He reveres his father, Dave, whose coaching and front office career took him from Iowa to Lamar (Tim played high school ball in Beaumont, Texas) to the Cleveland Browns to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL. Tim moved a half-dozen times before attending the University of Findlay in Ohio.
"I loved watching Dad — going to practice every day, setting up the (tackling) dummies, fielding punts," he said.
It's no coincidence you can find a "TD" in Timothy Daniel Beckman, whose oldest son is named Tyler David. Daughter Lindsay avoided a football-themed moniker, and Tim said he wanted his youngest son to be named Tanner. But wife Kim opted for Patrick Alexander, calling him Tim's "Point After."
"That's who she is," Beckman said, marveling at the ideal football coach's wife. "She doesn't know if the ball is stuffed or blown up, but she makes birthday cakes for all the players."
Beckman's round also ended with a celebration. He hit the flagstick on a 30-yard chip to make par on the 18th.
He did not leave it dang short.
Five-second bio: The second-year Illinois football coach counts Urban Meyer, Mike Gundy and Jim Tressel among his mentors.
Where: Olympia Fields Country Club, North Course (member regular tees: 6,605 yards).
Beckman's handicap: He has played only one full round over the last three years.
What he shot: 102.
Scouting report on his game: "I can't hit the irons."