Most people think that after they lose a limb, their lives are over or will no longer be the same. This was not what Ken Green thought after he lost one leg. Today he returned to the sport he loves the most, Golf! Keep reading to know more about this amazing and inspiring story and don’t forget to check out some of Ken Green’s photos and video below.
Ken Green has faced many challenges in his life, but it was the school he had at home from his mother who taught him to never give up on his dreams, even if he had to be stubborn about it. He was born in Danbury, Connecticut on January 23, 1958. The first time he played golf was in Honduras where his dad Martin Green was working, Ken loved golf so much that by the time he was 19 he was already pro. Two years later he joined the PGA, where he won a total of 5 PGA tours. His first win was at the Buick Open in 1985 followed by The International in 1986, Canadian Open and the Great Milwaukee Open KMart Greater Greensboro Open in 1989.
For veteran golfer Ken Green, June 8th, 2009 was the most horrible day of his life. Not only did he just lose part of his right leg in a terrible car accident, but he lost Jeannie Hodgin, his girlfriend of 11 years, Billy his brother and his German shepherd Nip, the same dog he had saved from an alligator in Florida in 2003. It all happened when a tire on Ken’s car blew out causing the car to lose control. It began to spin violently then it rolled down an embankment stopping at a tree. Ken was the only survivor of the terrible accident and was taken to a local Hospital in Mississippi where doctors told him they saved his leg, but it will never regain its movement, so Ben made the decision to amputate his leg from below his right knee, he now uses a prosthetic leg. After this tragedy, Ken didn’t give up, he announced he would come back to golf one day.
"From the day I said, ‘Cut my leg,’ there was no doubt in my mind I was going to play, unfortunately, the mind thinks differently than the body. But I still believe that I can do this and I can pull this off. It’s just going to be a little longer time than I probably would have liked. Realistically, it hasn’t been that long." Ken Green said.
But it seemed that tragedy was not over for Ken Green’s life. Three months after his accident and the loss of his beloved family, Hunter Green, his twenty one year old son who was a sophomore at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas was found dead in his dorm on January 22nd. An autopsy revealed a deadly combination of prescription drugs and alcohol in his system, which is what caused Hunter’s death.
"I don’t know how I managed to say, ‘OK, I’m going to still keep fighting the fight and go out there and try to play golf,’" Green said. "That’s what the Big Guy wants me to do. You do the battle. But it’s a tough one. There’s a lot of crying moments, trust me."
Today this remarkable and inspiring golfer returned to the course, with one leg, but with his heart full of joy and happiness to return to the sport that he most cherished to come back to.
Today 51 year old Ken Green will make his return at the Legends of Golf, paired with his longtime friend and last year’s partner Mike Reid, who he sent a note after his accident to look for another partner who will really help him win a tournament, but Mike didn’t give up on his friend. But for Ken now at the golf course he could get rid of the feeling that he will be embarrassed of how he would play, but then with that optimism he decided that he was going to have fun and give it the best he can.
"All right, guys," he said quietly to his amateurs as he stood over his opening tee shot. "I don’t know. This might be interesting. I do want to have fun and enjoy it, Because I don’t know how many times I’m going to get the chance to do this again." Ben said.
Ken lives in West Palm Beach, and sees his son Ken Jr. as often as he can. He might be the first golfer playing with one leg but he might be one of the first golfers whose story will set a mark that will inspire millions to hold on, fight and conquer your dreams. Welcome back Ken Green!!
Take a look at the photos and the impressive video below.
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