Profile: Scottish Rite Hospital Patient Gives Back and Has Eyes on College Golf
December 9, 2016 Leave a comment
Special to the Alliance and Photo Courtesy of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
When Lauren was two years old, she came to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, where she was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. Scottish Rite Hospital treated her medical condition, but also recognized it was important that Lauren flourish in all areas. When Lauren was seven, she had a chance to participate in the hospital’s Learn to Golf program. During this program, participants have the opportunity to learn not only the skills and basics of golf but also important life lessons.
When patients participate, they have a chance to play golf regardless of any medical conditions they may have. The program provides an environment where self-confidence, patience, perseverance and many other skills can grow. When Lauren went to her first clinic, she was introduced to the game and received a set of U.S. Kids golf clubs, along with a scholarship to help her continue playing. Lauren began using the scholarship money provided through the program to take lessons. With these tools, Lauren’s skills and love for golf grew quickly. She has been playing golf ever since, eventually joining the LPGA*USGA Girls Golf program and playing in U.S. Kids Golf tournaments.
In addition to great exercise and physical conditioning, golf has really helped Lauren build confidence, leadership skills and self-discipline. She is truly dedicated to the game. Lauren enjoys being with other girls who play golf and it has helped her become a leader among her peers.
“She has made relationships and connections through golf that would have otherwise not been possible,” said Kammie Campagna, Lauren’s mother.
Lauren has been successful on and off the course. She now volunteers her time and talents at Learn to Golf clinics, working with younger children who like herself have a medical condition that sometimes interferes with their ability to enjoy recreation and leisure activities. In addition to volunteering with the Learn to Golf program, she once led a Girl Scouts blanket drive benefiting patients of the hospital and is on the junior committee for the hospital’s KidSwing golf tournaments. In addition, Lauren is involved in school programs such as the math honor society Mu Alpha Theta, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Sports Leadership Club.
Lauren has played in tournaments through the Northern Texas PGA Junior Golf Foundation and Texas Junior Golf Tour (TJGT). This past June, she won the NTPGA All American Tour’s Shootout in the Hills at Las Colinas Country Club. She is currently a high school senior and holds the number one spot on the varsity golf team at Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas. Lauren loves the game and hopes to play golf in college.
Lauren is an impressive young lady. She works hard on the course as well as in the classroom. Lauren is humble, has a wonderful positive attitude, and is passionate about helping others. Her impressive character work ethic and discipline will help her continue to succeed in golf, whether that be in golf or anything else she decides she would like to do.