Yesterday Ken Green announced on his blog that his youngest son, Hunter, had passed away in his dorm room at SMU. Apparently Hunter had actually died the week prior but Green’s ex-wife had kept the news from him until just yesterday. As a parent, I can’t imagine the anger and hurt he must be feeling as he tries to process and understand why this has happened.
Green, a fellow New England native (Danbury, CT), is no stranger to tragedy. In June of 2009, Green was seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident when his RV drove off the road and down an embankment. Green was riding in the back when the right front tire blew out, causing the RV to veer off the road and hit a tree. The accident killed Green’s brother, William, his girlfriend, Jeanne Hodgin, as well as his trusty companion Nip (his German Shepherd).
Green has dealt with gambling problems, divorces, and clinical depression over the years. All of which had affected his golf game and left him nearly broke. Before the accident he had just started to play well and earn some money on the Champions Tour. Even though his lower right leg was amputated as a result of injuries suffered in the accident, he has vowed to return to competitive golf. Green has received tremendous support from the golfing community in his comeback attempt. Players like Mark Calcavecchia, Bob Tway, Fred Funk, along with many others have banded together for pro-am fundraisers to help aid Green’s comeback and raise money for his extensive medical bills.
Throughout his entire recovery Green has shown an unbelievably positive attitude that I’m not sure many of us could match if put in the same situation. As painful as this latest heartache may seem at the moment to Green, the entire golfing community is behind him and knows he will stay strong through it all. Hopefully this tragedy only serves to add further fuel to his inner fire to return to the course competitively. When that day comes, and we all hope and pray it does, there won’t be a dry eye in the house.
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