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Lexington Shriners patient to play in The Championship Pro-Am against top PGA TOUR professionals

Jake will participate in a Par 3 Challenge to showcase the magic of Shriners Hospitals

The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, an official PGA TOUR event held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada, is not just another golf tournament. The week highlights not only the mission and hard work of the Shriners Hospitals health care system, but also brings patients from throughout North America into the forefront at various times throughout the seven-day schedule of events.

“The main goal is to showcase the talents and abilities these patients possess, while providing the understanding to those in attendance that none of this would have been possible without the care provided by Shriners Hospitals for Children. Participants will leave with incredible memories of not only the patients' abilities, but their can-do attitude, positive outlook on life and ever present smiles throughout the day,” said Adam Sperling, executive director, Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

The Championship Pro-Am, which has raised close to $5 million dollars since 2008 for the system, provides the perfect platform to put some of these amazing success stories on full display. Throughout years past, current patients have played entire rounds of golf with PGA TOUR professionals, participated in miniature golf putting competitions, and even closest to the pin contests.

“Shriners Hospitals for Children patient integration with the Pro-Am has taken on many forms over the years. The most recent concept of having a patient on each side (one on the front nine, one on the back nine) continues the tradition of patient integration in the event, but is a format that will be new to the event,” Sperling said. 

This November, Jake from Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center — Lexington and Maleah from Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City will each participate in a Par 3 Challenge against the top PGA TOUR professionals in the field, as well as amateurs from throughout the country.

During the Par 3 Challenge, both Jake and Maleah will tee off on a hole throughout the day, with an opportunity to see if they can hit it closer than their competitors. They will be playing for pride, but no matter who wins, all will walk away with a better understanding of the magic that takes place inside the walls of Shriners Hospitals for Children facilities every day.