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Bud Allin, 62; decorated Vietnam veteran was a five-time winner on the PGA Tour, golf instructor

March 13, 2007|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Bud Allin, 62, a Vietnam War veteran who won five times on the PGA Tour, died of cancer Saturday in Hemet, the PGA Tour said Monday. Allin had said this year that he had cancer in five parts of his body.

Allin played college golf at Brigham Young University but left school early to enlist in the Army. He did two tours in Vietnam and earned two Purple Hearts, according to Golfweek magazine.

Born in Bremerton, Wash., Allin joined the PGA Tour in 1970 and won five times, his last victory coming in 1976 at the Pleasant Valley Classic. His best year was 1974, when he won the Doral-Eastern Open Invitational and Byron Nelson Golf Classic, finishing the season ninth on the money list.

Allin once won on the Champions Tour, but spent his time in senior golf simply to make money. His joy was teaching, and among the clubs he worked with was the San Diego Golf Academy.

"The most popular instructor I've ever seen," PGA master professional Eric Wilson told Golfweek in an article this year. "The students just flocked to him. He would do anything to help them. He would come in on weekends to work with them."

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