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The 2017 Jazzy Awards – the Best and Worst in Sports

So, 2017 was a turbulent year in the world of sports, but we all weathered it quite well. Now that we have a minute between New Year’s champagne and golf on Hawaii, let’s take a look back at the best, worst and zaniest of the year, and not just in golf. PLAYER OF THE YEAR – JUSTIN THOMAS PGA Championship + FedEx Cup + Five Tour wins + Prez Cup hero...

The 2017 Jazzy Awards – Player of the Year Justin Thomas

It’s time again for Jay’s Year end golf awards – the Jazzys as we call them. This year’s Player of the Year is clearly Justin Thomas. Five wins, a PGA Championship for his first major and he took home the $10,000,000 after winning the season ending playoffs. Hideki Matsuyama had a breakout year too, but it wasn’t enough to wrest either a...

The 2016 Jazzy Awards – Turkey of the Year – Colin Kaepernick and the National Anthem Protests

It’s the day after Thanksgiving. Every dish in the house is soiled, the tablecloth is stained, the rug is a shambles, and there’s dry, stringy, tasteless turkey leftover for the next two weeks. See why I eat steak instead? That also means it’s time for another AWITP holiday tradition – Jay’s Sports Awards, a.k.a. the Jazzys. We’ll...

The 2015 Jazzy Awards – Best Renovation – Poppy Hills

We’ll talk a lot more about Poppy Hills in my new “Elysian Fields” column in Golf Course Trades Magazine early in 2016, but the Robert Trent Jones, Jr./Bruce Charlton redesign takes home top honors this year. Their redesign of the Monterey Peninsula course that hangs out in such rarified air as Pebble Beach, Spanish Bay, and Spyglass Hill not only...

The 2015 Jazzy Awards – Player of the Year Jordan Spieth

For the first seven months of the year, Jordan Spieth was the face of sports, not just golf. He became only the sixth golfer to win both the Masters and U.S. Open in the same yea, and made a valiant run at the Open Championship, (at St. Andrews no less…), only to fall one shot shy of the 3-way playoff eventually won by Zach Johnson. Jason Day made it a race by...

The 2014 Jazzy Awards – Keith Foster Architect of the Year

It’s been a banner year for Keith Foster. He’s riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave of adulation for his brilliant restoration/renovation of Philly Cricket’s fabled Wissahickon course, an indisputable Tillinghast masterpiece now better than even Tillie himself was able to make it while he was alive and calling it his home course. Wissahickon was downright...

The 2014 Jazzy Awards – Rory McIlroy, Player of the Year

It was a runaway year for Rory…he ran away from his bride and his wedding, then he ran away from the fields of two major championships and a fist full of other events. He’s been on a Godzilla-like rampage the last half of the Year. It’s his second Jazzy Award for Player off the Year in the last three years. The only other players who merit even being in the...

The 2014 Jazzy Awards – Hack Golf and Foot Golf are the Dry, Stringy Turkey Award Winners

It’s that time again – silly season. Yes the advent of the Holidays heralds peace, love, and goodwill to all men, (and shopping deals to part you from what little disposable income you have left…), but it also means lowest common denominator television events, strange formats, and pining for golf if you live in the North Country. Still, each year we here at AWITP...

The 2013 Jazzy Awards – Best Restoration – Philly Cricket Club – Keith Foster

Talk about Steelers-Cowboys, Celtics-Lakers or Canadiens-Red Wings, the battle between Philly Cricket and Paramount for Best Restoration was one of the most eagerly awaited match-ups in golf design/travel circles. The debate will certainly continue well into next year (and by the way, last year’s winner Rockaway Hunting Club – Gil Hanse restoration)...