Junius Joseph “Jay” Hebert was an American pro golfer who was born on February 14, 1923 in St. Martinville, Louisiana. He worked as a professional at the Mayfair Country Club where the Mayfair Inn Open tournament, a PGA Tour event, was played between 1955 and 1958. A valued member of the 1959 and 1961 Ryder Cup team, Hebert was also the team captain in 1971.
He served during the World War II, holding a captain rank in the U. S. Marines. He fought at the Battle of Iwo Jima in Japan where he suffered from a leg wound. When he returned to the United States, he was awarded with a Purple Heart – a decoration for those who got wounded or died during their service.
As a professional golfer, he won a total of 7 PGA Tour titles which included the following:
- 1957 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am
- Golf Championship 1957 Texas Open
- Invitational 1958 Lafayette Open
- Invitational 1959 Orange County Open
- Invitational 1960 PGA Championship
- 1961 Houston Classic 1961 American Golf Classic
Hebert’s only major title was the 1960 PGA Championships played at the Firestone Country Club, South Course in Akron, Ohio, defeating Jim Ferrier of Australia. In his senior year in golf, he won the 1994 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf in the Demaret Division with Al Balding. His younger brother, Lionel Hebert, is also a pro golfer and a PGA Championship winner in 1957. Hebert died in Houston, Texas on May 25, 1997 at the age of 74.