19Amanda Lockamy When her daughter, Amanda Lockamy, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2001, Linda Lockamy decided to channel her energy toward finding a cure for the disease.

As part of that commitment, she’s working on the ninth annual Tee It Up For MS Golf Tournament, which is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 19, at Cypress Lakes Golf Course.

Lockamy said the tournament isunlike some fundraisers becauseit’s deeply personal not only for her, but for many of the participants.

“I would say 90 percent of the people that play in this tournament know someone who is afflicted with MS,’’ she said. “They truly want a cure to be found.’’

According to the National MS Society, about 400,000 people in the United States have this disease, which attacks the central nervous system and causes a variety of prob- lems, including paralysis and loss of vision.

The golf tournament, which is affiliated with the annual MS walk held in the spring of the year, normally accounts for about a third of all money raised from Cumberland County annually toward fighting the disease.

For the second year, Coffman Plumbing is serving as the title sponsor of the tourna- ment, Lockamy said.

The format for the event remains the same: four- man captain’s choice teams, with an entry fee of $300 per team.

If a team would like to sponsor a hole as well, the fee is $350.

For any businesses that don’t want to play golf but would like to sponsor a hole only, that fee is $100. Lockamy suggested that politicians running for office who would like to post one of their signs on a hole can use the hole sponsorship as a way to do that while supporting a great cause.

In the wake of Hurricane Florence’s recent visit to the area, she suggested businesses might seek to honor area first responders by sponsoring a team of first responders to play in the tournament.

The entry fee includes a pig picking for all participants, along with a goody bag and a chance to win a variety of prizes donated by local businesses.

Lockamy said the deadline for entering the tournament is the Friday before play, Oct. 12.

Entry forms are available at the clubhouse at Cypress Lakes. You can also contact Lockamy at 910-977-8662 or via email at swanlock74@aol.com.

Photo: Amanda Lockamy

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