GOLF: Alexander will coach USA Team

University of Florida head men's golf coach Buddy Alexander was selected by the Golf Coaches Association of America to lead the U.S. team in the 2005 Palmer Cup presented by Monster at Whistling Straits.

"It is a great honor to be selected to lead the U.S. team," Alexander said. "I was very pleasantly surprised by the news and am really looking forward to this special opportunity."

Alexander, a 2002 inductee into the GCAA Hall of Fame, directed one of the greatest seasons in Gator Golf history in 2003-04. Under Alexander's leadership, the Gators won seven of 14 tournaments and never finished outside the top six in any event during the season. The seven wins was the second-most in school history, while the 14 top-10 finishes matched a school record. Florida racked up 13 consecutive top-five finishes to set the standard for top five finishes in a season, as well as consecutive top five finishes. The Gators earned two PING first-team All-American honors in Matt Every and Camilo Villegas, while Jessie Mudd and Brett Stegmaier earned honorable mention recognition.

The three-time and 2004 Eaton Golf Pride Dave Williams Coach of the Year, Alexander earned his seventh Eaton Golf Pride Southeast Region/District Coach of the Year while garnering his seventh Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year distinction.

"You coach college golf for years and years, but this is something that is very different," Alexander said. "We haven't won the event in a few years and I know there will be some extra pressure to win the cup since it's being played in the U.S., but I'm very excited for this opportunity to coach on the international level."

The Palmer Cup pits the top American collegiate golfers against the top European collegians in a Ryder Cup style of play that requires individuals to compete in a variety of different styles of play including match play, better ball, four ball and alternating shot to earn points for their respective team.

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