Carolina looking to earn second-straight NCAA Championship berth
South Carolina at Third Round of NCAA Eugene Regional - 5/17/14
Alex Hamilton enters his second season as South Carolina's assistant coach. A four-year standout for the Gamecocks from 2001-05, Hamilton returned to his alma mater in 2013 after serving as an assistant coach for one season for the Mercer men's golf team.
With the help of Hamilton, the Gamecocks had one of the most successful seasons in school history in 2013-14 as they won three tournament titles, set the school record for team scoring average (287.46) and matched a school record with nine top-five finishes, including a school-record seven-straight top-three finishes during the regular season. Carolina's season culminated with a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Championship, the program's second highest finish at the event. Individually, Will Murphy earned All-America honors with a tie for 15th showing at the NCAA Championship. Matt NeSmith garnered second-team All-SEC and first-team PING All-Southeast Region honors, while Caleb Sturgeon (Badger Invitational) and Will Starke (Seahawk Intercollegiate) each won a tournament title.
While at Mercer, Hamilton's responsibilities included assisting with course management, practice instruction, day-to-day operations and recruiting. Prior to joining Mercer's staff, Hamilton served as a sales consultant for Dynasplint Systems, INC.
Hamilton brought a wealth of collegiate and professional golf experience to Columbia. He was a second-team All-SEC selection for the Gamecocks in 2004 after posting a scoring average of 73.34 and recording four top-10 finishes, including a tie for fifth showing at the SEC Championship. He also won the 2004 South Carolina Amateur Championship. Off the course Hamilton was a standout in the classroom as he was a two-time Cleveland Golf All-American Scholar and was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll all four years.
After graduating from South Carolina in 2005 with bachelor degrees in Economics and Real Estate, Hamilton spent seven years playing in the professional ranks, competing on the eGolf Professional Tour, the NGA Hooters Tour, the Nationwide Tour and the PGA Tour. He captured two tournament titles on the eGolf Tour and finished in the top-10 on three occasions on the NGA Hooters Tour. He also played in the PGA Tour's McGladrey Classic and Greenbrier Classic in 2010.
During his high school career, Hamilton lettered four years at South Aiken High School and earned all-region and all-state honors his junior and senior years.
A native of Aiken, S.C., Hamilton and his family have long running ties to the University of South Carolina. His father, Jim, was a member of the Gamecock golf team from 1968-72, serving as captain his junior and senior years. His mother, Pam, graduated from South Carolina in 1975. Hamilton's wife, Kristin, also has SEC ties, as she received her bachelor's (2006) and master's (2009) degrees from the University of Florida.