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The name is Green, the game is ripe
Sarah Pileggi
March 25, 1974
They say he's too old to be called a young lion, but Hubert Green just goes right on winning and grinning
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March 25, 1974

The Name Is Green, The Game Is Ripe

They say he's too old to be called a young lion, but Hubert Green just goes right on winning and grinning

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His ties to his hometown are strong. He is concerned that the rest of the country still equates Birmingham with Bull Connor, attack dogs and the like, and wants to be involved in letting people know things are now better in Alabama. He has promised his winnings from pro-ams this year, which he hopes will top $10,000, to the A. G. Gaston Boys Club of Birmingham. " Trevino and Homero share some of their earnings," he says. " Leonard Thompson gave away $10,000 of his Inverrary purse. I think more of us young players ought to do things like that."

As for his game, he assesses it with an unusually cold eye. "I am a good putter, an excellent chipper but a poor bunker player," he says. "I have become in the last year a good driver. I'd say one of the seven or eight most accurate on the tour when I'm playing well. My short irons are not bad and I've been working on my long irons for quite a while, and I'm improving. I have been a fair player trying to be a good player, and I think I'm beginning to be a good player. I'm growing. Lanny Wadkins and jerry Heard are good players. Johnny Miller and Tom Weiskopf are good players on the verge of moving into the great category. In my eyes I'm not quite in the good category yet."

O.K. Take a fair-to-good golfer with one gray hair, two wins and $82,000 in the bank by March, one who gets a kick out of watching paint dry, and ask him what he thinks of life. If he is Hubert Green he will shoot you a mischievous grin and say, "This year is going to be fun!"

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