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Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Pro-Am participant acts as “Junior Reporter” for The Identity Tampa Bay

Watch Zoe talk all things golf

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Pro-Am participant acts as “Junior Reporter” for The Identity Tampa Bay

In a few short weeks, Zoe will be arriving in Las Vegas to represent Shriners Healthcare for Children — Florida as a standard bearer and Pro-Am participant in the 2019 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. So… what better way to get prepared than to take a few swings out on the bays of Top Golf? Thanks to our friends at The Identity Tampa Bay, Zoe did just that.

As a “Junior Reporter,” she was invited to the Brandon location of the golfing venue to check out everything they had to offer. During her interview, she explained to The Identity Tampa Bay team why she loves the sport and how our facility keeps her actively playing.

“Everyone at Shriners helps me a lot in both golf and in everyday life,” Zoe said. “With the braces that they make me and the physical therapy that they offer – they have really improved my quality of life.”

Since announcing Zoe as the representative for our facility, she has immersed herself in the sport. From trying out – and making – her high school’s varsity golf team, to participating in a Shriners Open film spot alongside Imperial Sir Jeff Sowder, Zoe has fueled her excitement for her impending trip by keeping focused on all things golf.

Zoe on the golf course with photographersImperial Potentate Jeff Sowder and Zoe high-fiving on golf course

More about Zoe:

Zoe, 15, lives in Lutz, Florida, with her mom and dad. She has a can-do attitude. When Zoe was only 10 days old, she developed encephalitis – inflammation of the brain. The brain swelling resulted in two strokes and cerebral palsy. She has residual left-sided weakness, mostly in her foot, and some loss of muscle control. Zoe was chosen as one of 22 patient ambassadors throughout the country to represent the health care system at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, where she will serve as a standard bearer and Pro-Am participant. Help Fundraise FORE Love and support Zoe’s participation in the 2019 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open PGA TOUR event in Las Vegas! Visit Zoe's fundraising page.

More about The Identity Tampa Bay:

The Identity Tampa Bay is a digital lifestyle and sports network that focuses on what’s happening in and around the Bay Area. Learn more about The Identity Tampa Bay.