Hurley Eyes PGA Tour Success After Stint in Navy

Billy Hurley

June 1, 2011

On this day of remembrance, Nationwide Tour golfers preparing for this week's Melwood Prince George's County Open have a lot to think about.

Strolls down the fairway might be accompanied by memories of those who make it possible for people to thwack golf balls and stroke putts for a living.

One player in the field, however, may think back to his own time in uniform, when golf was barely a part of his life.

Despite graduating as the country's top collegiate golfer, Billy Hurley III has so far navigated a career highlighted by much more than clutch putts or hoisted trophies.

Just a few years ago, the golfing prodigy was wrapped up in more ambitious pursuits, like steering a war ship through the Suez Canal, or sailing from Pearl Harbor to the Persian Gulf to help protect Iraqi oil platforms.

Hurley - a 2004 Naval Academy graduate - spent time near Bahrain, the Red Sea, Djibouti, Indonesia, Philippines, Maldives, China, Japan and Korea before concluding his mandatory five-year tour of duty in the summer of 2009.

Now he's trying to find a permanent home on the PGA Tour.

For the complete article by Nick Eilerson of The Washington Times click here