Jay Choi, has earned his JGTO (Japan Golf Tour Organzation) card for the 2017 season. The 33 year old from Albuquerque, NM., qualified this week at the Cocopa Resort Club, Hakusan Village Golf Course, Queen Course. Jay, who was an AJGA Rolex All-American as a junior player and an NCAA All-American at the University of New Mexico has had success wherever he has played. In 2012, Jay, won the Totoumi Hamamatsu Open.
The JGTO, along with the PGA Tour, European Tour and Sunshine Tour are the four major golf tour’s in the world. In 2010, his rookie year on the JGTO, Jay, was 17th on the money list. The following year he was 28th, followed by 31st, and 61st in 2013. In 2014, he finished 94th forcing him back into Q School, where he failed to regain his Tour Card. In 2015 and 2016, Jay, played on the Japan Challenge Tour.
It seemed that the birth of his first child, Jayden, in October, gave Jay, a renewed sense of urgency and interest in getting back to the “Show.” In the grueling 6 round, Q-School, the new father, shot 69-69-70-70-68-71 (417) (-15) to finish in 20th place to earn his full JGTO Tour Card, for the 2017 season.
Jay and his coach, George Pinnell, have worked together for 19 years.
It will be a very Merry Christmas, in the Choi household when Jay, returns to his wife Hyunji, and his newborn son, Jayden, in a few days.