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Valero Texas Open

How a 14-Year-Old Cancer Patient Took Her First Golf Swing With a High-Profile Coach — Jordan Spieth

SAN ANTONIO — Kendall Ramos is a newbie when it comes to the game of golf, but she’s quickly making up for lost time. And it only helped to fuel the fire that her first golf lesson — and even her first swing — came under the capable eye of one of Texas’ most beloved golfers.

Ramos was diagnosed with cancer in 2021 after constant knee pain led her mom, Crystal Landgraf, to take her to a doctor.

After a cancer diagnosis and surgery that removed part of her leg, the 14-year-old Kendall has been learning how to walk with a prosthetic.

“She was complaining about right knee pain for about five or six weeks, so we had her X-rayed where I was working at and I sent it to the radiologist … thank God,” Crystal Landgraf said. “He called me the next day as the provider, not as her mom, and the very next day we were seeing an oncologist.”

This week, the resident of Corpus Christi made the two-hour trek to TPC San Antonio’s Oaks Course prior to the 100th playing of the Valero Texas Open.

Not only did she get a set of clubs from Titleist, including a custom-made Scotty Cameron putter, but Ramos got to take her first golf swing with returning champion Jordan Spieth by her side.

The moment was uplifting and emotional.

Jordan Spieth helps Wish come true with lesson at Valero Texas Open