WAYNESVILLE — Laurel Ridge Country Club will host the 27th annual Alzheimer’s Golf Tournament on Tuesday, Sept. 24. The late Wright Spears created this annual event 26 years ago to raise funds for the eradication of this cruel disease that eventually took the life of his wife, Mary Blue Spears.

This year’s tournament will raise money specifically for those in Haywood County who suffer from or who are affected by Alzheimer’s and other cognitive disorders.

Maple Leaf Adult Daycare, MemoryCare of Haywood County and Haywood Dementia Response Effort (HAY-D-R-E) will be recipients of funds raised at this year’s tournament. Tax ID numbers are available for anyone wishing to do a memorial, honorarium or sponsorship.

This year, the Alzheimer’s tournament will be held in memory of Joyce Clark who passed away in 2015, at the age of 84. Joyce was an amazing lady who was known to be an avid athlete in addition to being funny, caring, loving and dependable.

In her adult years, she loved to read, and play golf and bridge. Joyce loved her family and her greatest traits were those of being a loving wife, a fabulous mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Joyce suffered terribly in her last months as an aggressive dementia robbed her of her memories of those she loved. She leaves behind her loving husband of 60 years, J.P., four children, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

This year’s tournament will honor Joe Hyatt who is currently suffering with this disease. Joe graduated from Pisgah High School in 1967 and then from Mars Hill University in 1971, later receiving a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Longwood University.

Joe was an avid athlete, playing football at both Pisgah and Mars Hill. While at Mars Hill, Joe met the love of his life, Nancy Collis and together they raised five children, and over the last five years have been blessed with seven grandchildren. This year they celebrated 48 years of marriage.

Over his more than 30-year career in education, Joe coached football, baseball and softball. The last years of his career were spent at AC Reynolds High School in Buncombe County and at Central Haywood High School in Haywood County. After retiring, Joe enjoyed “junking,” better known as buying and selling collectibles and antiques. He is currently living at home with Nancy with the supper of their children and a “day stay” program.

Registration for this years’ tournament will begin at noon followed by a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The format will be a four-person Captain’s Choice. Dinner will follow at 5:30 p.m.

The $125 entry free will cover 18 holes of golf, cart fee, two mulligans, two forward tees and dinner at Laurel Ridge Country Club. Additional dinners are available for non-golfers for $25. Sponsorships are available beginning at $150. All sponsorships are tax-deductible.

For more information, contact Richard Reeves at 828-734-9272 or by email at megreeves99@gmail.com. The entry deadline is Sept. 18.

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