Joseph Tyler "Buddy" Bowie, 80, a vice president of the G. Calvert Bowie Inc. mortgage firm in Washington in the 1950s and 1960s and an amateur golfer who helped start area tournaments, died of pneumonia Nov. 5 in South Carolina at Hilton Head Medical Center. He lived in Hilton Head Island since 1971.
Mr. Bowie was born in Washington and graduated from St. Albans School. He received his bachelor's degree in 1943 from Washington and Lee University, where he was captain of the golf team.
He ranked at or near the top of several local tournaments and won the championships at Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase 10 times from 1943 to 1956.
Along with golfers Harry Pitt and Frank Emmet, Mr. Bowie founded the Interclub Junior Golf League in the Washington area in 1956. He also helped start the old Eastern Four Ball at Columbia Country Club.
In 1971, Mr. Bowie was president of the Maryland State Golf Association, where he had been an officer for seven years.
After moving to South Carolina, Mr. Bowie became an honorary member of Columbia, where he had served on the board of governors and was a past golf chairman.
In Hilton Head Island, Mr. Bowie was tournament director of the Heritage Classic from 1974 to 1975 and tournament director for the following two years of the old CPC Women's International at Moss Creek Plantation club.
Mr. Bowie also was president of the Moss Creek housing development from 1978 to 1980 and served on the board of the Sea Pines Club and Long Cove Club, both in Hilton Head Island. He also was on the board of several banks in South Carolina.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Dorothy Warner Bowie, of Hilton Head Island; a son, John F.M. Bowie II of Morristown, N.J.; two daughters, Susan Bowie Reynolds of Charleston, S.C., and Mary Sherier Bowie of Hilton Head Island; and two grandchildren.