Saturday, October 17, 2009

Ken Green to Speak at the Historic Winter Park Country Club

The Winter Park Country Club is very honored to have Mr. Ken Green as our guest for the November edition of our Golf Lecture Series, presented by the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.

Green was born in Danbury, Connecticut. He started playing golf at age 12 in Honduras, where his father, Martin "Marty" Green, was principal of the American school and his only choices were golf or soccer. He quit school at 16 but returned later to finish. He attended and graduated from Palm Beach Junior College and attended the University of Florida for one year. After school he worked to pursue his dream of becoming a professional tour player. He turned pro in 1979 and joined the PGA Tour in 1980.

Green had 5 wins on the PGA Tour; all his wins came in the mid to late 1980s. His first win came in 1985 at the Buick Open, and his last was at the Kmart 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.

Green lives in West Palm Beach, Florida. He has two sons, Ken Jr. and Hunter. He is an avid bowler who has rolled three 300 games.

In June 2009, Green was seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident when his motor home left the road. 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 road and go down a deep embankment before hitting a tree. The accident killed Green's brother, William, who Green said was driving; Green's girlfriend, Jeanne Hodgin; and Nip, Green's German Shepherd. Even though his lower right leg was amputated as a result of injuries suffered in the accident, Green has vowed to return to competitive golf.

The "Voice of Golf" Mr. Peter Kessler is scheduled to emcee the event once again.


The Winter Park Country Club Lecture Series presented by Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children will take place once a month throughout the year at the Winter Park Country Club at 761 Old England Ave. in Winter Park. Scheduled 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. The course makes its way through the downtown Winter Park area and provides a challenge to even the most experienced golfer. Course conditions are always superb. With its narrow, tree-lined fairways and postage stamp, bunker guarded greens; this course will provide a test for every shot in a golfer’s arsenal. For further information call Head Golf Professional Brendon Elliott at 407-599-3339.The WPCC can also be reached by email at:


Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, supported by the Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation, is a 158-bed facility dedicated exclusively to the needs of children. Located in Orlando, Arnold Palmer Hospital provides expertise in pediatric specialties such as cardiac care, craniomaxillofacial surgery, emergency and trauma care, gastroenterology, nephrology, oncology, orthopedics, pulmonology and sports medicine. Visit to learn more about all of our specialties.

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