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Golf For All’s Bob Beach Gets Call to the New England PGA Hall of Fame

May 20, 2014 − by Golf For All − in Latest News − Comments Off on Golf For All’s Bob Beach Gets Call to the New England PGA Hall of Fame

Beach humbly suggests his latest honor came from the people he’s worked with and helped, through teaching the game of golf, over the years.

This article was excerpted from May 19, 2014 edition of The Patriot Ledger

By Jay N. Miller

Way back in 1978, Bob Beach teamed with Dick Hanscom to win the New England Assistant Pros’ championship, a pretty nice bauble for the young kid who’d just graduated from Norwich University in 1975, and was working his first golf job as assistant pro at Braintree.

Way back in 1978, Bob Beach teamed with Dick Hanscom to win the New England Assistant Pros’ championship, a pretty nice bauble for the young kid who’d just graduated from Norwich University in 1975, and was working his first golf job as assistant pro at Braintree.

But Beach gravitated away from playing competitive golf, and took a different path, one that led to his induction this spring into the New England PGA Hall of Fame. He’ll hasten to tell you it wasn’t for his playing ability.

“That Assistants’ title with Dick was probably the high point of my playing career,” Beach recalled with a chuckle. “But I realized I wanted more of a teacher’s role, and I never looked back.”

Beach humbly suggests his latest honor came from the people he’s worked with and helped, through teaching the game of golf, over the years. It is a lengthy list, a litany of good works and good deeds that ought to get Beach prime consideration for the human beings’ hall of fame, too.

Beach worked at Braintree as assistant pro from 1976-79, then as an assistant at Newton Commonwealth for the 1980s. By 1991 he was back at Braintree, this time as head pro.

Beach’s good work falls into three main categories. For many years he took the money he earned teaching junior lessons and donated it to the Jimmy Fund. In 2010, when Braintree became a municipal, town-owned course, and he went on salary, he decided to shift some of his junior lessons to Cedar Hill in Stoughton. Now, Beach devotes one of his days off to junior lessons at Cedar Hill, and still donates the proceeds to the Jimmy Fund.

“I decided early on, when I began in ’76, I wanted to do something to give back,” said Beach. “I decided upon the Jimmy Fund as a recipient of my junior lessons fees, and we’ve been doing that for 39 years now. Also, for the past 11 years, I think it’s the third Sunday in July, Noble & Greenough School has a field day, and I give free golf lessons to cancer patients there. Donating money to causes like that is good, but I also enjoy getting to see where the money goes, working with the actual people themselves.”

In Beach’s first years at Braintree, there were several Vietnam veterans events, and he started a long association with that group. Beach gives regular clinics and free lessons to veterans from the town and the surrounding area.

To read the rest of the Patriot Ledger article about Bob Beach, click here.





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