P. Chet Walsh
PHILADELPHIA COUNTRY CLUB
2017 Ford Explorer
DON’T TAKE OFFENSE if Walsh declines your
offer to place his golf clubs in the trunk. There is
a method to the organizational madness.
“Whenever anybody offers to put my clubs
in the trunk, I say, ‘No’ because they have to
go in a certain way,” Walsh, 53, of Wayne, Pa.,
said. “From April through November, the golf
clubs are in there. I haven’t used club storage
[at Philadelphia Country Club] since I had a car.
I’m playing everywhere. When I open up the
trunk on a sales call, guys are like, ‘Whoa.’ I
say, ‘Have sticks, will travel.’”
Travel he does. A lot. As a regional manager
for Golf Cart Specialties, Walsh averages 20-
28,000 miles on the road annually. The trunk is
key to his golf operation.
Work inventory includes a container filled
with informational brochures, tie-down straps
and a tow hitch. Emergency roadside equipment is a no-brainer, given Walsh’s profession.
Golf-wise, a stretching pole is the most recent
addition to his cargo. It joins veterans such as
the bucket hat (a Walsh trademark since 2008)
and the golf shoe (five pairs worn on rotation).
“Very few times do I pick my golf shoes
based on my outfit, compared to my friends,”
he said. “If I start to play golf in late February
or March, I’m only going to wear the oldest
pair in there.”
Walsh’s trunk undergoes an extreme make-
over during the winter. Save for his trusty con-
tainer, all golf equipment is removed and stored
in the basement. In come three mesh bags of
basketballs and a bag containing a first-aid kit,
scorebooks, notes, air pumps, ice packs and
whistles. Walsh coaches four basketball teams
– two for daughter Bridget, 12, two for son
Will, 10. Golf equipment remains idle – unless a
spur of the moment excursion surfaces.
“I don’t touch clubs anymore,” Walsh said.
“Before kids came, it was the PGA [Merchandise]
Show [in Orlando, Fla.] and then seven days of
golf. Then when the kids came it was the PGA
Show and Disney. Now the kids are old enough
where they can’t miss that much school, so it’s
the PGA Show and come home because I have
to coach four games that weekend.”
The Walsh family – rounded out by wife Cindy
and daughter Lanie, 13, – travels together in the
Ford Explorer. The trunk set-up stays intact.
“We load their stuff on top of my stuff. I’m
generally not taking my stuff out to get their
stuff in,” Walsh said.
• golf clubs
• 2 umbrellas
• stretching pole
• 3-5 dozen golf balls
• 2-3 pairs of golf gloves
• 3-4 golf towels
• 3-4 golf cart cleaning towels
• 3-4 bucket hats
• 5 pairs of Footjoy golf shoes
• shag bag of 250 golf balls
• container with rain, winter gear
• spare Sunday bag
Thomas Bartolacci, Jr.
SAUCON VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB
2014 Acura MDX
A SLEEK CROSSBOW sits next to a bag of
golf clubs. Bartolacci’s weapons of choice highlight his trunk arrangement.
“I enjoy the outdoors. I like the dynamic of
having a lot of different things to do,” Bartolacci,
67, of Washington Crossing, Pa., said. “I love
golf, but I like hunting more than I like golf.”
“I actually look forward to the break,” Bar-
tolacci said. “I put the clubs away. I may play
periodically in the fall. For the most part, it’s
“WHEN I OPEN UP THE
TRUNK ON A SALES CALL,
GUYS ARE LIKE, ‘WHOA.’
I SAY, ‘HAVE STICKS,
– P. Chet Walsh