Greg Jacobson (center) with his wife, Alison (left) and Lisa Gerol, president of the CT MS Society (right).

Former professional golfer Greg “Jake” Jacobson is teaming up with the Ridgefield Golf Club to host “The Jake,” their first-ever golf tournament to benefit the fight against multiple sclerosis, a disabling illness Jacobson has been battling since 2007. The Jake 2013 will be held Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the Ridgefield Golf Club, in Ridgefield, and some spots are still available.

A resident of Wilton, Jacobson, after regaining his amateur status, 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. From 1982 to 1984 Jacobson earned a spot as a professional tour player on the Space Coast Mini-Tour.

However, in 2011 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, a debilitating form of the disease in which individuals can lose more and more motor function over time.

“Multiple sclerosis side-lined me; it has robbed me of a lifestyle I loved,” said Jacobson, who now uses a cane for stability and support. “Although MS has deprived me of many things, it can’t rob me of my unrelenting determination to help ensure science is moving forward toward better treatments and what I want most, a cure.”

The Jake, a traditional “best ball” golf tournament for teams of two, features three separate divisions:  men’s (80-percent handicap); women’s (80-percent handicap) and scratch (no handicap). Professionals are welcome. The Jake will be held at the Ridgefield Golf Club on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 1 p.m. Entry fee includes golf, cart, range, lunch, dinner, drinks, on-course contests, prizes, drawings and a silent auction. Sponsorship opportunities are still currently available.

Jacobson, along with his wife, Alison, own and operate Accessible Home Living, a company that designs and installs many types of accessibility home features, including ramps to bathrooms, residential elevators, accessible modular in-law suites and more. The couple launched the company after Jacobson’s diagnosis of MS. Faced with the many challenges associated with disability and accessibility, the couple established the company to ensure that people of all abilities and ages live as independently as possible.

Like Jacobson, more than 6,000 Connecticut residents are affected by multiple sclerosis, a disease affecting the central nervous system. The cause is unknown and there is currently no cure for MS. Symptoms can include, among other things, numbness in the limbs, difficulties with vision and speech, stiffness, loss of mobility and, in some more severe cases, total paralysis. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot be predicted.

For more information or to register for The Jake 2013, visit www.playthejake.com. Individual participation starts at $200. To request an electronic brochure, email tournament chair Mike Reilly at mreilly80@comcast.net. For more information on multiple sclerosis, its effects and the many ways to help make a difference through Do It Yourself Fundraising, visit www.ctfightsMS.org.