Buddy Alexander is an American amateur golfer who is best known for being the head coach of the Division I Florida Men’s Golf team which is based in the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Born on February 20, 1953, in St. Petersburg, Florida, Alexander was an All-American while in university at Georgia Southern University in 1974 and 1975. He won the 1976 Azalea invitational as an amateur, which he followed with a win at the Eastern Amateur a year later in 1977 and the US Amateur Championships in 1986. He also played for the Eisenhower Trophy Team and the US Walker Team.
He served as the head golf coach of Georgia Southern University just two years after his graduation with a degree in recreation in 1975. In his years as the head coach he has lead his team to the top ten in a total of fifteen NCAA tournaments that they played in.
He was inducted into the Coaches Hall of Fame in 2001 by the Golf Coaches Association of America, the same organization that honored him as the National Coach of the Year for 1993, 2001, and 2004. The Southeastern Conference has also recognized him as the Coach of the Year seven times.
Alexander’s father is Skip Alexander, a former Duke University stand out and PGA Tour player. His wife Joan is a medical officer for the PGA. Tyson, a son from a former marriage also plays golf and has played for Alexander’s Gators Golf Team since 2006. Tyson qualified for the US Open in 2009.