Billy grew up in Leesburg, Virginia, the oldest of four children. His father, Bill, introduced him to golf at a young age, and his mother, Cheryl, supported his growing passion by driving him to countless tournaments. During his senior year at Loudoun County High School, he was named to the all-state team and ranked third in Virginia.
After his naval service ended in 2009, Billy turned his focus to golf. He earned his place on the Web Dot Com Tour in 2011, finishing the season in 25th place and therefore winning his PGA Tour Card. He was the first Naval Academy graduate to achieve this milestone.
For the next 3 years Billy played in numerous events, finishing 5th at the Honda Classic, tied for 4th at the Greenbrier Classic, and qualifying for his first U.S. Open & Open Championship. He struggled during the 2015 season, ultimately losing his PGA Tour card. But he rebounded quickly in 2016 with a win at Quicken Loans National, a Tiger Woods-hosted tribute to military personnel. With that, Billy qualified for his first PGA and Masters Championships.
As of April 2017, Billy is the only U.S. Military veteran on the PGA Tour. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife Heather and their three children Will, Jacob & Madison.
The Hurleys are involved with various charitable organizations, especially those focused on supporting military personnel & their families and those committed to improving the lives of children & young adults.
Hurley is a 2004 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where he earned a bachelor's
degree in Quantitative Economics. He also was named Academic All-American.
He was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy in 2004, rising to the rank of Lieutenant. After his graduation from the academy, he was assigned to the USS Gettysburg, a guided-missile cruiser based in Mayport, Florida, where he was a combat electronic division officer and on the USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
He had an extended deployment in the Persian Gulf, where he held the position of guided missile destroyer's force protection assistant.
College & Amateur Career
As an amateur, Hurley was a member of the victorious American team in the 2005 Walker Cup, held at the Chicago Golf Club. The Walker Cup is a competition held biennially that matches the top American amateurs against the best of Great Britain and Ireland.
He was also captain of the 2004 Palmer Cup team, an annual competition named for Arnold Palmer that matches American collegiate golfers against European college/university players.
Hurley won seven collegiate golf titles at Navy, was named 2004 Patriot League Player of the Year,and earned the award for the top college golfer and sportsman (the Byron Nelson Award). He was ranked the sixth-best amateur in the world.
CHARITIES & CAUSES
BIRDIES FOR THE BRAVE
Birdies for the Brave was originally created in 2006 by Phil Mickelson, and his wife to support combat-wounded veterans. Supported by the PGA TOUR, it is a national military outreach initiative dedicated to honoring and showing appreciation to the courageous men and women of the United States Armed Forces and their families.
COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL, INC
Compassion International is a child-advocacy ministry that pairs compassionate people with those who are suffering from poverty. The ministry releases children from spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty. The goal is for each child to become a responsible and fulfilled adult.