USN had a chance to ask PGA TOUR™ professional golfer Billy Hurley III about his military background (USNA ’04) as well as his golf career, including how he feels about being the only military Veteran on the PGA TOUR™.
He won his only PGA TOUR™ tournament at the 2016 Quicken Loans National and is back June 29-July 2 to defend his title (for more info, go to www.qlnational.com).
Billy Hurley III is a bit of an anomaly on the PGA TOUR. Although, as a kid, he dreamed of having a pro golf career, he took the “scenic route” to get there. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the United States Naval Academy, then served five years as a naval officer—including deployment in the Persian Gulf—before earning his place on the TOUR.
Byron Nelson week! Fore Play is back with yet another epidote. This week we were joined by Billy Hurley III. We actually went to Washington DC and interviewed Billy in person at TPC Potomac. Awesome guy. We talked with him for about 25 minutes.
POTOMAC — Billy Hurley III acknowledges he might have a slight advantage over his fellow PGA Tour professionals during the Quicken Loans National. That’s because the Annapolis resident has significant experience playing the golf course that will host the tournament.
Hurley routinely practices at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm and has played two competitive tournaments there.
The Quicken Loans National golf tournament returns to Montgomery County this summer but it will be played at a different course than last year. For the first time in the tournament’s eleven-year history, golfers will tee off at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm. MyMCMedia’s Sonya Burke has more.
As the only military veteran on the PGA Tour, Billy Hurley III remains an advocate who honors those who are serving and have served in the armed forces.
That is why his first career victory at the Quicken Loans National became one of golf’s most inspirational stories last year. The 2004 Naval Academy graduate hoisted the trophy — presented to him by Tiger Woods, the event’s host — in his hometown tournament that places a premium on initiatives designed to recognize the military.