Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class Blair White, with Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 1, first learned about the opportunity to win an all-expense-paid trip to the “Billy Hurley III and the Brave Golf Tournament” from the life-size poster of Hurley on display in the pro shop at NAS Patuxent River’s Cedar Point Golf Course.
“I wanted to enter because who wouldn’t want a chance to meet the only [current] PGA Tour golfer who is also a Navy veteran,” said White, who ended up winning one of the raffles held at Navy-affiliated golf courses around the country. “I was shocked when I won and extremely excited for this once in a lifetime opportunity.”
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Billy Hurley was comfortably in his element as he rode around the U.S. Naval Academy’s century-old golf course where he once excelled for the Midshipmen and still frequented to practice and play. As the noisy gas cart negotiated the rolling tree-lined fairways, he stopped to visit with each of the 18 groups, shake hands and thank every golfer for participating, then pose for a team photo.
The Billy Hurley III & the Brave Golf Tournament, held on July 31, was destined to be different when he and business manager Jana Smoley of Sunrise Sports Consulting seriously began contemplating an event that would address his and Heather’s commitment to help active duty families.
Billy Hurley III is known in golf circles for his dedication to giving back to the military, but this may be his biggest charitable undertaking yet.
Presenting sponsor Leidos, a defense and cybersecurity company and one of the event’s 24 corporate sponsors, presented the Anchor Scholarship Foundation with a $60,000 donation to endow a new, recurring scholarship. It is Hurley’s first time working with Anchor.
ANNAPOLIS –Billy Hurley checked off all the boxes when he decided to hold a charity golf tournament.
Several causes that are near and dear to his heart will be addressed as part of the inaugural Billy Hurley III and The Brave Golf Tournament, being held next week in his hometown of Annapolis.
Hurley and wife Heather believe strongly in supporting active duty service members and that is the main thrust of this event, which takes place Monday and Tuesday at the Naval Academy Golf Course.
ANNAPOLIS –As the only military veteran on the PGA TOUR, Billy Hurley III knows what it’s like to serve his country. This U.S. Naval Academy alumnus spent five years as a surface warfare officer, including deployment in the Persian Gulf, before returning to civilian life as a full-time TOUR contender in 2009.
On July 31st, 2017, he’ll be giving back in a big way. With help from some very generous sponsors, he’ll transport 18 active duty military personnel from base to golf course, all expenses paid, to play in the inaugural Billy Hurley III and the Brave Golf Tournament.
SILVIS — Two players who received John Deere Classic sponsor exemptions early in their respective careers decided to add the annual local PGA Tour event to their schedules on Friday.
Billy Hurley III and Morgan Hoffmann were two nice additions to the 156-man field that will be playing in the $5.6 million event next week at TPC Deere Run. Hurley, who won last year’s Quicken Loans National and was T8 at this year’s Wells Fargo Championship, is No. 107 in the FedEx Cup standings. Hoffmann, still seeking his first PGA Tour victory, is No. 74.
CROMWELL — The pros don’t hit the fairways at the TPC River Highlands until Thursday but the community got in the game for military moms from around the state.
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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.