Golf tourney to benefit local with ALS

Pictured is the 18th green at the Whiteface Club and Resort in Lake Placid with Whiteface Mountain in the background. (Provided photo — Whiteface Club and Resort)

LAKE PLACID — A golf tournament to benefit long-time member of the golf community, Ron Reid, is happening at the Whiteface Club and Resort in Lake Placid on Sunday, June 26.

Reid, who has worked for over 25 years at the Whiteface Club and Resort — both as superintendent and a member of the course crew — is battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. ALS, which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, impacts nerve and muscle function.

Reid, who continues to work a limited schedule at the Whiteface Club Golf Course, can be seen three days a week on a fairway mower, greeting and acknowledging players in the process. Now, the Whiteface Club hopes those golfers and others will reciprocate with a strong turnout to support Reid.

Golfers will team up in a four-person scramble to raise needed funds to supplement Reid’s medical coverage. The Whiteface Club will match the money generated by the players’ tee times.

“It’s important for all of us here to help Ron after all the great work he has done for us over such a long period of time,” said Mark Sperling, CEO of the Whiteface Companies. “ALS hit my family and I know what those costs look like. We have to do whatever we can for Ron, and we felt that a golf event was very appropriate.”

The cost to play is $65 per person, cart included. Tee times begin at 7 a.m. An optional skins game, at $20 per team, will be held in conjunction with the tournament. A 50-50 raffle will also be offered as well as door prizes.

The closest to the pin contest will be held on the par three, 11th hole, with the long drive contest taking place on 17.

The fundraiser will be capped at 25 teams. For tee times, call 518-523-7888.


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