Mike Ritz

Anchor, Golf Central

Mike Ritz is the first reporter hired by the Golf Channel and joins Brian Hammons as one of only two original Golf Channel on-air personalities still with the team.  Through the years Ritz has covered every Tour extensively and has taken on a variety of jobs.  He has anchored Golf Central; hosted dozens of Golf Channel specials and has worked on live tournament coverage as both the play-by-play host and player-interviewer.

He earned his Bachelor's degree at the University of Wisconsin and then his Masters at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.  Mike was a walk-on member of the Wisconsin golf team -- qualifying and playing his junior and senior years for the Badgers.  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 The White House as well as the Washington Redskins.  Ritz is a D.C. native, having grown up in the Maryland suburbs.

ARTICLES BY Mike Ritz

  • By MIKE RITZ
    2/11/04 -- This should be one beautiful Buick. The car companys Invitational just outside San Diego has attracted a fine field

  • By GEORGE WHITE
    1/14/04 -- Tuesday at the Sony, Michelle lived out the kind of dream every teen-aged athlete has had.

  • By MIKE RITZ
    10/13/03 -- Millions come to Las Vegas with dreams of grandeur. Few leave as winners. Stuart Appleby is one of those lucky few.

  • By MIKE RITZ
    There were quite a few players Tuesday who were a bit lighter in the wallet.

  • By MIKE RITZ
    7/14/03 - Kenny Perry had himself a nice little career going. Entering this season, the kindly Kentucky gentleman had won four times

  • By MIKE RITZ
    7/8/03 - Virtually every woman who plays golf can remember as a little girl when she said, This is to win the U.S. Open.

  • 7/3/03 -- Six years ago, on the eve of the first U.S. Womens Open here at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, the eyes of the golf world were focused on Annika Sorenstam.

  • By MIKE RITZ
    5/5/03 - Its about time! Finally, Steve Flesch is a PGA Tour champion .

  • By MIKE RITZ
    4/30/03 - One year ago, here in New Orleans, a win changed the world for K.J. Choi.

  • By MIKE RITZ
    4/20/03 -- The only thing wrong was the shirt.