Lymphoma survivor earns start at Shriners Children’s Open

Ian Gilligan's journey to his PGA TOUR debut at the Shriners Children's Open is a testament to resilience and triumph over adversity. Diagnosed with lymphoma at the age of 15, Gilligan's victory at the Southern Highlands Collegiate earned him a well-deserved spot in the prestigious tournament.

His participation in the Shriners Children's Open holds special significance, as the event aims to improve the lives of children facing medical challenges, a cause close to Gilligan's heart given his own battle with cancer. His story of perseverance aligns perfectly with the tournament's mission, where players walk alongside children as standard-bearers, highlighting their courage and determination.

For Gilligan, playing in a PGA TOUR event is not only a dream come true but also an opportunity for invaluable learning and growth. His recent success on the golf course, including impressive finishes and accolades at the collegiate level, reflects his dedication and talent.

Winning the Southern Highlands Collegiate, especially in his home state of Nevada, further underscores Gilligan's remarkable journey and resilience. As he prepares to compete against the world's top players, Gilligan's presence at the Shriners Children's Open is sure to inspire both on and off the golf course.