"hit the links" in Beaver County, you undoubtedly know the
name Garen Steele. He has been a great asset to the game of
golf due to his tireless efforts.
Yet despite what Garen has done for golf
locally, he didn't find the game until he was almost 30
A graduate of New Brighton High School in
1969 where he was a letter winner in baseball and football,
Garen enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years with a
tour in Vietnam. Upon returning to the States, he completed
some credits at Kansas State University and then returned
home to Beaver County's once booming steel industry. In
1982, after being laid off from Babcock & Wilcox, he
interestingly turned to golf as a hobby while working
part-time at several jobs to support his family. Garen
quickly took to the game and the business and became the
Assistant Pro to now lifelong friend and Head Pro Frank
Aquino at Black Hawk Golf Course.
Garen became a PGA Professional, excelling
as an instructor, a player finishing high in many Tri-State
PGA events, and an overall promoter of the game of golf.
Eventually becoming the Head Pro at Black Hawk, Garen has
been named the Tri-State PGA Merchandiser of the Year,
served as the Blackhawk High School Boys' Golf Coach, and
was instrumental in bringing and teaching the First Tee
Program for Youth to Black Hawk Golf Course. Garen has
taught individual and group clinics for years to local
golfers, and organized many successful and charitable golf
events for local public and private entities.
Garen's proudest accomplishment in event
planning has been the Beaver County Times/Black Hawk Golf
Course Senior Tournament, which he created with the
assistance of the Beaver County Times Sports Editor
Ed Rose and Sports Writer
(whom he now joins as members of the Beaver County Sports
Hall of Fame). The event remains one of the largest single
day golf events for local senior golfers to display their
After spending 27 years at Black Hawk,
Garen finished his full time golf career at Shadow Lakes
Country Club, retiring in 2012. He now works part-time at
Stonecrest Golf Course, where he remains one of the most
popular golf personalities in the area.
Garen is happily married to Sue and has
two children: Dax and Shannon. He enjoys fishing and
babysitting his three grandchildren: Macyn, Ren, and Corin.