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GREENSBORO, NC — Retired Col. Kevin Reinert finished a golf round Friday that was seven months in the making.

On Oct. 6, he was playing the 18th hole at the Starmount Country Club in Greensboro when a car hit him, causing severe injuries. Even seven months later, Col. Reinert is not fully healed.

But Friday he returned to the 18th hole to finish what he started.

“I’ve had better scores on a golf course,” Reinert said. “But never a better time on a golf course.”

More than a dozen friends and family members joined Reinert as he played the 18th hole. They cheered and at times, cried, watching him play the game he loves.

“I’ve been looking forward to this day for seven months,” his daughter, LeeAnne Reinert, said. “This is one of the best days of our lives for my family.”

Reinert said he still has physical therapy sessions a few times a week but hopes to be well enough to play a full golf round by the end of the summer.

“My knees are killing me,” Reinert said. “But I’ve never been better in my life.”