Pro golfer visits former ship

PGA professional and former Navy Lt. Billy Hurley tours USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) with Cdr. Justin Orlich, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Hurley was the former first lieutenant on the ship.

Story and photo by MC3 Dustin W. Sisco

Navy Public Affairs Support Element West Det Hawaii

Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) professional and former Navy Lt. Billy Hurley III visited the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) on Jan. 9.

Hurley served aboard the Chung-Hoon from June 2007 to June 2009 as the force protection assistant and first lieutenant.

During the visit, Hurley had lunch in the wardroom before taking a tour of some of the old spaces where he used to work.

“I’m really excited to be back here to see the different things that are going on in the surface Navy,” Hurley said.

Hurley discussed his desire to play golf while serving in the Navy.

“In college, I really wanted to pursue golf as a profession,” Hurley said. “When I came out here to Chung-Hoon, I was sort of trying to get ready to go back to golf, but still trying to be a good division officer. I knew in the academy that I had that five-year obligation.”

Chief Fire Controlman Wesley Pruitt, one of Hurley’s old shipmates, talked about making jokes with Hurley while he was stationed aboard ChungHoon.

“I was a first class back then,” Pruitt said. “He used to give me a hard time. The first thing he asked me was, ‘Wow, they let you be a chief?'” Pruitt joked.

Hurley compared playing golf to military life.

“The military is a constant go-machine,” Hurley said. “In golf, you get a short off-season as well, and you get right back at it.”

After the tour of the ship, Hurley expressed how much he enjoyed being back at his former command.

“It’s been a lot of fun today, to be back on board the Chung-Hoon and see a lot of officers and Sailors that I served with,” Hurley said. “It was a real treat. I was happy we were able to make it work with the schedule with everybody.”

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