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.
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.
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.
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.
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.