2018 PGA Show: The Full Monty!!!

1The 2018 PGA Show; before, after, and during was over the top!

Wednesday Morning Day One of 2018 PGA Show!   (Facebook Post with 30 Pics, Andy Reistetter, 1/24/18)

Wednesday Day One afternoon is turning into evening… three parties, I mean receptions, I mean business meetings! Gathering even more ideas for Ely Park GC. Media wise met some really, really creative people & saw some old friends! TROML Baby!    (Facebook Post with 30 Pics, Andy Reistetter, 1/24/18)

34WOW, what a day! Day Two of the PGA Show was a huge success… privileged to sit in on Bill Hughes highly motivational, highly inspirational education seminar on building high performance teams (good timing or what?)…. to placing my first apparel order utilizing the Ely park GC legacy logo (independent of lease outcome, I am celebrating a bid well done!)… to connecting with the amazing Paula Mullins Worster who connected me with the Amazing Thailand Travel Group… and in between the Women of Golf… Award Winning Ann Liguori… Coach Lou Holtz et al… a fashion show… Tiger golfing again on TV… and seeing lots of friends! TROML Baby!!!   (Facebook Post with 30 Pics, Andy Reistetter, 1/25/18)

120WOW, third, and FINAL Day of the PGA Show is in the books! Besides getting my media work done I was able to place some merchandise orders for Ely Park GC with the new legacy logo! Hoping to be awarded the lease and either way we will be celebrating Ely’s 100th Birthday in 15 years in 2033! Never too early to start planning! Bought hats, shirts, T-Shirts with St. Andrews, Pebble Beach, Augusta National, and Ely Park GC Binghamton, NY on the back (cracks me up, I love it), flags, martini tees, two-sided poker chip with both ‘Youth For Golf’ and the Legacy logos, bag tags…. and crystal for the club champions, ladies & men’s, three flights! It is going to be FUN to be a member at Ely Park this year! Even more FUN if I get to be the new management! Bring on the bling for the ladies! Elegant Ely dining nights…. oh yeah back to the PGA Show…. it’s done, finished! Onward to the Innisbrook, A Salamander Golf & Spa Resort for a GTWA weekend! It was a GREAT show this year! TROML Baby!   (Facebook Post with 30 Pics, Andy Reistetter, 1/26/18)

Celebrating another great PGA Show with SJ, my friend for life!    (Facebook Post with 1 Pic, Andy Reistetter, 1/26/18)

2018 PGA Show: Folds of Honor at the House of Blues…

Folds of Honor… very inspirational what they do for the families of our fallen heroes… please play Patriotic Golf Day to support this great cause!   (Facebook Post with 30 Pic, Andy Reistetter, 1/24/18)

2018 PGA Show: Tour Edge Outing at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club!

21Day One of the PGA Show was really Monday at the over the top TOUR Edge outing at Lake Nona Golf & CC! BEST golf outing of Andy’s life! TROML Baby!


Chuck Will of the CBS Golf Team Passes at Age 91 after a Legendary Career!

Frank Chirkinian (left) with Chuck Will.   Photo Credit: Golf.com

Frank Chirkinian (left) with Chuck Will. Photo Credit: Golf.com

Chuck Will… I never met the man, as he retired ten years before I came looking for work with CBS Sports on the PGA TOUR, but I feel like I have through the people he and Frank Chirkinian hired and developed over many years. From the stories I have heard, I think Michael Bamberger aced his eulogy for the man behind the scenes. With gratitude to Michael for doing so and to Mr. Chuck Will for all that he did to bring golf into the lives of millions around the world!

By Michael Bamberger, Posted on Golf.com on Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Strange, powerful forces — in this case the PGA Tour and CBS Sports — had to work in tandem to produce a person as spectacular and unique as Chuck Will, who died in his home outside Philadelphia, some hours after the Eagles’ victory over the New York Giants Sunday afternoon on FOX. Will’s TV was tuned to it, but only because there was no golf to watch on CBS. He was 91.

