Dec. 7, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Seminole golf legend Hubert Green earned the highest honor in professional golf on November 12, as he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla. Green was one of just six players recognized with the honor as part of the Class of 2007 and is the first Seminole to ever be inducted.
Green came to Florida State in 1965 and served as the captain of the golf team in 1968. He led Florida State to a 10th place finish in the NCAA Championship tournament in 1968 and guided the Seminoles to several impressive dual-meet victories over many teams in the southeastern United States during his career. Green was inducted into the Florida State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1977 and is one of just six male golfers to earn that distinction. He graduated from Florida State and turned professional in 1969.
A native of Birmingham, Ala., Green was one of the most successful golfers in the history of the sport. He has won 19 PGA Tour events throughout his career including two majors, the 1977 U.S. Open and the 1985 PGA Championship. Green was the recipient of the tour’s rookie of the year award shortly after his career ended at Florida State. He also played as a member of three U.S. Ryder Cup teams.
After joining the Champions Tour (also known as the Senior PGA Tour) in 1997, Green continued his success by winning an additional four tournaments. The Seminole fell on hard times in 2003, however, when his season was cut short after being diagnosed with throat cancer. After undergoing nearly six weeks of radiation and chemotherapy treatment, he returned to the Champions Tour in 2004.
“The induction into the Hall of Fame is just a tremendous capping off to a career of a lifetime,” Green said. “To be inducted into the Hall of Fame is reaching the summit of a career; best of all is being a member of the club that hosts the greats of the game.”
There are 120 male members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. Joining Green in the Class of 2007 was standout American golfer Curtis Strange. Strange won consecutive U.S. Open Championships in 1988 and 1989 and has won more than $7 million during his professional career. The ceremony was attended by several past and present faces of Seminole golf including Green’s teammate Bob Duval, former coach Hugh Durham and current FSU men’s coach Trey Jones.