Krieg: In Memorium

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Arthur Hart Blitz             March 18, 1941-October 4, 2017

Arthur Blitz loved his Keepers nickname.  Fact is Arthur loved everyone’s nickname.  Nicknames kind of set a fraternal tone that made The Keepers such a lure for him.  He loved playing golf but loved the idea of sharing the experience of golf with friends even more.

To those who knew him well, Arthur’s appetite for reading golf, watching golf, and talking about golf was insatiable.  For him The Keepers were a natural fit.  Arthur was all in on The Keepers koncepts-komraderie, kompetition, and kommunity service.  The traditions, etiquette, and rules of the game presented so many conundrums that stoked Arthur’s curiousity.

An abiding interest in the rules made him a driving force behind our Rules Education Program

 

which covered respect for the game, maintenance of our golf facilities, handicap compliance, and pace of play.

 

Producing these reminders provided an outlet for Arthur’s creative and playful side.

Arthur was intensely interested in improving his game and worked at it every day.  The resiliency of his attitude on the golf course was something special.  No matter what just happened, he was convinced that the next shot he was going to play would be his best shot ever.  This positive enthusiasm was contagious and made it a joy to spend time with him on the course.

When he wasn’t playing he would spend hours working on his game……

 

or talking about working on his game……..

Our kommunity service initiatives had a special place in Arthur’s heart.  Whether it was outings for the Wounded Veterans, a mentor day with First Tee Kids, or just raising money for worthy charities, he brought an infectious enthusiasm to everything we did.

He especially enjoyed time with the kids…showing support for their interest in the game

 

with a little encouragement, some fundamental pointers, and unbridled love.

For Arthur, golf with his buddies was as good as it gets.  He was a regular on destination golf trips and this is how most of us got to know him-his warmth, intelligence, and devotion to his friends.

Arthur loved the rhythm of a golf trip with friends…golf, eat, sleep, and golf some more.

 

No matter the conditions, he was all in on the experience.

 

Arthur didn’t mind rubbing elbows with celebrity either.

 

But most of all Arthur just liked hanging with his friends.

 

In the words of fellow Keeper Joe Baldinger, “Arthur was the quintessential sage old lawyer, low key, yet focused, golf competitor and all around kind and decent man. His passing does create a void in our band of golfers as he was a sterling character amongst a sea of tarnished individuals.”

More than anything, Arthur Blitz was our good friend and we will miss him.

There will be one less set of footprints in the dew laden fairways early in the morning, but we will hold in our hearts as a blessing the fond memories of him and of good times we spent together.

(Click to read the obituary for Arthur Blitz)

3 thoughts on “Krieg: In Memorium

    Ronald M. Hirschel said:
    October 9, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Thanks for this touching tribute to Arthur.

    golfteebas101 said:
    October 9, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    Moe,

    I am in California now so I can’t tell you in person what a wonderful memorial that you wrote.

    What a nice way of remembering Arthur.

    Thanks for all that you do.

    All the best,

    Tom

    Sent from my iPad

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      randy weiss said:
      October 10, 2017 at 3:29 pm

      Moe, While before joining WCC I only knew Arthur in a professional capacity, it is clear to me that he acted professionally and socially truly as a MENSCH. It was indeed a mensch. rw

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