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Wednesday June 28th 2017

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SUBSCRIBE WEDNESDAY 28.6.17 WWW.IRISHGOLFER.IE Ballyliffin I et's just say that when I first played with Tiffany 'Tiff' Chaisson, at Esker Hills last year, I quickly appreciated that this Aus- tralian lady is a force of nature. No mountain is too high, no distance too far when it comes to playing golf. Indeed, the day after playing Esker Hills she played Ballyliffin. That's 280 kilometres and over four hours of driving. Since taking up the game just over two years ago she has played over 100 courses in 10 countries. The bug has bitten deep but it hasn't sim- ply been about playing the game, in fact so much more, though it was at Ballyliffin that her idea for 'Fair- ways' was born. Fairways focuses on disadvan- taged junior golfers, helping them get access to both golf equipment, membership and courses. We all know golf is an expensive game to take up and Tiff decided it was time to help. Fairways may have been inspired by that day in Ballyliffin, but Tiff has already taken her charity to Nepal, Bolivia, India and Canada, sponsoring 20 juniors. Tiff is raising funds for the charity by auctioining off green fees for clubs in seven different countries. These courses see the benefits of opening doors to junior golfers. The 'Awesome 4somes' are four- ball vouchers for these golf clubs. The auction is live, right now, with starting bids at half the regular green fee. There are plenty of Irish courses including 2017 Irish Open host, Portstewart, Enniscrone, Carne, Bray, Galway Bay, Esker Hills, Strandhill, Ballyliffin, Fota Island and Druids Glen. Jump in, place a bid and know that you are helping a new generation of golfers get an important start in this game we love. (Auctions end June 30, although more will follow.) I'll point out that Vijay Singh and Seve Ballesteros (among others) came from very humble beginnings. Imagine what they could have achieved if Fairways had been supporting them… he said, tongue in cheek! Check out www.fairways.golf/pag- es/awesome-4somes The Fairways Charity is raising funds for young golfers, writes Kevin Markham. GREEN FEE AUCTION FOR CHARITY

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