Val Skinner Foundation

LIFE Event

The LIFE Event mission is to continue to help eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease...Read more »

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

The Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey is the state's first and only National Cancer...Read more »

A visionary group of breast cancer advocates, experts and educators join forces to support the study of cancer in the classroom with a deeply engaging program created for high school students, parents, and teachers...Read more »

The 29th Annual Steven A. Cox Charity Classic

Monday, October 1, 2018
Join friends, family, and some special guests as we gather to benefit...Read more »

The 13th Annual Atlantic City Electric Golf Classic

Monday, September 17, 2018
Join us at the 13th Annual Atlantic City Electric Golf Classic at Galloway National Golf Club... Read more »

Saenz Family

Ariana and Maria Saenz

Porter, Texas native and First Tee of Greater Houston member Ariana Saenz, 15, was one of 80 junior golfers from across the country that earned an invitation to the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship National Finals held at Augusta National Golf Club.

But Ariana is more than your typical golf prodigy, she’s a story of inspiration for mothers and daughters everywhere.

Ariana began playing golf after undergoing open-heart surgery at age 3. Following the surgery, her doctors suggested that she take up an activity that would keep her active. Her father bought her a set of toy golf clubs, and she’s been playing ever since.

In 2015, her golf game became more than just healthy exercise. It became a key component of her mother’s battle with breast cancer.

Her mother, Maria, was diagnosed in February. Soon after, Ariana signed up for the Drive, Chip & Putt competition in part to offer her mother a distraction from the difficult months ahead. Ariana reached the regional qualifier – one step away from Augusta National – but had to compete without her mother present due to scheduled chemotherapy treatments.

Playing for her mother, Ariana went on to capture the Girls 14-15 Division at the South Central regional qualifier with a score of 119 points. Afterwards, she phoned home to tell her anxious mother they would be heading to the Masters for the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship.

Ariana was also selected to play at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach in September 2014.

Ariana credits the game of golf for getting both her and her mother through tough times in their lives and she strives to give back by participating in the First Tee program and encouraging others to pick up the game.

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