Chuck Will had various official titles over his decades with the only network for which he worked, but his main role in his adult life was as the alter ego to Frank Chirkinian, another son of Philadelphia and the man who all but invented golf on TV. If you like the Masters on CBS, you are admiring Chirkinian’s work and the legacy of it. Only some would know that it was Chuck Will who got the broadcast out of the CBS production truck and into your living room. He did it with a force of personality the likes of which will never be seen again. Ask anyone who knew him.

All through golf, or at least in a certain segment of it, there were tributes in the wake of the news, some public, most otherwise. Will’s caustic humor and immense insight into people left an indelible mark on all who knew him. If you happened to see Jim Nantz, flying home after working the Steelers-Patriots game in Pittsburgh, you would have seen a man raining tears. But also from scores of other CBS golf people, active and retired, he hired, inspired and befriended over the years, including spotters, cameramen, producers, statisticians, announcers, electricians, gofers, boom operators and the rest.

The people Will hired and knew in the game came from every walk of life. He had a particular soft spot for down-on-their-luck caddies and he could see in the game’s stars — Nicklaus, Palmer, Floyd, Faldo, Woods — both their foibles and their inherent greatness. Will was as clear-eyed as a man could be. That’s why Chirkinian depended on him so. Will hired and groomed the man who eventually took over Chirkinian’s role, Lance Barrow.

Last year, Will, in an interview with Sports Illustrated, shared some insights into two golf icons, Chirkinian and Palmer. He said, “Arnold was built for the camera. He was flamboyant. He walked off that tee and he was striding. He was leading and he was going to win again. But they needed somebody to put that camera on the guy’s face and know exactly how long to leave it there, and that guy was the little Armenian.”

David Feherty never did a 'Feherty' on Chuck Will that I know of... Photo Credit: David Cannon/Getty Images

David Feherty never did a ‘Feherty’ on Chuck Will that I know of… Photo Credit: David Cannon/Getty Images

Will had a nickname for every person he knew, and that was what he called Chirkinian. He called Earl Woods “The Colonel,” Clifford Roberts “The Old Man,” and Gene Sarazen “Squire.” (Not “The Squire.” Other people used that.) Over the years, and later aided and abetted by David Feherty, Will developed a whole bit, rooted in reality, about the different types of “a–holes” that populated the PGA Tour. He was profane but his vocabulary was precise and his grammar was perfect.

Chirkinian’s domain was the art of the golf broadcast, the storytelling that is at the heart of any live sporting event. (The two men also produced U.S. Open tennis for CBS for years.) The mechanics of it all fell to Will. His own father was a rear admiral in the United States Navy and Will inherited the ability to roll with whatever came, to expect the unexpected. (Bad weather, golf balls hit into odd places, slow play, boring leaders, blowout winners.) He was a TV natural, even if his training for it had been as a cardboard-box salesman.

Chuck enlisted in the Navy at age 17, during World War II, and served on the USS San Juan in the South Pacific.

He earned seven battle stars. He knew a world far more demanding than anything the PGA Tour or its broadcasts could ever require. With the lights on, he was cool, even if the tournament unfolding before him was not complying. When the Army-Navy game was played in Philadelphia on Dec. 14, the CBS broadcasters had a nice shout-out to Will, while remembering his father, too. Twenty years into retirement, he was not remotely forgotten.

Charles Edward Will, a trim and dapper man, came up in a different time. He got by on his wits, his wit, his storytelling, his candor. He knew what he was: a high-class Philadelphia golf bum who had found a home in the Directors Guild of America. He could play, and he competed in one U.S. Amateur. He once shot 65 in a Philadelphia tournament. The local golf writer wanted to write up Will and his subpar round. Will said, “Talk to somebody else.” He had taken a slide from work.

