Pohlman memorial golf event hits 7th year
Story and Photos by Lynn Colburn
The 7th Annual JRP Memorial Golf Outing took place on Saturday, June 10 at the Links Golf Course.
The tournament was a 4-person scramble with a shotgun start; it included hole prizes, games, food, raffles and auctions. There were three flight awards. All proceeds from the JRP (James R. Pohlman) Memorial Golf Outing benefit Parkinson’s disease research and Parkinson’s programs in the area.
Kristin Jamison, president of Jacksonville Regional Economic Development Corporation, opened the tournament and shared with players that the JRP has raised over $134,000 in the past six years. These funds have gone to assist the Bob Freesen YMCA Parkinson’s Disease Group in Jacksonville; the Boyd Memorial Hospital Wellness Center’s Parkinson’s Disease Group in Carrollton; and to Dr. Joel Perlmutter, Washington University in St. Louis, and his team of doctors and research specialists to assist in their vision and advancement toward the treatment and prevention of Parkinson’s disease. City of Jacksonville Mayor Ezard also addressed the crowd.
The JRP board thanks all the many sponsors and friends who help keep this effort alive for so many who need assistance with Parkinson’s disease. The Parkinson’s Foundation estimates that at least one million people in the United States suffer from Parkinson’s disease, and roughly six million worldwide. Parkinson’s disease is second only to Alzheimer’s disease as the most prevalent neurodegenerative disease.