50 rounds for dad: Man travels across the country to honor late father, raise money for diabetes research
Pete Crozier spent Father’s Day at the Moose Run Golf Course. Crozier came to Alaska from Columbus, Ohio.
He’s on a quest to play 50 rounds of golf in 50 states and he wants to do all of that in 50 days.
The 49th state is stop number 21 on the cross-country tour to honor his father, George, who died from a stroke with complications Type 2 diabetes.
"We do a family tournament in his honor where 16 guys get together somewhere in the country," Crozier said. "We always road trip. It's a three or four-day weekend of over-managed, over-analyzed golf games, and I remember thinking a couple of years in, 'well if dad liked this, he would love to go to every state."
Crozier turned 50 last year and says that's when everything fell into place.
He is on a mission to raise awareness about diabetes, not just because of his father but also for his son who has Type 1 diabetes.
The American Diabetes Association of Alaska estimates more than 59,000 Alaskans have diabetes and another 194,000 people around the state are pre-diabetic.
"They are not quite considered Type 2 diabetes yet, but they are on that track, so it's anytime now that they could become full-blown diabetic Type 2," said ADA Alaska's Jessica Leystra.
Crozier travels the country to help find a cure.
"My dad died 20 years ago, so it gives me something to honor him, remember him or even get to know him a little better on this Father's Day in Alaska,” he said. “What could be better?"
Crozier will wrap-up his final 18 holes of golf on July 15 at the Green Hill Golf Course in Worcester, Massachusetts where his father learned to play.
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