Remembering Alex Alexander

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Jun 16, 2010 at 11:20 PM EDT

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Professional golf in Endicott has been a yearly tradition for nearly 40 years.

Wednesday night an exhibit opens in honor of the original BC Open and it's late founder, Alex Alexander.

The Endicott Visitors Center is paying tribute to the local legend with as part of its BC Open memorbillia exhibit

Friends and family say the collection is moving.

Louis Alexander, Alex Alexanders son says, "This community meant so much to him. That to see this here and to see this display is very touching."

Alberta Fiori-Gazda, a family friend says, "Its wonderful, It brings back a lot of memories. I went to BC open for many years and it just brought back a lot of neat memories."

Alexander was best known for bringing professional golf to Greater Binghamton.

He founded the BC Open which lasted for 36 years without a title sponsor.

This was before Dicks Sporting Goods signed on in 2007.

Beyond golf, Alexander's beloved character was fashioned in the display.

Mason Mastianni says, "He was just always happy every time I saw him he was always like 'hey mason how ya doin' and even as he got older he was always like the life of the party."

Alberta Fiori remembers his flashy clothing, "I remember those pants. They were funny," she said.

His son, Louis, also remembers his fathers fashion tastes.

"I can see a lot of the wild fashions he used to wear and they were reflected in a number of these pictures. And the only thing that gives me reassurance is a lot of other men in these pictures are wearing the same ridiculous outfits," said Alexander.

Whether through his attire or work in the community, people say they will make sure his spirit in remembered.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

It will run until the end of August at the Endicott Visitor's Center.

For more information visit endicottny.com.

To submit a comment on this article, your email address is required. We respect your privacy and your email will not be visible to others nor will it be added to any email lists.