Buddy Allin

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Buddy Allin
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Brian Thomas Allin
Nickname Bud, Buddy
Born (1944-10-13)October 13, 1944
Bremerton, Washington
Died March 10, 2007(2007-03-10) (aged 62)
Hemet, California
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 134 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
Nationality  United States
Career
College Brigham Young University
Turned professional 1969
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 8
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 5
Champions Tour 1
Other 2
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T15: 1974
U.S. Open T10: 1974
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship T10: 1975

Brian Thomas ("Bud" or "Buddy") Allin (October 13, 1944 – March 10, 2007) was an American professional golfer who won five PGA Tour events in the 1970s.

Allin was born in Bremerton, Washington. He learned to play golf at age 13 while working as a caddy at the Santa Barbara Municipal Golf Course in Santa Barbara, California. Allin attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and was a member of the golf team along with Johnny Miller. He served in the Army as an artillery officer during the Vietnam War earning four decorations including the Bronze Star and an Air medal.[1] He turned pro in 1969 and qualified for the PGA Tour on his first attempt.

Allin's first win on the PGA Tour came in 1971 at the Greater Greensboro Open when he defeated Dave Eichelberger and Rod Funseth on the first extra-hole in a playoff. His best finish in a major was a T-10 at the 1974 U.S. Open and the 1975 PGA Championship. He had 3 dozen top-10 finishes in PGA Tour events in his career; his last win came at the 1976 Pleasant Valley Classic. He left the tour due to health issues in the early 1980s.

After reaching the age of 50 in October 1994, Allin began competing on the Senior PGA Tour. He was nominated for Rookie of the Year in 1995, after an outstanding first full season. He also shot a Senior Tour record low round of 61 at the FHP Healthcare Classic that year. His only win came in 1997 at the American Express Invitational where he 2-putted from 60 feet on the 72nd hole to win by one stroke in blustery conditions. He competed five full seasons before electing to leave the tour. Allin devoted the last years of his life to teaching at the San Diego Golf Academy and authoring his instructional manual, Center-Line, as well as an instructional DVD, Preferences. He lived in Boulder City, Nevada as well as California. He died in Hemet, California at the age of 62 from multiple forms of cancer.[1]

Professional wins (8)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (5)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 Apr 4, 1971 Greater Greensboro Open −9 (75-64-67-69=275) Playoff United States Dave Eichelberger, United States Rod Funseth
2 Mar 4, 1973 Florida Citrus Open −23 (66-65-67-67=265) 8 strokes United States Charles Coody
3 Mar 10, 1974 Doral-Eastern Open −16 (66-71-68-67=272) 1 stroke United States Jerry Heard
4 May 5, 1974 Byron Nelson Golf Classic −15 (69-69-63-68=269) 4 strokes United States Homero Blancas, United States Charles Coody,
United States Lee Trevino, United States Tom Watson
5 Aug 1, 1976 Pleasant Valley Classic −7 (72-67-68-70=277) 1 stroke United States Ben Crenshaw

PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 1971 Greater Greensboro Open United States Dave Eichelberger, United States Rod Funseth Won with birdie on first extra hole

Other wins (2)[edit]

Senior PGA Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 Feb 23, 1997 American Express Invitational −11 (68-68-69=205) 1 stroke United States Jim Colbert

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980
Masters Tournament DNP DNP CUT T15 T20 T19 T42 DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open CUT T36 T34 T10 T24 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP T53 34 DNP T10 WD T42 DNP DNP CUT

DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Results in senior majors[edit]

Results may not be in chronological order

Tournament 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Senior PGA Championship T39 T4 T15 T18 CUT
U.S. Senior Open DNP CUT T18 DNP CUT
The Tradition T45 T43 WD 59 T45
Senior Players Championship 74 T69 T49 T45 T64

DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the halfway cut
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rution, Joe (April 19, 2007). "Brian "Buddy" Allin 1944-2007". Santa Barbara Independent. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 

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