"It gets me a chance to play a lot," Greer noted of his career in Arizona, helping companies and individuals purchase golf courses.
"There's a lot of great players out here."
Indeed. Over forty foursomes teed it up on Monday for the Fifth Third Marshall Hall of Fame Charity Golf Tournament, held at both Bellefonte Country Club in Ashland, KY and Guyan Country Club in Huntington, WV. The tournament hopes to raise $100,000 for the Ronald McDonald House and the Big Green Scholarship Foundation.
Greer is a NBA Hall of Famer, and was voted on the team of the 50 greatest NBA players of all time. These days, though, are spent working and returning to Huntington as often as he possibly can.
Hal Greer lined up a putt on the practice green at Guyan Country Club.
Naturally, golf is involved. "About three years ago," Greer says when asked when he last traveled to Huntington. "And I think we won that tournament, too," Greer chuckles. Nonetheless, Greer looks forward to coming back home whenever he can. "I went by my boulevard (Hal Greer Boulevard) this morning, " Greer laughs. "It's a great tribute, really."
"Everywhere I go, people always ask where I'm from. The first thing I tell them is 'Huntington, West Virginia'.
In addition to Greer, former major-league pitcher Jeff Montgomery is also playing in the charity tournament. Montgomery pitched for Marshall in the mid-80s, and went on to a 17-year career in the majors, the longest stretch with the Kansas City Royals. Montgomery still lives in the Kansas City area.
Former major league pitcher Jeff Montgomery spoke with reporters at Guyan Country Club on Monday, prior to the Fifth Third Marshall Hall of Fame Charity Golf Tournament.
Nowadays, Montgomery stays busy with business interest in three radio stations, develops real estate, and is very active in the Royals' Alumni Association.
"I feel like I'm going to have a chance to make the most of my short time in town this week, to talk with old buddies," Montgomery said Monday at Guyan Country Club. "I'm anxious to learn more about what's been going on, university wide [at Marshall]."
Montgomery even pointed out that he has tickets to the Marshall-Kansas State football game in September. The twist is that his oldest daughter is interested in going to Kansas State next year. Will Montgomery be forced to wear both schools' colors? Not by a longshot.
"It's easy for me. My blood is not purple," Montgomery laughs.
The Fifth Third Marshall Hall of Fame Charity Golf Tournament will conclude with a dinner/dance on Monday night, featuring an auction for autographed items from Greer, Montgomery, and other Marshall athletes such as Chad Pennington, Byron Leftwich and Troy Brown.