Mike Ritz joined Golf Channel in 1994 as the first-ever reporter for the network, joining Brian Hammons as one of only two original Golf Channel on-air personalities still with the network. Ritz currently serves as a studio host typically for the network’s coverage of European Tour, as well as select LPGA Tour events played outside of the United States.
Through his years at Golf Channel, Ritz has covered every Tour extensively and has taken on a variety of jobs. He previously anchored Golf Central, hosted Golf Channel specials, and worked on live tournament coverage as both a play-by-play host and interviewer.
Ritz earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Wisconsin before getting his masters at Columbia University's prestigious graduate school of journalism. He was a walk-on member of the Wisconsin golf team, qualifying and competing in several events during his junior and senior year. He has won multiple local long-drive competitions.
Prior to Golf Channel, Ritz worked at several local television stations in Los Angeles, Dallas and Washington, D.C. While working in Washington he covered everything from the White House to the Redskins. A Washington D.C. area native, Ritz grew up in the Maryland suburbs.