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Amelia Islander

ALS Golf Classic Celebrates its 11th Year

Jul 22, 2015 02:00AM
When John Louis O’Day retired on Amelia Island in 1996, little did he know that in just two short years he would be diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Within four years from diagnosis, O’Day would lose his life to this progressive and fatal disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow, and breathe. In 2002, O’Day left behind his wife, Ardith, five children, twelve grandchildren, and many grieving friends and family members.

After O’Day’s passing, his son Mark decided to start a yearly golf event to honor his father’s memory and raise money for The ALS Association Florida Chapter. “Besides money going to funding research, proceeds also help families whose loved ones are suffering from the disease,” said Mark. “The outpouring from the community and our sponsors has been astonishing.” This year’s tournament will be held on Friday, August 7, at the Golf Club at Long Point. Registration and Warm Up Lunch Buffet will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A Shotgun Start is at 12:30 p.m., and at 5 p.m. there will be a Dinner Reception with raffle prizes, awards, and silent auction. Register by calling (904) 553-0576, emailing Mark O’Day at [email protected], or by visiting