Golf day honours ‘Jaco’
COMMUNITY members have teed off for a worthy cause in memory of a much-loved local resident, family man and long-serving police officer.
The second annual Phil “Jaco” Jacobson Memorial Golf Weekend was held at Sawtell Golf Club last Sunday resulting in more than $17,000 raised for local sporting groups.
Phil Jacboson’s sudden passing last year rocked the Sawtell and the wider community, prompting former work colleagues and friends from his three main sporting passions – golf, rugby league and surf lifesaving – to come together to put on a special event.
A record field of golfers turned out for the day and unlike last year’s event, when it poured with rain, golfers were greeted with sunshine.
Club member Bob Werrell said the response from the local community was overwhelming.
“This is only the second Jaco Memorial Golf Day and it has already become one of the biggest days on the club’s calendar,” he said.
The Jacobson family and organisers thanked the volunteers who made the event run smoothly.
Co-organiser Tony Murphy said funds raised would support Sawtell Rugby League Football Club, Sawtell Surf Life Saving Club and Sawtell Golf Club where Mr Jacobson was a dedicated member.
“There are few community members who have had such an impact on so many – Phil Jacobson is one of those few,” Mr Murphy said.
“Even in death, Jaco is an inspiration to many who aspire to make our local community a better place,” he said.
“Those who have supported Jaco’s Memorial Golf Day should be proud of their efforts in contributing to such an incredible legacy.”