TAMPA – If you ask Andy Pfeiffer for an hour to talk, don’t even think about being done in 60 minutes.
Pfeiffer has enough stories to last for much more than that. In his 93 years, he’s been in the U.S. Air Force, he’s been a wedding singer and has sung with some musical legends, he’s been a golfer, and it goes on and on from there.
He has a scrapbook that he is proud of and it only scratches the surface. It’s been a full 93 years of life and he hasn’t even thought about how it might end. He still works almost every day at Rocky Point Golf Club and is showing no signs of slowing down.
After four years in the Air Force and a career as a wedding singer – by the way, he was also, and still is, a great dancer – he discovered golf. Pfeiffer has never been a large man and, at 5-foot-4-inches, he was often mistaken for a jockey. He met his late wife, Millie, while driving a speedboat. He had tried to woo her for a while but when the speedboat had some engine problems, Pfeiffer simply took things under his control. He asked Millie if she liked him. He got a yes on that and told her that he loved her. They were married for 49 years.
He works at Rocky Point picking up golf balls with an invention he came up with himself. He volunteers and it gives him time to just be around the golf course, a more recent obsession. After spending his life in New York, he came to Tampa, a place he figured was nothing but bugs. A lifelong baseball player, it took him a while to warm up to the sport of golf.
Soon, he was taking time to work with the golfers at Jefferson High School. The one thing he was most proud of is that his players never cheated.
“I told them from the start to never ever cheat,” Pfeiffer said, taking a break from the rain in the Rocky Point clubhouse. “It’s a special game and you just don’t cheat.”
Employed by the sanitation department in New York before moving to Florida, it was his son who convinced him to hit a few golf balls.
“I didn’t know anything about golf,” Pfeiffer said. “I hit about six balls that first day and didn’t know what I was doing. They were all about a few feet from the flag. I didn’t like golf and didn’t want to play 18 holes.”
His first time out he shot an 84 which, for most weekend golfers, is a really great day. He was talked into entering a tournament and was shocked when he found out he shot a 75 and finished first.
He’s a fixture at Rocky Point. Ask for Andy, and the staff knows whom you want to talk to. On rainy days, he is hanging out in the golf cart shack with everyone else, telling stories about the past and present. His eyes twinkle.
“You know something,” Pfeiffer asked. “I have had a great life. I’ve done everything, had a wonderful wife and a full life. I get to be around a golf course every day. What could be better? And I can still sing.’’