Nichols, IV, Jonathan P. “Jay” - Golf, 2004
Nichols, one of the best golfers to come out of Savannah, played on the high school golf team at H.V. Jenkins High. In 1984, he was the MVP at Jenkins. From 1982-83, he won the Bacon Park Junior Golf Championship. Following his prep career, Nichols played golf as a four-year letterman at Georgia Teach from 1984-87 and was an integral part of the school’s first championship golf team. In 1985, Jay and four other Tech golfers joined three University of Southern California golfer to defeat a team of college golfers from Great Britain and Ireland 17-7 during a three-day match play competition at Saint Andrews in Scotland. During his senior season, Nichols was an All-ACC and honorable mention All-American performer. He was also named the Yellow Jacket’s player of the year. That same year in 1987, he won the Imperial Lakes Championship, the Robert Tyre Jones Trophy, the Mary Calder Open, and the Oglethorpe Invitational. After college, Nichols competed as a professional on the Asian tour and won tournaments in Singapore and Malaysia. He was also a Volvo European team member. The highlight of his career came in 2001, when he was inducted into the Georgia Tech hall of Fame. He has been a credit to his sport.