You can go home again.
Albert Green returned to Eisenhower Golf Course on Saturday morning, some 45 years after he became the first pro there when the course opened in 1969. Green was there to speak with junior golfers participating in the “Hook A Kid On Golf” program coordinated by the National Alliance for Youth Sports. The program provides opportunities to golf for kids that otherwise likely wouldn't come in contact with the game.
Green, an inductee into the National Black Golfers Hall of Fame who played in the 1970 U.S. Open, spoke about his passion for the game that drove him into a long, respected career in the industry, including multiple teaching jobs in the region.
Access to golf was difficult for Green growing up, often only allowed to play courses on Mondays, when they were often closed for members and white players. Green emphasized the importance of education to the kids, underscoring the need to know the past to make the future better.
“This is a great game and I’d do anything to help them because I know what this game can lead you to and where it will go for you,” Green said, according to the Annapolis Capital. “Our youth needs to have something precious to lean on. They need to know that somebody just like them has made it and they can do this too.”