Quincy Country Club will be the new site of the annual pro-am golf tournament sponsored by the Quincy Area Branch of the Alzheimer's Association.
The 11th edition of the fundraiser is scheduled for July 20, preceded by a July 19 cocktail reception, dinner and auction at Mark Twain Casino in LaGrange, Mo.
The first 10 years of the tournament were played at Spring Lake Country Club.
"We had a very enjoyable relationship with Spring Lake, and look forward to fostering a new relationship with Quincy Country Club," said Jamie Messmore, the pro-am chairman and development director for the Central Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.
The goal of this year's pro-am festivities is to generate $40,000 to help fund Alzheimer's-related free programs and services for area caregiver and other residents, plus providing information and referral, care consultations, education, support groups and safety services.
Last year's pro-am raised $32,000, pushing the 10-year total to $203,000.
The public is invited to attend the dinner and auction at the casino. The $20 meal price includes two drinks at the cocktail reception and a dinner provided by corporate sponsor Mark Twain Casino, which will include skewered grilled shrimp, a filet, salad, potato, vegetable, dinner roll and dessert. The cocktail reception begins at 6 p.m., with dinner scheduled at 6:30.
The Alzheimer's Association is auctioning off two week-long badges to the 94th PGA Championship scheduled for Aug. 9-12 at The Ocean Course, Kiawah Island, S.C.
Sullivan Auctioneers has donated a 2011 Yamaha 49CC unit scooter that will be raffled off during the dinner. Scooter raffle tickets ($10 per ticket) can be purchased at Mark Twain Casino, the Business Centre, Everything and the Kitchen Sink and the Alzheimer's Association office, 639 York.
The July 20 pro-am gets under way with an 11 a.m. shotgun start.
"The tournament is limited to the first 24 teams (96 players) to register," Messmore said.
Entry fee is $800 per foursome. The fee includes the cocktail reception and dinner, 18 holes of gold with a PGA-sanctioned professional, cart, lunch, refreshments and prizes.
"After play, the top five pros compete in a shoot-out for additional prize money," Messmore said.
A golf ball drop will follow the tournament with the winner receiving a $500 cash prize.
Major corporate sponsors are KHQA, Mark Twain Casino, Mississippi Belle-Miller Lite, the Business Centre and Quincy Medical Group.
Alzheimer's disease is now the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States.
"With the rapidly aging baby boomer population, the fight to end Alzheimer's disease is one of the most important causes of our time," Messmore said.
For more information, call the Quincy Area Branch at (217) 228-1111. A brochure can also be downloaded from the agency's website at www.alz.org/illinoiscentral.