Royal Palm Beach golf professional Glen Beaver has been recognized for his passion for teaching golf to children.
On Tuesday, Jan. 11, Beaver was presented with the Coach of the Year Award by the Florida Gold Coast section of First Tee, a national program that gives youngsters a chance to learn how to play golf.
Beaver’s teaching program is based at the Royal Palm Beach Commons Park driving range. He teaches golf to more than 100 children each week with the goal of making the sport accessible to anyone.
The First Tee program not only aims to teach the sport, but also the importance of honesty, inner strength, respect for others, self-confidence and cultivating character. Those traits help empower children through a lifetime of new challenges.
If you ask the parents of the students who have been taught by Beaver, it’s clear that he’s deserving of this award.
“My son started playing golf, taking lessons with coach Glen at Okeeheelee Park, and now at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park. Glen has helped develop him from a beginning golfer by teaching him the basics,” Brad Stockwell said. “As he has progressed, the lessons have become more detailed, with an emphasis on fine-tuning his swing with the goal of lowering his scores. My son likes and respects coach Glen. He appreciates his sense of humor and respects him when he gets serious. I appreciate how coach Glen has helped my son truly enjoy golf.”
Sascha Sterijevski has three children who take lessons from Beaver. “He is knowledgeable, enthusiastic and encouraging,” Sterijevski said. “We have been with coach Glen for three years, and I see great strides in their golf game. They went from having never picked up a golf club to feeling confident golfing a round of nine holes.”
Sterijevski is also pleased with the life lessons taught along the way, such as integrity, perseverance and respect, plus good habits such as safety, eating well and exercise.
Dael Sidney’s son has been taking lessons since 2018. “Coach Beaver’s ability to teach a class and keep them focused is a talent in itself,” Sidney said. “My son enjoys the game, and this is one more tool in his chest to build self-confidence and expand his horizons.”
Jamie Worrell is also pleased with the program. “Both my son and daughter love taking golf lessons with coach Glen and his staff,” Worrell said. “They truly care about each child and provide meaningful feedback and support to every child. I’m so thankful we found Beaver Golf.”
Learn more about Beaver and his youth golf program at www.glenbeavergolf.com. Learn more about the First Tee program at www.firstteefloridagoldcoast.org.