It was Chirkinian who got Will to stop drinking and it was Will who could tell Chirkinian what was really happening on Tour, even when the boss didn’t want to hear it. Likely nobody knew more about the Tour’s underbelly than Chuck Will, because so many of the caddies were indebted to him — literally — and they told him about the life on Tour as it existed beyond the reach of the CBS cameras. How exactly that informed and improved the network’s coverage is impossible to say. But it did.

Anticipating the final chapter of his life, Will once said, “I’ve instructed Kathleen, my beautiful bride who remains 29 years younger than I, to buy a first-class ticket to San Francisco, carrying my remains in a box or urn. I want her to get in a car, drive south to the Seal Rock lookout, to that little parking spot there and, with Cypress Point right behind her, distribute me into the Pacific, with the barking seals.”

Seal Rock is up the road up the beach from Pebble Beach, and Pebble was one of Will’s favorite Tour stops, along with Augusta, Hilton Head, Colonial, Hawaii, Westchester, Doral — and every other place the travel department of CBS Sports sent him. In a sense, but only that, Will’s life on tour was limited. From a swivel chair in a trailer in another TV compound, with a phone in one ear and his tinted glasses on his nose, Chuck Will had his eyes on every player, caddie, wife, official, groupie, sponsor and equipment guy on Tour, whether he could see them or not. There is no device that can measure such unique vision. But anybody who knew Chuck Will knew that he had it.

2017 World Golf Hall of Fame Induction: Longhurst, Love, Mallon, Ochoa, & Woosnam!

Painting Credit: WGHOF

Painting Credit: WGHOF

I missed the 2017 WGHOF Induction on September 26, 2017 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City the week of the Presidents Cup. But I did have the opportunity to visit the WGHOF later in November to see the inductee display cases after a volunteer tour guide training session by Dr. Tony Parker. Here is my Facebook post and 30 pics along with the inductee bios found below the pictures!

Congratulations to the World Golf Hall of Fame Class of 2017—Henry Longhurst, Davis Love III, Meg Mallon, Lorena Ochoa and Ian Woosnam! These five Inductees will bring the total number of World Golf Hall of Fame Members to 155.

Dr. Tony Parker

Dr. Tony Parker

NEVER miss an opportunity to hear Dr. Tony Parker speak whether in person or on the Golf Channel! He brings the history of golf alive! Nice visit to the Hall this morning, 2017 Inductee exhibits are really, really well done! Congratulations to Meg Mallon, Lorena Ochoa Reyes, Henry Longhurst, Davis Love III, & Ian Woosnam! All of who I have met except Longhurst, who is dead. Everything is first class at the World Golf Hall of Fame!   (Facebook Post with 30 Pics, Andy Reistetter, 11-17-17)

Inductee Bios from the WGHOF website:

Henry Longhurst, United Kingdom

25A weekly columnist for the London Sunday Times for 40 years. He was also considered to be the first golf TV personality providing coverage for the BBC from the 1950s until his death in 1978.

“Henry Longhurst did something that no other journalist has done. He proved to be as apt, succinct, colorful, informative and compelling to listen to as he had been to read. He captivated people. He has influenced golf in the same way as many Hall of Fame members. I’m really pleased that we have recognized his achievements.” – John Hopkins


Davis Love III, United States

29In a career that has spanned four decades on the PGA TOUR, Love has notched 22 victories including the 1997 PGA Championship and two victories at The PLAYERS Championship in 1992 and 2003. His quality of play has earned him a place on six U.S. Ryder Cup teams and six Presidents Cup teams. He has captained two Ryder Cup teams, including the victorious 2016 team.  Love is a recipient of both the Payne Stewart and Bob Jones Awards.

