Barry Goldstein’s list of accomplishments as a golf instructor just got longer.
Goldstein, of Coral Springs, recently joined a select national group as he was designated a Top 25 Elite Junior Golf Coach by the Future Champions Golf (FCG) organization.
“I’m honored and excited to be recognized [with this honor],” said the 53-year-old Goldstein, who has also been named twice by Golf Tips Magazine as one of America’s Top 25 Golf Teachers as well as a Top 50 Teacher in the USA by Golf Range.
The FCG’s Top 25 Elite Junior Golf Coach accolade recognizes coaches who specialize in competitive players ages 13 to 18. These players compete at the highest levels of junior golf and regularly develop into college golfers. Students working under mentors like Goldstein earned more than 1,000 college scholarships.
In order to earn this designation, coaches had to meet certain criteria including a minimum of six years of full-time teaching, three years with an established elite program, a certain number of college players developed and tournament finishes by students.
“This award is geared toward what I do best, and that is assisting young, tournament players to excel in national events and to earn full scholarships to major universities,” said Goldstein, who has been at Inverrary Country Club in Lauderhill for the past 10 years and teaching golf in general for 21 years.” It makes me smile to receive this award.”
Goldstein has written more than 100 nationally published articles in Golf Magazine, Golf Tips Magazine, Golf Digest and Men’s Journal.
Goldstein said he knew he was up for the award and felt he had a chance to win it with Dave Stockton, Kelly Kuchen and Sarah Brown among the seven members of the selection panel.
“There were some great golfers doing the selecting,” Goldstein said. “I put my heart into my tournament players and it is very gratifying to get a national award for doing so. I coach and teach players from all over the country and the globe. And, of course, many here in South Florida.”
Goldstein said he is humbled being on a list that includes Boca Raton’s Don Law and PGA golfer Jordan Spilth’s coach, Cameron McCormick of Dallas, Texas. He received his plaque at the recent Professional Golfers Association Show Days and Education Conference at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
“The list of golf teachers I am now a part of is an awesome group with some real legends,” Goldstein said. “It’s the best feeling to assist young athletes and put them into fine colleges.”
Among Goldstein’s students is his daughter, Carly Ray Goldstein, who attends and plays golf at Louisiana State University. Among others he has mentored are Hannah Leaner (University of Miami), Mike Head (George Washington University), Julia Durbin (Bowling Green State University) and Michelle Rodriguez (Marshall University).
Carly Ray Goldstein was a medalist during the recent 84th Iona D. Jones/Do Herty Women’s Amateur Championship at Coral Ridge Country Club in Fort Lauderdale. She lost in the second round of match play to Julia Matzot, 16, of Parkland.