Twenty-two lucky kids from across the United States gathered at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas this November to serve as standard bearers for professional golfers at the 25th annual Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. These kids were united not just because of their love of golf, but also because they are each patients at one of the 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children, chosen to serve as ambassadors of their hospital.
Wade Chosvig has been golfing since the age of 8, and currently participates with the Mobility Impaired Golf Association and is an active member of his high school golf team. Wade was chosen to represent the Portland Shriners Hospital at the prestigious tournament not only for his passion for golf, but also for his outgoing and contagious spirit.
Wade was incredibly excited to be involved in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and get the chance to experience a professional tournament. Another perk was the chance to meet other Shriners Hospitals for Children patient ambassadors, who all embody a no-limits attitude, and Wade is no exception. Born with spina bifida, Wade was told from a young age that he would never walk without constant support from crutches, but was able to walk the entire 18-hole course without them, for three days straight.
Wade and his family feel extremely lucky to have been a part of this experience. “The tournament was amazing! Everyone was so nice and it was fun meeting all the other representatives. I liked watching the golfers and their approach to each hole. It's good to know even the experts miss a putt or two. I really need to practice those. I had a great time!”
Wade left the tournament with new friends, new memories and a hat filled to the brim with signatures from the players.