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Golf writer, Broadcaster Tim Rosaforte dies at 66 after battle with Alzheimer’s

Tim Rosaforte, the first journalist to be awarded honorary membership by the PGA of America, has died after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, Golf Channel announced Tuesday. He was 66.

Rosaforte retired in December 2019 after a career that spanned more than 40 years in newspapers, magazines, books and television.

“The PGA Tour family lost a friend today in Tim Rosaforte, one of the great golf journalists of his generation,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said in a statement. “Tim was an amazing storyteller and spent much of his energy on showcasing what sets golf apart from other sports — the people and the personalities.

“A true professional, Tim always treated our organization and our athletes fairly, writing and speaking with opinion but without an agenda. He never stopped working the phones, ensuring that he not only got the story first, he got the story right. Those phone calls — and Tim’s gentle spirit — will be missed tremendously by all of us lucky enough to be a part of the greater golf community.”

There was an outpouring of condolences on social media from throughout the golf world, with Phil Mickelson and Jack Nicklaus among those to praise Rosaforte for his work.

“Tim was one of the best at what he did,” Mickelson tweeted. “He lifted those up around him and shared insight into the game of golf from an interesting and positive point of view. He will be remembered by so many he came in contact with and we are all better for having known him.”

Added Nicklaus: “Many hearts, including Barbara’s & mine, hurt today after the passing of our friend Tim Rosaforte. Tim had a wonderful ability to develop trust from so many, and because of that — plus his work ethic — if there was an important story to be told in golf, Tim usually reported it first.”

In 2020, Rosaforte became just the 12th person to be appointed a PGA of America honorary member, joining a list that includes former Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, and nine-time major champion Gary Player.

Rosaforte was honored with numerous awards over his career, including the PGA of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism. The Honda Classic renamed its media center in his honor.

He wrote for the Tampa Times, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, Sports Illustrated and Golf Digest over his career, while also taking on golf broadcast roles with USA Network and the NBC-Golf Channel reporting team.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

So sad, Alzheimers is an absolute brutal disease and just takes away so many great people. I hope and pray one day, we find something that can eliminate this terrible illness. Thoughts and prayers go out to the Rosaforte family.

Get your 2022 LFG NH Memberships

Memberships are now available for our upcoming LFG NH Season. We have lowered our membership rates for this upcoming season. If you do not need a GHIN through Live Free Golf please let us know and we will pro rate your membership to $110 for the year which will include a hat and discounted rates per event, plus discounts at various stores and golf websites as we get those added on in the upcoming months

Click on the link to register.

I think we missed out big time on the Chi Chi Rodriguez era

Last few days I have been able to catch a few videos of the Great Chi Chi Rodriguez, and I got to be honest. I think we missed out one of the best golf entertainers to have played. I was trying to figure out who I could compare him to in this day and age but there was no one that had the showmanship that Chi Chi has. This sword move he has, which he is best known for becomes to smooth that he looks like Zoro out there after he drains a putt. It is damn impressive and I hope one day, we get another player who has the ability to entertain with his moves as much as Chi Chi did.

Rob Labritz getting his Champions Tour card will give you the feels.

This is a great video, You can clearly tell how hard Rob has worked for this moment and I am sure he was beginning to think it may never happen. This is one of the great things about golf, you are never to old to chase your dream.

MLB Player Will Myers is suing Country Club because he wasn’t able to get tee times during the pandemic

The short version: Myers joined the club, the pandemic hit and tee times became tough to get. Hardly a news story to any golfer. But the story gets strange given that Myers will make $22.5 million next year and is being sued for non-payment after resigning due to the lack of availability.

According to Myers’ counter-claim, all of this came as an unpleasant surprise. He said he joined the club after being assured that there were ample tee times available on both of Carmel’s courses. Instead, according to his court filing, Myers “found it almost impossible to find a tee time and frequently could not even use the driving range.” He and Margaret resigned their membership in December, telling the club that they had been duped into paying for golf privileges that they couldn’t enjoy. The club responded by citing the provisions of the Myerses’ membership contract and billing them for the $64,000 initiation balance, with a due date of Dec. 31, 2020, and some $785 in outstanding golf shop purchases and overdue charges. Carmel sued last March.

Myers fired back in June, claiming in his countersuit that he and his wife had been victimized by Carmel’s “knowing misrepresentations and omissions” which his complaint described as “immoral, unethical and unscrupulous.”

That seems a tad excessive.

RIP to Lee Elder, First black person to play in the Masters

Sad news out of the Golf World as Legendary Golfer Lee Elder passed away yesterday at the age of 87. This video I posted was from this years Masters tournament which Elder was an honorary starter for the first time ever at Augusta. If you guys get a chance, read up on what Elder went through during his life. It is quite the accomplishment as he handled several death threats and more people who did not want him on the Augusta grounds than people who supported him being there. Thank you for your contributions to the game of golf, and also the game of life Lee, you will be missed.

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