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Kenny Green wins National Amputee title for third straight year

October 27, 2004 · MT Media Relations
BOULDER CITY, Nev. - Middle Tennessee senior golfer Kenny Green won the National Amputee Golf Championship for the third straight year this past week at the Boulder Creek Golf Club. Green, who plays with a prosthetic limb below his knee, carded a 3-under par 213 (73-71-69) to win the event by eight shots over Jeff Nicholas.

"To win three straight years is amazing, but it was something I really wanted heading into the tournament," said Green. "Things did not look good after the first round, but I kept plugging away, found a groove and just started making birdies."

Green, who defeated Nicholas for the third straight year after Nicholas had won the previous 12 titles, was down by six shots after the first day due to some very windy and cold conditions in the desert.

"The wind blew about 30 miles an hour the first day and it was extremely cold," Green stated.

In the second round the wind was still causing problems, but this time the rain came and play was suspended with Green having played just 14 of 18 holes. The Clarksville, Tenn., native stood five shots back of first place when play was called due to the weather.

On day three, the wind and rain was replaced by sunny skies and it did not take long for Green to take advantage. The two-time defending champion birdied three of his remaining four holes from the second round to pull within two shots of the lead heading into the final 18.

"I took advantage of the weather to make some birdies on those four holes and it really gave me some momentum heading into the final round," said Green.

The momentum Green built continued as he birdied two of the first five holes to take the lead for good en route to posting a 69 on the last day.

"On the last day I was really getting off the tee well and making putts," said Green. "When you do those things it usually turns into success and fortunately it was enough for another championship."

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