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Former Pro Golfer To Host Benefit Tournament In North Salem

Greg ‘Jake’ Jacobson and Mike Reilly present a check for $21,700 to Lisa Gerrol, president and chief executive officer of the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter.
Greg ‘Jake’ Jacobson and Mike Reilly present a check for $21,700 to Lisa Gerrol, president and chief executive officer of the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter. Photo Credit: File Photo

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. – Former professional golfer Greg “Jake” Jacobson and the North Salem Golf Club are hosting the Jake 2014 Golf Tournament, at the club on Monday, Sept. 29, at 11:30 a.m.,  to benefit the fight against multiple sclerosis.

A resident of Wilton, Conn., Jacobson has been battling this disease, which affects the central nervous system, since 2007 when he began to lose motor function.

Jacobson spent more than 20 years as a fixture at The Ridgefield Golf Club winning numerous club championships and shooting a course record of 67 in 1995. Previously, in 1981, he was named an NCAA Golf All-American. In 2011, however, his career came to a halt when he was officially diagnosed with progressive multiple sclerosis. He now uses a walker and scooter on a daily basis.

“Multiple sclerosis sidelined me,” Jacobson said. “It has robbed me of a lifestyle I loved. Although MS has deprived me of many things, it can’t rob me of my unrelenting determination to help ensure science keeps moving forward toward better treatments and what I want most, a cure.”

The Jake 2014 will be a traditional “best ball” golf tournament for teams of two featuring two separate divisions: men’s (80 percent handicap) and women’s (80 percent handicap). The Jake will have a 1 p.m. tee-off.

Entry fee covers game, golf cart, range, lunch, dinner, drinks, on-course contests and a silent auction. Auction items include threesome and foursome golf experiences at Fisher Island Club, National Golf Links of America and a 2017 U.S. Open package at Erin Hills.

For more information and to register for the tournament, click here .

Multiple sclerosis affects more than 6,000 Connecticut residents. The cause is unknown and there is no cure for the illness. Symptoms can include numbness in the limbs, difficulties with vision and speech, loss of mobility and, in more severe cases, total paralysis.

For more information on multiple sclerosis, click here .

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