Alzheimer’s Disease is an irreversible and progressive brain disorder that causes memory loss, disorientation, mood and behavioral changes. Most Alzheimer’s patients are diagnosed at age 65 and older, but up to five percent of affected patients are diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s, often in their 40s or 50s. Alzheimer’s Disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., and over 5 million Americans are currently affected. That number is expected to triple to 16 million by 2050. There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s Disease.
Your contributions to the Carolinas Alzheimer’s Disease Fund at Atrium Health Foundation will support vital patient services and research for Alzheimer’s Disease patients at Atrium Health.
Introducing: Peter Oosterhuis
Peter Oosterhuis is a highly celebrated professional golfer and broadcaster whose illustrious career included 20 worldwide wins. He achieved seven European Tour wins, competed on six Ryder Cup teams, and led the European Tour Order of Merit four consecutive seasons from 1971-1974. Over the past 20 years, Oosterhuis has become known to golf enthusiasts around the world as an acclaimed broadcaster with Golf Channel and CBS.
In 2014, Peter was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. The diagnosis brought an untimely end to his broadcasting career, but since, Oosterhuis has dedicated his time to promoting awareness and raising funds for Alzheimer’s research and patient support services.
This May, Peter will be joined by his longtime friend, renowned sports personality and Alzheimer’s activist, Jim Nantz, CBS golf broadcasters Peter Kostis, Gary McCord, and Ian Baker-Finch, as well as former NFL head coach Marty Schottenheimer for The Peter Oosterhuis Championship – benefiting Alzheimer’s programs in the Carolinas.
The Peter Oosterhuis Championship
The Peter Oosterhuis Championship will be hosted at the Oosterhuis’ home-course and site of the 2017 PGA Championship, Quail Hollow Club, in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 5, 2017. Participants will enjoy breakfast and a special golf clinic led by Peter Kostis and Gary McCord in the morning, followed by tournament play and lunch served on the course. In the evening golfers will be welcomed to the clubhouse for a cocktail and heavy hors d’oeuvre reception, featuring a silent auction along with a special presentation by Peter Oosterhuis and Jim Nantz.
All proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Carolinas Alzheimer’s Disease Fund at Atrium Health, where Oosterhuis is currently receiving treatment.