BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- The bright red shirt makes Billy Hurley III visually distinctive on the golf course. Talk about a guy fully benefiting from home field advantage.
"I must have asked for 70 tickets this week," said Hurley III smiling.
That should come as no surprise, Hurley III hails from nearby Loudoun County, and the Leesburg Legion is certainly in attendance.
"It's certainly special this is driving distance from where we live and this is the only tournament we can do that for," said Hurley's father Bill. "A lot of my children are here and grand kids too."
Hurley graduated from the Naval Academy and according to PGA.com he's the first service academy graduate to make the tour.
Hurley says there's much he's learned from his Navy days that apply to his current work.
"The Naval Academy and the Navy taught me a lot about mental toughness and time management and those are pretty big out here," says Hurley III.
As a Surface Warfare Officer he made his career on the water. As a golfer he mostly steers clear of the water thank you very much. Still, he says, the allure of his past is never far off.
"You know i served for five years with the best men and women this nation has to offer," said Hurley III. "I loved being in the Navy and probably still would be in the Navy if i wasn't golfing."