A perfect celebration for Green
by Johnathan Bentley
May 18, 2012 | 876 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Phil Green was ready to celebrate.

Marking his 20th year as the golf professional at Musgrove Country Club, Green didn’t have to go far to mark the occasion — he grabbed his clubs and hit the course.

“I went out to play a quick nine holes,” Green said.

The “quick” round ended up being one he will never forget.

Green shot a 31 on the front nine. It wasn’t the three birdies that stood out — it was the hole-in-one.

Green aced the 159-yard, No. 6 hole while playing with Ken Lloyd last month.

“That was quite a deal,” Green said. “That was my third hole-in-one. My first was in Dallas when I was about 16 years old and then I made one on No. 9 here about 12 years ago.”

Green, who is originally from Dallas, took over as the Musgrove golf pro in 1992. Prior to that, Green worked at a course in Oklahoma City.

“My wife is from Bessemer and she wanted to get back to the area. A good friend of mine was a golf sales rep. I called him and asked him if anything comes open to let me know. He found out about this job. I called the club, set up an interview and here I am,” Green said.

He arrived on the scene in 1992, the same year the course was remodeled.

“When I first came, they were starting the renovation of the course. That’s when they added bent-grass greens and remodeled the course. They were still in the grow-in process when I came,” Green added. “The course has advanced tremendously over the years. We have a course here that is one of the top in the state. It’s a fun golf course to play. You never get tired of playing it.”

Tournament-season is heating up at the course, which hosted the 24th annual Bama Scramble last week and has the 2012 Bob Carr Club Championship as well as the 40th annual Pigeon Dove Junior Tournament coming up in the next few weeks.

“I love Musgrove Country Club and the people. It’s been a perfect fit for me. I still look forward to coming in every single day. I love days like the Bama Scramble or when any special event is going on. It’s a fun atmosphere,” Green said.

“I’d love to stay another 20 years, but we will see.”