Thomas Andrew Bean is a professional golfer who was born on March 13, 1953 in LaFayette, Georgia. Bean is best known for his 11 PGA Tour victories, as well as for his acclaim and recognition during his amateur and professional golf playing.
Bean was raised in Jekyll Island, Georgia, where early on he was already associated with golf. His father owns a golf course, and soon enough Bean learned to play the game well. He then studied at the University of Florida located in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for the Florida Gators varsity golf team.
At the time Bean was still a student, he was already reaping awards at amateur tournaments. Together with other future PGA Tour players such as Phil Hancock, Woody Blackburn, and Gary Koch, Bean formed the 1973 Gators varsity team that eventually stormed the gates of the NCAA Championships as well as lorded over the Southeastern Conference. In fact, Bean was then inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame in 1978.
Bean subsequently turned pro in 1975 after college, and was recognized as a dominant player in the PGA Tour from 1977 to 1986. He was successful enough that he did not finish outside the top 35 of the money list during that time. His first PGA Tour victory was when he won the Doral-Eastern Open in 1977, and his very last victory was at the Byron Nelson Golf Classic that was held in 1986.
Bean has won 11 PGA Tour championships, but has not yet won a single Major Championship.