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Golf pro is making Binghamton proud

JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. - The Southern Tier may not be known as the golf capital of the world.

But, for one man, that hasn't stopped him from becoming one of the best at his profession in the country.

If you've spent some time down at Polar Shot Driving Range in Johnson City, there's a good chance you've seen this man, Barry Goldstein.

Barry is a Binghamton native, and when he's not down in Florida, he's up here helping all types of golfers try and improve their game.

While working in Florida definitely has it's perks, for Barry, there's nothing like helping folks out back home.

"I love my hometown. I'm so proud to be from here. I try to mention it every time I'm on national television, every magazine I'm in, every radio interview I do, I always mention that I'm from Binghamton, Broome County, New York. It's a great feeling," Goldstein said.

Goldstein has been around the sport of golf for over twenty years, and that experience has helped him reach an elite level in his profession.

Out of over 28,000 golf instructors in the United States, Barry was named one of the top 30 golf instructors by Golf Tips Magazine.

Now, the magazine's July/August edition shows Barry on the cover, with his story, "The 6 Best Tips I Know" featured inside.

Even with these accolades, Barry believes it's important to stay humble and appreciates the achievements.

"I don't think about it often, but when I do, it's really an honor. I know a lot of, like you said, there's 28,000 golf professionals across the country, and to be picked like that, it's quite an honor. It's not something I take for granted, I'm just so busy teaching every day I don't think about it a lot. But, it's a really good feeling. It's very nice, very rewarding."

Barry has coached several PGA Tour winners, but he says the best player he's taught in his career is his own daughter, Carly Ray.

"She came in 21st place in U.S. Amateur, which is the biggest tournament you can play in. Watched her win a Florida state high school golf championship, that was very exciting. It's been an honor. She's my best friend off the course. So, it was just really pleasant, is the best way I can describe it. Fun."

Carly Ray recently graduated from LSU, where she played for four years.

Barry also becomes close with his other students, including the kid he calls his "golf son", Kevin McManus.

McManus is going into his junior year at Union-Endicott High School, and is a member of the golf team.

He says that Barry's teaching is unparalleled, but that he's also an exceptional person off the course as well.

"I'll tell you right now, the Southern Tier lucked out. We all lucked out here. Every golfer knows it. I just don't have enough good, you can't say enough good things about him. He's just the type of person that you would always want to meet," McManus said.

So, the next time you hit the range at Polar Shot, keep an eye out for Barry, who'll always be looking to help your game...one swing at a time.

If you want to find out what Barry's best 6 tips he knows are, come out to Barnes and Noble on the Vestal Parkway on Saturday.

Barry will be there doing a free golf clinic.

You can get a copy of Golf Tips magazine, meet Barry, and get his autograph.

A well-deserved honor for a great, down-to-Earth guy.


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