Ken Green to Speak at Winter Park Country Club Lecture Series

Ken GreenCentral Florida's Winter Park Country Club will welcome five-time PGA Tour winner Ken Green as part of its Golf Lecture Series presented by the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. The appearance is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 11.

In June 2009, Green was seriously injured in a grizzly motor vehicle accident that claimed the lives of his brother William, his girlfriend Jeanne Hodgin, and his German Shepherd Nip.

Green was in the back of his recreational vehicle traveling on Interstate 20 near Meridian, Mississippi when the right front tire blew, causing the RV to veer off the highway and down a deep embankment before it struck a tree. As a result of his injuries, Green's lower right leg had to be amputated.

Green has vowed to return to competitive golf on the Champions Tour, and hopes to do so by April.

"It's probably not realistic; July might be better," Green said in a recent interview. "But I don't know. I've never done this before. The question is, can I get back to the highest level? Our level and just golf are two different worlds."

 As a sign that Green's comeback attempt might be progressing better than anyone anticipated, he shot a 68 at Breakers West Country Club on Saturday, Oct. 17 according to his blog at www.kengreenscomeback.com.

"Played Breakers Rees Jones on Saturday with the munchkins and did something I truly thought was impossible," Green wrote on his blog. "I’m still hitting about 220 off the tee and 2 clubs shorter with the irons but other than that I’m skilled – anyway from the whites and managed to shoot a 68. No bull donkey – no clue how but true. Of course, i made everything. I’m truly convinced i will be a better putter when i do make it back. I honestly feel that it was one of my finest rounds of golf I’ve ever played."

Green's last professional victory was at the Greater Greensboro Open in 1989. His best year in professional golf was 1988, when he won two events on the PGA Tour and the Dunlop Phoenix in Japan. His best finish in a major was a T-7 at the 1996 U.S. Open. He played on the 1989 Ryder Cup Team.

During his career on the PGA Tour, Green earned notoriety for his rebellious behavior and personal problems.

Green once tried to sneak a few friends into The Masters by hiding them in the trunk of his car. He also made news by drinking beer on-course at the 1997 Masters while playing a round with Arnold Palmer. In 2003, Green made headlines by jumping into a canal in Palm Beach County, Florida to save his dog, Nip, from the jaws of an alligator, according to an article by Golf Digest.

It's also been reported that Green's divorces, gambling and bouts with depression have affected his playing time and the quality of his golf.

The "Voice of Golf" Mr. Peter Kessler is scheduled to emcee the speaking engagement.

Previous speakers include two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen who spoke at Winter Park in October.

Upcoming speakers will include some of golf's greatest PGA and LPGA Tour players, experts in areas such as golf fitness, golf mental coaching, golf history, golf media and more. Space will be limited and tickets will be available for purchase to the general public at the Winter Park Country Club. Contact Winter Park Country Club PGA Golf Professional Brendon Elliott at 407-599-3339 for more information.

With a history that dates back to 1914 and a place on the National Register of Historic Places, the Winter Park Country Club is the second oldest golf club in the Central Florida area. The clubs history includes play by the likes of Sam Snead, Gene Sarazen and Walter Hagen. 

 

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