“Davis is a fixture on the PGA TOUR and has been for decades. He has contributed so much to the image of the game because of who he is, and the way he handles himself. Love is extremely well-respected by the other players, so having him contribute his time and energy to making the organization work better has been a very impactful thing. It makes us all smile to see him get the recognition he deserves and be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.” -PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem

“Davis has an outstanding record not only as a player but as a gentleman. He’s been a tremendous contributor and has been an all-around man for golf. It’s terrific to see him in the World Golf Hall of Fame.” -Gary Player

Meg Mallon, United States

26Her 18 career LPGA Tour victories and four Major Championships are just part of Mallon’s winning make-up. A member of nine Solheim Cup teams (captain in 2013), Mallon was recognized during the LPGA’s 50th Anniversary as one of the LPGA’s top-50 players and teachers. She also earned the Golf Writers Association of America Female Player of the Year award in 1991.

“Meg Mallon has been a great player and a great contributor. She has been involved heavily in the game of golf. Everybody likes her; everybody knows what her talent is. She’s just an amazing gal, a fellow Buckeye and great member of the Class of 2017.” -Jack Nicklaus

Lorena Ochoa Reyes, Mexico

28In her first full season on the LPGA Tour, Ochoa Reyes had eight top-10 finishes, finished ninth on the LPGA Tour’s money list and was named Rookie of the Year. She finished with 27 victories on the LPGA Tour, including two major championships.  She was ranked World Number One for 158 consecutive weeks (2007-2010). In a three-year stretch (2006-2008), she won 21 tournaments, including the two majors and in 2008, she dominated with wins by as many as 11 strokes on more than one occasion.  Ochoa Reyes will be the first Mexican-born golfer to enter into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

“Being Mexican myself but being born in the United States, I’ve always been very proud of Lorena Ochoa, what she’s accomplished and the way she’s accomplished it with class and style. She is a role model for Mexican children. They can look at her and say, ‘She did it. Why can’t we?’” -Nancy Lopez

“Lorena’s record speaks for itself. In addition to her wins on the LPGA, she also won Player of the Year numerous times. She has so many awards, which just shows how much she contributed to the game. She has reached a demographic that we didn’t see before.” -Annika Sorenstam

Ian Woosnam, United Kingdom

27“Woosie,” winner of the 1991 Masters Tournament, sat atop the Official World Golf Rankings for 50 weeks throughout 1991 and 1992. His sterling play led him to represent Europe in eight consecutive Ryder Cup teams from 1983 to 1997. Woosnam won the Order of Merit as the leading money winner on the European Tour and named European Player of the Year in 1987 and 1990. In recognition of his contributions to golf, he was awarded the Queen’s honor of Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2006.

“Woosie got a lot out of his game. He was a great competitor and handled himself very well. He’s been on a lot of Ryder Cup teams and captained quite a bit. He’s been a great contributor to golf from the European side, and I’m delighted to have him inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.” -Jack Nicklaus


The Beach House, Holiday Inn Resort, my Home on Hilton Head Island!

The Beach House, not your ordinary Holiday Inn … The RBC Heritage, not your ordinary tournment on the PGA TOUR… Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, an extraordinary tourist destination! Good to see some old friends & meet some new ones!   (Facebook Post,

Frosty My Love, Gone All Too Soon…

With Frosty at the Deutsche Bank final on Labor Day 2016.

With Frosty at the Deutsche Bank final on Labor Day 2016.

WOW, what a shocker to learn my good buddy Frosty, a.k.a Jeffrey Rothstein of Delray Beach, Florida, has gone to the Big Golf Course in the Sky. Frosty My Love, Gone All Too Soon…

We first met in 2008 at the Ryder Cup in Valhalla and its been pretty much off to the races since then! Nearly ten years of walking the fairways together, teeing it up together and going out to dinner together. Frosty, for all of us blessed to know him, was a “together” guy.

He lived his life with gusto, persevered through health setbacks courageously and simply loved life and loved the people he met in life along the way. I Count myself truly fortunate to be one of those people.

The early days, the 2009 PLAYERS, the day we honored President Bush No. 41 and hung out with Pete Dye for a little bit!

The early days, the 2009 PLAYERS, the day we honored President Bush No. 41 and hung out with Pete Dye for a little bit!

