Braintree golf pro receives PGA award

January 26, 2014 by  

Bob Beach, a professional golfer from Braintree, recently received the 2013 Patriot Award from the Professional Golf Association (PGA) of America for the work that he has done with special needs golfers and veterans.

It’s likely that poster printing would have been used to publicize the ceremony that was held at the town hall to honor Beach and was attended by people with developmental disabilities, veterans, residents and town officials. Mayor Joseph Sullivan said at the event that the town is privileged to have Bob as one its citizens as he is a model for good living.

Charles Kokorus, President of the Town Council, added that Beach has always been very humble and was always involved in giving something to the community.

Beach has been a member of the PGA of America for 28 years and is the first one in the New England Section of the PGA to receive the Patriot Award. He started his work with veterans after their service in Vietnam when he saw how they were treated so poorly by some people. He began a Vietnam Veteran Tournament 22 years ago and now offers clinics for veterans throughout Massachusetts.

According to the PGA, Beach held 46 golf clinics at no cost in 2012 and provided instruction in golf for disabled and non-disabled veterans at one location in Rhode Island and four in Massachusetts. He served on the national PGA Disabled Golf Committee from 2009 through 2012. He commented that Braintree has such a positive attitude about people with disabilities which encouraged him to contribute as much as he did.