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Louisville man walks PGA course as volunteer using prosthetic leg

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - There may not be anyone who's been counting down the weeks till the PGA Championship at Valhalla, quite like Hilbert Potter.

"Please God, let me pair up with Tiger Woods. I wouldn't know what to do," Potter said.

Potter has been walking up and down courses, like Polo Fields, for weeks to get himself prepared for the role he'll play as part of the security detail, monitoring electronics during play. "Being in the lines with the players is going to be exciting," he said.

Walking 72 holes is a challenge for anyone, but Potter will do it with a prosthetic. "I came back from the Persian Gulf War in '91, was injured there during that time," Potter shared.

Friendly fire during his time in the Army took the veteran's leg. "I was a little discouraged and totally upset by the whole ordeal," he recalled.

A whole new way of life was his only option. "When I did go through physical therapy, the therapist talked about how I could go back and do all these activities. Of course, I didn't believe him at the time," he said.

He believes them now, after walking a couple mini-marathons and prepping for what could be a grueling few days at Valhalla. He'll proudly be wearing shorts, showing off his prosthetic through it all."The hills and divots are going to be a little bit challenging," Potter said.

Potter has worked out some techniques that should help him get from tee off, through the rough, and onto the green without any troubles. "The challenge isn't as great when I'm doing it in that direction," he said.

A solution that allows him to conquer yet another test, while hoping to inspire and show others the way. "I want someone to be able to take my place, when the PGA comes back here," Potter shared.

Potter says he hopes it's someone with the same kind of drive.

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