He was the consummate good guy. If you were going to be anywhere near Delray Beach he wanted you to come by and visit. He was a generous man, always with a room for you to stay overnight and he was a wonderful chef too. His generosity went far beyond what most people knew, including offering long term shelter at his house to people who just needed a place to call home.

We were always laughing but right now I can’t remember any of the jokes. I do know he enjoyed eating with me or at least putting up with me with all my unknowingly “mhmm, mhmm, mhmm,” appreciatively enjoying my dinner. We shared hotel rooms together quite a few times over the years, probably more than he wanted to but that was the kind of guy he was.

Celebrating a good round and a good time a few years ago at Berkeley Hall!

Celebrating a good round and a good time a few years ago at Berkeley Hall!

It’s hard to believe he is gone and won’t be at the Somes’ PLAYERS party in a few months. Let’s do something special to honor Frosty this year at THE PLAYERS.

I guess this is where you have to feel the pain, bite the lip, and carry on knowing you were blessed to know the person and have so many wonderful memories… here’s a fw of them in the photo gallery below…

Frosty My Love, Gone All Too Soon…

“Innerviewed” by Ann Ligouri, An Amazing Lifetime Experience!!!

Here it is the “Innerview” by Ann Ligouri which was an amazing experience! It’s fun to be interviewed by someone who gets you and what you are trying to do. Definitely a combination of Golf, Travel, and TROML Baby! Her introduction says it all and is one of the nicest compliments of my life! Thanks Ann!

“Here to brighten up the morning is my good friend Andy Reistetter who is a travel extraordinaire and an explorer of places and people. Andy collects friends all over the world and deposits his smile and positive attitude along the way.”—Ann Ligouri

With Ann Ligouri under the Oak Tree at the 2016 Masters.

With Ann Ligouri under the Oak Tree at the 2016 Masters.

Looking forward to being ‘innerviewed’ by my friend, the incomparable Ann Liguori, on her radio show tomorrow Saturday morning at 9 am EST. You can hear ‘Sports Innerview with Ann Liguori’ LIVE from 9-10AM EST on www.peconicpublicbroadcasting.org & for those closer to The Hamptons, on WPPB 88.3 FM, Long Island’s only NPR affiliate. Each show is archived in the radio section of www.annliguori.com. Thinking we will be talking about Olympic Golf but who knows where a conversation with Ann will go! Who can tell where this picture was taken?  (Facebook Post with 1 pic, 10/21/16, Andy Reistetter).

Hmmm… Ann is quite the artist and so far has artistically dodged my attempts to interview her… stay tuned!!!


Sorry Charlie Rose, Jack Nicklaus is the “Greatest All-Time,” not Tiger Woods!

Tiger & Jack, both Masters Champions but Jack has 18 majors and Tiger only 14 and that hasn't changed in the last 8 years! Photo Credit: GolfPunkHQ

Tiger & Jack, both Masters Champions but Jack has 18 majors and Tiger only 14 and that hasn’t changed in the last 8 years! Photo Credit: GolfPunkHQ

Sorry Charlie Rose… awesome Tiger Woods interview with Charlie Rose but he did not do his research… Tiger Woods is on record as saying Jack is “the Greatest All-Time”, not Tiger Wooids… just sharing Tiger Woods’ words from PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem… (Facebook Post with link to article, 10/21/16, Andy Reistetter)

Tiger Woods Admits Jack Nicklaus Forever Better than Me


A Tribute to Arnold Palmer, Forever The King! (1929-2016)

Mr. Palmer passed on September 25, 2016 at age 87 and will forever be 'The King!'

Mr. Palmer passed on September 25, 2016 at age 87 and will forever be ‘The King!’

Took a stroll through the World Golf Hall of Fame this afternoon thinking about Arnold Palmer… member of the inaugural WGHOF class in 1974… his presence & spirit permeates the Hall like it does the game of golf… Long live the King!   (Facebook Post with a link to the article below, 10/20/16, Andy Reistetter).

Click on article and see pictures below!


Mr. Palmer, It was an Honor to Meet You!