Billy Hurley, a 23-year-old Navy ensign from Leesburg, was selected to the 10-man team that will represent the United States in the Walker Cup Match, the United States Golf Association announced yesterday. Although the USGA was unable to confirm it, Hurley is believed to be the first from the Washington area chosen to the team since Marty West of Rockville went in 1973 and '79.
Hurley, a 2004 Naval Academy graduate, learned of his selection Monday evening.
"I was just relieved," he said. "At that point, everybody wanted to know. Every time the phone rang, I thought, 'Maybe this is it.' It's super, super exciting."
The Walker Cup is an amateur competition of 16 singles and eight foursomes (alternate shot) matches between U.S. and Britain and Ireland teams. This year's event is Aug. 13-14 at Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill. The Britain and Ireland team has won the last three matches -- 1999, 2001 and 2003, but the U.S. leads the overall series 31-7-1.
Also selected for the U.S. team: Matt Every, 22, Daytona Beach, Fla., who was the low amateur at the U.S. Open; Michael Putnam, 22, Tacoma, Wash.; Lee Williams, 23, Alexandria City, Ala.; Anthony Kim, 20, La Quinta, Calif.; Brian Harman, 18, Savannah, Ga.; John Holmes, 23, Campbellsville, Ky.; Jeff Overton, 22, Evansville, Ind.; Kyle Reifers, 22, Dublin, Ohio; and Nicholas Thompson, 22, Coral Springs, Fla. Bob Lewis, who played on four Walker Cup teams, returns as the captain. He also was the captain in 2003.
"I know all of the guys, some better than others," Hurley said. "It's a very good team."
Hurley will get his first chance to see the Chicago Golf Club course when he practices with the team July 28-30.
-- Kathy Orton