Jay Choi, 28 year old Japan Tour Player from Wildomar, CA., made history in his rookie season (2010) by being the First Ever to go through all of the qualifying stages and make top 25 on the Money List in his first year on the JGTO (Japan Golf Tour Organization). Jay finished 17th in his rookie year to accomplish this outstanding feat that no player in the history of the JGTO had ever accomplished.
Jay started playing golf when he was approximately 10 or 11 told his coach, George Pinnell, that he couldn’t break 100 when he was 12 years old. A lot has changed, obviously, as a young Jay, matured and worked on his game to earn a scholarship to the University of New Mexico where he earned All-American honors under the Lobo’s coach Glen Millican. Jay graduated from UNM and played well in the pre qualifying and first stage of the PGA Qualifying School before missing the cut in the second stage. He proceeded to play mini tour events with some success and then found his way to the Japan Golf Tour Qualifying School where he finished 3rd in the final stage. Jay in his first year finished 17th on the Money List and 27th in his second year.
Jay told Pinnell that “having a regular place to play every week, was the key to his better play.” Jay is looking forward to 2012 where he will kick off the season in Jakarta, Indonesia at the Indonesia Open, March 22-25. Following the Jakarta event, Jay will travel to New Zealand where he will play in the NZ Pga Championship, March 29-Apr. 01, 2012. In his first 2 year’s on the Japan Golf Tour, Jay has started rather slow and played well toward the middle and end of the season. He wants to get off to a good start in his first 2 events going into the regular season in Japan.