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Give thanks that you can play for the round is much too short and sweet to let it slip away.

Give thanks that you can play for the round is much too short and sweet.

Give thanks that you can play for the round is much too short and sweet.

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I found a poem called ‘Life is Like a Round of Golf’ by Criswell Freeman, and it made me think of people like Peter Oosterhuis.

The full verse goes – Give thanks that you can play for the round is much too short and sweet to let it slip away!

This Englishman won 4 consecutive European Tour Order of Merit titles from 1971 to 1974, was a member of 6 Ryder Cup teams and won the Canadian Open in 1981 on the PGA Tour.

I remember playing a practice round with him at Huddle Park Golf Club before the 1971 South African PGA Championship.  He had class and dignity then, and he still has that now.

I did not know why I hadn’t seen “Oostie,” as we used to call him, when I played the South African Tour in the ’70s, in the broadcasting booth for CBS for some time. Oosterhuis has just announced publicly that he has early-onset Alzheimer’s.

It takes courage to deal with this devastating disease. Peter Oosterhuis and his wife, Ruthie, are doing all they can to support fundraisers to help fight this condition, affecting too many people. Peter has accepted this challenge with the same class and character he brought to his golf and broadcasting careers.

Give thanks, celebrate the good shots, and forget the bad ones.

Peter Oosterhuis, a former PGA Tour player and broadcaster, has disclosed that he has Alzheimer’s disease.

Oosterhuis, 67, an Englishman, made the public announcement in May with his wife, Roothie, at an event for the Nantz National Alzheimer Center, which broadcaster Jim Nantz founded at Houston Methodist Neurological Institute as a tribute to his late father, who suffered from the disease. Video of the announcement was released Monday by Golf World.

“It’s a horrible disease. Not only does it affect Peter. It affects me, our children, and our grandchildren and our friends.” Roothie Oosterhuis said at the event. “It took nine months for us to accept the fact that Peter has this. He is, as always, elegant and amazing in standing up to the situation.”

The six-time European Ryder Cup player worked as a golf analyst for BBC, CBS Sports and Golf Channel, beginning in 1995. His playing career included more than 20 titles worldwide and 11 years on the PGA Tour.

Oosterhuis retired from broadcasting in January.

Source: Golf Week (Article)  Golf Digest (Video)

Picture: Golf Channel

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