NORTH SALEM, N.Y. -- Former professional golfer Greg “Jake” Jacobson is teaming up with the Salem Golf Club to host, The Jake 2014, a golf tournament to benefit the fight against multiple sclerosis, a disabling illness Jacobson has been battling since 2007.
The Jake 2014 will be held Monday, Sept. 29, at the Salem Golf Club in North Salem. A resident of Wilton, Conn., Jacobson served as captain of the golf team while attending Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. From 1982 to 1984, Jacobson earned a spot as a professional tour player on the Space Coast Mini-Tour.
After regaining his amateur status, he was a fixture for more than 20 years at the Ridgefield Golf Club. He won numerous RGC championships and in 1995, shot a course record of 67. A regular competitor in Connecticut State Golf Association (CSGA) tournaments, Jacobson played in many Connecticut opens, amateur and mid-amateur competitions. In 1981, he was named an NCAA Golf All-American. In 2011, however, Jacobson’s golf career came to an abrupt halt when, after years of baffling symptoms that increasingly limited his physical capabilities, he was officially diagnosed with progressive multiple sclerosis. “Multiple sclerosis sidelined me; it has robbed me of a lifestyle I loved,” said Jacobson. “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, a traditional “best ball” golf tournament for teams of two features two separate divisions: men’s (80 percent handicap); women’s (80 percent handicap).
The Jake will begin at 11:30 a.m. and a 1:00 p.m. tee-off. Entry fee includes golf, cart, range, lunch, dinner, drinks, on-course contests, prizes, drawings and a silent auction.