Every player experiences it ... the round
where nothing goes right.
Jacob Fair, of Monett, Mo., has been there.
During the first round of the AJGA’s Scissor-tail Junior Championship last August, he was
struggling all day. While many golfers find
themselves gravitating to the “just make it to
No. 18” attitude, Fair didn’t. Instead, he thought
about his younger brother, Isaac.
Isaac Fair, a 14-year-old cancer survivor,
has provided his 17-year-old brother with inspiration for much of his life. Four days before
Isaac’s fourth birthday, he was diagnosed with
leukemia. For the next two months, Isaac was
at St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Springfield,
Mo. Daily tests and treatments became everyday life for the toddler.
Five years later, Isaac was declared cancer
free and in remission, but the family has not forgotten how the disease impacted their lives. They
wondered how they could ever repay the doctors
and nurses that helped to save Isaac’s life.
When Jacob Fair discovered the AJGA’s
Birdies for Charity program, he knew it was the
“I learned about the Leadership Links Pro-
gram and thought it would be a great way to give
back while doing something that I love,” Fair
said. “I knew immediately which charity I would
choose. My brother Isaac is one of my biggest
fans and I wanted to honor him by playing for all
the kids at St. Jude’s. He is an inspiration and
this was the perfect way to honor him.”
On the last hole of the round, a long par 5,
Fair missed the fairway with his tee shot, and a
grove of smaller trees stood between him and
the green protected by water.
to herself, “What is he doing? He’s going for it.”
He swung and the ball landed softly and rolled
up just in front of the green. He chipped on and
made his birdie.
“I had nothing to lose and I just told myself
to go for it, it was one more birdie for the kids,”
Since beginning the Birdies for Charity program, Fair has made 78 birdies, raising $2,105
for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
that once was the all-too-familiar home for his
Leadership Links helps the AJGA further its
mission to develop young men and women by
teaching charitable giving skills and service-oriented practices at an early age. The program
gives juniors all the tools necessary to donate
their time, talent and resources to local charities
and the AJGA youth development programs. l
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