St. Augustine Amateur


Photo of Dad 

Jay’s extensive golf background resulted from a long and impressive amateur playing career.   He competed in the 1980 US Amateur at the Country Club of North Carolina, the 1981 US Mid Amateur at Bellerive Country Club, the British Amateur in 1982 at Royal Cinque Ports, and numerous other golf events. He was the club champion at six different clubs.

Jay won the Virginia State Amateur before going on to play collegiately at the University of Virginia. He earned all-ACC academic honors while earning his Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering. Jay went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law in 1975. As his business career started to take off, Jay continued to compete in amateur golf events.

Jay and his wife Martha raised two daughters and a son, now grown.   Their son, John IV, played collegiately for Rhodes College and continues to play in many amateur events.  Jay was quite involved with his church and the local St. Augustine community. He raised a terrific family, had a successful business career, and gave back to the community in a big way.

Thanks to Jay, the St. Augustine Amateur was first played in October of 2004 and within just 2 years became a nationally recognized Golfweek event. Jay experienced great success in attracting nationally ranked players, who came from across the country and from all over the world. The St. Augustine Amateur was put on with a major event atmosphere, complete with starters announcing every player, live scoring feeds in the clubhouse and on the internet, caddies with professional bibs, and standard bearers for the leading groups.

In Jay’s later years he was still making lasting contributions to the community as he took over as Executive Director at the First Tee of St. Johns County to provide a management boost and generate more sponsors. Jay developed junior golf as a benefactor of the net proceeds of the St. Augustine Amateur.  He also coached the men’s golf team at Flagler College. Until his death in 2010, Jay was truly the ambassador of the game of golf for St. Augustine and the First Coast.

Jay’s legacy is visible all over the event from the naming of the winners’ trophy to the “John C. Jennison Trophy” to the fact that his brother Wesley Jennison is now involved as Co-chairman.  We are pleased to carry on his tradition of running an event that characterizes the “Best Expression of the Game”.