Aussie golf legend’s battle towards Alzheimers

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Jack Newton knows how to fight having overcome a near-death experience when he walked into a plane’s propeller. Now he is confronting another huge battle.


{Golfing} legend Jack Newton is battling Alzheimer’s illness and has embraced a wholesome way of life to combat the situation’s debilitating results.

The 70-year-old is now adjusting to life with out booze and cigarettes and is on a strict train regime and drugs, in a battle his son says “he will not surrender”.

Jack is famend for his preventing qualities, having recovered from a near-death expertise that shocked the nation in 1983 when he walked right into a airplane’s propeller at Sydney airport, dropping his proper arm and eye and a part of his stomach.

Golfing legend Jack Newton with his wife Jackie at his Newcastle property Augusta. It has been revealed that Jack is now suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Picture by Peter Lorimer.

{Golfing} legend Jack Newton together with his spouse Jackie at his Newcastle property Augusta. It has been revealed that Jack is now affected by Alzheimer’s illness. Image by Peter Lorimer.

He is now tackling his newest well being scare with the identical dedication.

“Jack hasn’t touched a drop of alcohol or a smoke for 18 months,” says his spouse Jackie.

“It has been an enormous way of life change however he is exercising recurrently and going OK.”

Newton was first recognized in July final yr after a go to to his household GP after which a specialist. It’s the similar illness that killed his father, Jack Snr, in his late sixties.

 

Jack with Tom Watson before the British Open playoff in 1975. Picture: Peter Dazeley

Jack with Tom Watson earlier than the British Open playoff in 1975. Image: Peter Dazeley

 

Jack in action during his younger years.

Jack in motion throughout his youthful years.

Newton has handed the function as chairman of the Jack Newton Junior Golf Basis to his son and former NRL star, Clint Newton, who’s RLPA chief government.

Newton is doing okay however struggles together with his short-term reminiscence and a few sentences.

The household is promoting their acreage outdoors of Newcastle they known as Augusta, after the well-known US Masters course.

It was at Atlanta in 1980 that Newton gave his biggest efficiency on the US Masters – chasing down and virtually beating nice Seve Ballesteros regardless of being nine-shots behind.

Jack being inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame by Peter Thompson.

Jack being inducted into the Sport Australia Corridor of Fame by Peter Thompson.

The household will transfer to a brand new dwelling in Merewether the place it is simpler for him to manage.

“We’re so happy with the sacrifices he is made within the final 18 months,” Clint mentioned.

“He is been a drinker and a smoker since his late teenagers. To offer all of it away chilly turkey is unbelievable. That is his new problem.

Jack getting ready to go to the driving range. Picture by Peter Lorimer.

Jack on the point of go to the driving vary. Image by Peter Lorimer.

“Alzheimer’s has been thrust upon him however he is up for the combat. The notion of pop was at all times a personality and a bloke who loved a beer and a smoke. That is not him anymore. He nonetheless desires to be one of the best he could be for mum and his grandchildren.

“I can assure one factor – he will not surrender.”

Clint speaks with huge pleasure about his father’s achievements as a “boy from the coalfields who labored his bottom off to make it to the highest in his chosen area of golf.”

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