Shriners Hospital Patient to Golf with Pros in PGA Pro-Am Tournament in Las Vegas


John Scott posing with a golf club

A longtime Shriners Hospital for Children — Northern California patient whose golf game has soared like an eagle thanks to many hospital visits — and lots of practice — will play in a PGA pro-am tournament later this month in Las Vegas.

John Scott Senz, an 18-year-old senior on the Concord High School golf team, will tee it up with many of the top golfers in the world on October 31 in the annual Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin.

Born with left hemispheric cerebral palsy but determined to participate in sports at the highest level, Senz first visited the Shriners Hospital in Sacramento nearly a decade ago. Noted hand surgeon Michelle James, M.D., performed successful surgery on his left hand in September 2009, and golf has been his go-to sport ever since.

John Scott teeing off

“The surgery gave me better control of my hand and wrist,” Senz says. “In August 2015, I had my thumb stabilized and the swan-necking of my fingers corrected. I followed up with Dr. James every few months, and now I see her once a year.”

“I am thrilled, but not surprised, to learn that John Scott is such a great golfer!    He and his parents have always been a joy to work with,” says Dr. James.  Thanks to the Shriners’ support of our hospitals, I am privileged to be able to help kids like John Scott, who are so motivated to succeed!”

A high school all-league selection the past three years, Senz also participates in several junior golf tours in Northern California. He carries a 9-handicap and is a two-time winner of the Special Olympics of Northern California Regional tournament. Senz credits his success to the support and encouragement of PGA Golf Professional Craig Kilcoyne and the First-Tee Program.

Senz’s parents, Marta and Doug, are thrilled with the care he receives at Shriners Hospital for Children — Northern California.

“Shriners provided the best available surgical options for John Scott,” Doug says. “Their medical care is truly a team approach. We regularly see a nurse, occupational therapist, Dr. James, and the intern/resident/fellow currently working with her.”

“We are also impressed with the ongoing research at the hospital,” he adds. John Scott has participated in several studies, and we hope the collective results from those studies help other young people in the years to come.”

So it’s on to Las Vegas for John Scott Senz though he promises to return to Sacramento to share his exploits with all his friends on the Shriners staff. When John Scott visits the hospital, look for him in the lunchroom.  “I like the food in the cafeteria,” he says.