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Thirteenth Annual Marie Jackson Golf Tournament to Be Held

                The thirteenth annual Marie Jackson Women’s Scramble Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday September 29th at 11AM at Cazenovia Golf Course.  The tournament was initially developed to raise funds for the Saint Thomas Aquinas Athletic Program.  However the school closed and when Marie Jackson, the mother of tournament committee chair Patty Jackson-Doctor passed away, the group decided to continue the tournament and rename the tournament in her memory. 

In addition to Jackson-Doctor, the other committee members are Sue Feeley, Paula Fitzgerald, Beth Fulton, Trish Glose and Lori Roth, as well as Jackson-Doctor’s two sisters.  Dave Hooper of Olmstead Parks is also a key part of the event.  These dedicated women have generated over 69,000 dollars to assist four or five South Buffalo eighth graders with their high school tuition.  Mount Mercy Academy is extremely grateful for the assistance they have provided for several Mount Mercy students.

                Mount Mercy Academy President Peggy Cronin attended St. Thomas Aquinas grammar school and grew up with the Jackson Family.  “I know Mrs. Jackson would love that donations made in her memory are making such a significant impact in the lives of our students. The families, as well as Mount Mercy, are so grateful to be the recipients of this committee’s generosity," Cronin stated.

The tournament, which is the only tournament just for women, usually draws about 100 golfers, along with other women who support the cause by attending the post tournament party.  Jackson-Doctor remarked that there are many women whose participation in the tournament is their only golfing of the year.  “I really enjoy seeing all the women every year and watching them have fun and reconnecting with old friends.  It is so rewarding to help the students as they continue their Catholic education,” Jackson-Doctor commented.

Registration for the tournament runs through September 16th.  The cost of the tournament is $55 and includes golf, lunch, drinks, snacks and a golf memento.  The post tournament party will be held at Doc Sullivan’s at approximately 2 PM and the cost is $15. Checks are payable to the Marie Jackson Golf Tournament and should be sent to Paula Fitzgerald, 425 South Legion Drive, Buffalo, New York 14220.  

“I would like to thank all of my friends and everyone who contributes to this tournament.  Without your help and support, we would not be able run this tournament and help these deserving students,” Jackson-Doctor concluded. 


Pictured are some of the Mount Mercy students who have benefitted from the Marie Jackson Scholarship.

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