Now 14 years old, Alex Heard has already begun making a name for himself on and off the golf course. Born in 2004 into an athletic family (mom Diane was a competitive softball and basketball player and dad Rick is a PGA golf professional who played college golf at the University of Florida), Alex took to golf almost before he could walk.
He scored his first hole-in-one at age 4 years and 223 days, just 28 days off the Guinness Book of Records (it was a driver from 80 yards on the 7th hole at Red Reef Park). His second ace came shortly after turning 11 during a practice round for a regional tournament at the New Course at Grand Cypress Resort, also on the lucky 7th hole. This time it was a 9-iron from 100 yards.
Along with those two momentous events in his 14 years of competitive golf, Alex has racked up more than 50 tournament wins, including three U.S. Kids regionals (2012, 2013, and 2017 Holiday Classic), the 2013 Doral-Publix International Championship, the 2017 U.S. Kids Florida State Invitational, and numerous U.S. Kids local tour titles. With the Doral-Publix victory, Alex matched Rory McIlroy, who also won the same event at age 9, and Alex’s 7-under par 63 beat a strong international field.
Joining the American Heritage High School golf team as an 8th grader, Alex led the varsity team, playing #1 on the team and was the District Championship co-medalist.
Beyond his golf, Alex played Little League baseball, and played middle school flag football and basketball. Alex is also a budding philanthropist, and was awarded the prestigious “Spirit of Giving” award at the 2016 Pepsi Little People’s Championship in Quincy, Illinois. The youngest ever to receive the award, Alex was recognized for his ongoing efforts to help other kids less fortunate than himself by donating his time and energy, in addition to cherished birthday gifts. Alex won the 2016 and 2017 Birdie Club award for the South Florida PGA Foundation, raising more than $12,000 through pledges per birdie (he made 48 of them in ten 2017 SFPGA Junior Tour tournaments).
In August, 2018, Alex traveled to Jamaica with his friend who raised funds to build a new school for underprivileged children. He assisted painting the new school, organized and distributed backpacks and school supplies, and met the children at the opening ceremony. That trip motivated Alex to continue to do more for charitable causes, and he is now supporting Education Rocks and Food for the Poor.
What does his future hold? Well, just about anything that can be imagined at this point. He loves golf and loves competing, and has his sights set on playing college golf. He also loves music (he plays saxophone, clarinet, and drums), reading, science, computers, Fortnite, and (of course) PE!
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