About Billy

Billy grew up in Leesburg, Virginia, the oldest of four children. His father, Bill, introduced him to golf at a young age, and his mother, Cheryl, supported his growing passion by driving him to countless tournaments. During his senior year at Loudoun County High School, he was named to the all-state team and ranked third in Virginia.

Following high school, Billy attended the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Over the course of his four-year intercollegiate golf career, he won seven titles, represented the United States in the Walker and Palmer Cups, received the Byron Nelson Award, and was named Patriot League Player of the Year. He graduated in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in quantitative economics.

Billy’s first sea duty was aboard the USS Gettysburg (CG 64) homeported in Mayport, Florida. He held several important billets as a member of the crew, including combat electronic division officer. He returned to the Naval Academy for his follow-on shore tour and taught economics for two years. He went back to sea with the USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93), stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. His second sea duty included an extended deployment to the Persian Gulf during which he served as the guided missile destroyer’s force protection assistant and first lieutenant.

He completed his Navy service in June 2009 and began concentrating on golf full-time. In 2011, after earning a place on the Web.com Tour, Billy finished the season at 25th on the money list, which earned him a PGA Tour card, the first Naval Academy graduate to do so.

In 2012, Billy played 27 events on the PGA Tour, highlighted by a fourth place finish at the AT&T National. The following year he returned to the Web.com Tour, finishing 26th – good enough to return to the PGA Tour in 2014. That year he finished fifth at the Honda Classic, T-16 at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, T-8 at Quicken Loans National, and T-4 at the Greenbrier Classic. He also qualified for his first-ever U.S. Open as well as The Open Championship.

Despite high hopes, Billy’s 2015 season put him outside of the top 125 players, and he lost his PGA Tour card. And although he started his 2016 campaign with “conditional” status, in June he wound up winning the Quicken Loans National – a tournament hosted by Tiger Woods as a tribute to military personnel. The win qualified Billy to play his first PGA Championship the following month as well as his first Masters the following spring.

As of April of 2017, Billy is the only U.S. military veteran on the PGA Tour.

Billy lives in Annapolis with his wife, Heather, and three children, Will, Jacob and Madison.

The family is active in numerous charities, especially military-focused organizations like Birdies for the Brave, a PGA Tour-sponsored initiative. The Hurleys have also been involved with multiple organizations that help children, including the World Gospel Outreach children’s camp in Honduras and the Ark Children’s House orphanage in Ecuador.