Tim Roseforte was one of the finest American golf reporters widely recognized for his journalistic abilities. Regrettably, the well-known golf reporter passed away at 66 after battling Alzheimer’s disease.
On Tuesday, January 11, 2021, it was disclosed that the renowned golf reporter named Tim Roseforte passed away due to Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Golf Channel website, it was reported that his demise occurred in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Roseforte was born in Mount Kisco, New York, on October 24, 1955, and passed away at the age of 66. He attended the University of Bridgeport and later transferred to the University of Rhode Island, where he became a golf insider.
He was the inaugural journalist to be granted honorary membership by the PGA of America. He retired from his journalistic career in 2019 after marking an incredible career of over 40 years in newspapers, magazines, books, and brochures.
A statement was issued by PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan in which he said, “The PGA Tour family lost a friend today in Tim Rosaforte, one of the great golf journalists of his generation.”
He further stated, “Tim was an incredible storyteller and devoted much of his energy to showcasing what sets golf apart from other sports — the people and the personalities.”
The PGA Tour Commissioner also expressed that it was an honor to be a part of the golf community where Tim was operating. He mentioned that Tim had treated the organization and its athletes fairly.
He spoke what was proper and didn’t possess irrelevant intentions toward any player or individual. He would receive most of the latest news calls first, and it wasn’t just the initial phone call he would receive.
He would receive the accurate phone call with the correct information on the first attempt. He concluded that Roseforte was the most outstanding golf reporter the golf community could ever have.
The social media was abuzz following the announcement of his tragic passing. Fans were surprised and expressed profound condolences for the journalist’s family. Phil Mickelson and Jack Nicklaus were also observed among the fans lauding his work ethic.
Mickelson posted on Twitter saying, “Tim was one of the best at what he did. “He lifted those around him and shared insight into the game of golf from an engaging and positive perspective.”
He wrapped up his post by adding, “He will be remembered by so many he came in contact with and we are all better for having known him.”
“Many hearts, including Barbara’s & mine, hurt today after the passing of our friend Tim Rosaforte.” Nicholas Interjected, “Tim had a wonderful ability to develop trust from so many, and because of that — plus his work ethic — if there was an important story to be told in golf, Tim usually reported it first.”
Roseforte joins the ranks with former Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Gerald Ford, and George H.W. Bush and nine-time major champion Gary Player by becoming the 12th individual to receive the American Honorary Member Award.
Due to his tireless efforts made for the golf industry, he garnered numerous awards in his 40-year career. To honor his illustrious career, Honda rechristened its media center.
He worked for news organizations including Tampa Times, Palm Beach Post, Sports Illustrated, and Golf Digest over his career, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
He also secured a deal to work on golf broadcast roles with USA Network and the NBC-Golf Channel reporting team during this time.
Beyond his career, the fans are extending heartfelt sympathies to Tim’s family, who are experiencing a painful period in their lives.