Hurley bows out of U.S. Amateur Championship

Billy Hurley

Aug. 25, 2005

Ens. Billy Hurley (Leesburg, Va.), a 2004 graduate of the Naval Academy, bowed out of the 2005 U.S. Amateur Championship Thursday morning, as Canadian Mark Leon defeated the former All-American, 1 up, in the second round of match play at the Merion Golf Club.

Hurley started off the morning strong, winning two of the first three holes. He held a 2 up advantage until the seventh hole when Leon birdied and Hurley shot par, cutting Hurley's advantage to one hole. On the ninth, Hurley pushed his lead back to 2 up, claiming the hole when Leon bogeyed. Leon went on to win holes 10 and 11, squaring the match with seven holes remaining.

Leon took his first lead of the match in the 14th as he birdied and Hurley shot par. Hurley, though, squared the match on the 15th where Leon bogeyed. Hurley bogeyed the 16th hole, giving Leon a 1 up advantage he would not relinquish.