Hurley Spurred by Coach, Navy Experience

Billy Hurley

Sept. 29, 2011

Billy Hurley doesn't much care why he turned his season around only that he did. Now he is really looking forward to the next few weeks on the Nationwide Tour.

Hurley, 29, is playing in his first full season on Tour and it was a harmless conversation he had with his swing coach in the middle of June that spurred him on.

He was in the airport waiting to go to the Tour stop in Wichita when he called his swing coach, Mitchell Spearman. And Spearman had a little advice that Hurley took to heart.

"He said to me 'Billy, you are too good to be shooting these scores,'" Hurley said about his early-season struggles where he missed five of six cuts. "So what he was saying sort of woke me up a little and I also kind of worked on my mental game and that helped me."

Hurley went on to finish fifth at the Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open and has made nine straight cuts. All of sudden he's one of the most consistent players on Tour.

He's been so consistent of late he's had 24 straight rounds of par or better. That's why he's in solid shape at No. 19 on the Nationwide Tour's money list.

Hurley has tried to analyze what Spearman said.

"It was kind of along the lines of convincing myself I could play better than I was playing," Hurley said. "I think another thing was I was finally getting comfortable out here."

It's hard to believe that Hurley, a former officer in the Navy, was out of golf for basically five years as he fulfilled his obligation of military service. He was a star golfer at Navy, was on the 2005 Walker Cup team, but golf wasn't a priority for the better part of four years.

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