded his first and only major championship win. Jay's younger brother Lionel won this championship in 1957. [South course, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio].
Played as the inaugural Orange County Invitational (Oct 15-18). Second-placed Jack Fleck (USA) and Jerry Magee (Can) finished 2 shots behind Hebert (USA). [Mesa Verde CC, Costa Mesa, nr Newport Beach, CA].
Played as the inaugural Lafayette Invitational (April 24-27). Second-placed Bob Rosburg (USA) and Leo Biagetti (USA) finished 5 shots behind Hebert (USA). [Oakbourne CC, Lafayette, Louisiana].
Played as the Texas Open Invitational (Feb 14-17). Second-placed Ed Furgol (USA) finished 1 shot behind Jay Hebert (USA), who recorded his second PGA Tour win. [Brackenridge Park GC, San Antonio, TX].
Played as the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am Championship (Jan 11-13; 54-hole event). Second-placed and defending champion Cary Middlecoff (USA) finished 2 shots behind first-time PGA Tour winner Hebert (USA). [Pebble Beach Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Cypress Point Club and Monterey Peninsula CC].
Ryder Cup: Rome plays host to the first ever Ryder Cup to be staged in Italy, with the USA defending golf’s greatest team trophy at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (Sept 29-Oct 1).
Solheim Cup: also in September, also in southern Europe, the 18th Solheim Cup will be contested at Finca Cortesin on the Costa del Sol, with Europe defending after their surprise win in Toledo, Inverness Club (Ohio) in 2021 (Sept 22-24).
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Marco Simone Golf & Country Club: With a clubhouse that might befit a Roman Emperor, and a golf course to match, you can be sure of a memorable outing at Rome's most talked about golf facility.
Jim Fazio's original layout was much changed to create a modern Ryder Cup course ... now one of the Eternal City's (and Italy's) most revered.
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