PGA TOUR’s Billy Hurley III to Attend National Golf Day 2017
Former U.S. Navy Lieutenant to Discuss How Game Supports the Military
(ST. AUGUSTINE, FL) – WE ARE GOLF (WAG) – a coalition of the game’s leading associations and industry partners – today announces the PGA TOUR’s Billy Hurley III will attend National Golf Day's 10th anniversary on Wednesday, April 26 on Capitol Hill. A native of Leesburg, Va., Hurley captured his first career PGA TOUR victory at the 2016 Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club (Bethesda, Md.). He also graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2004 and served as a Naval officer from 2004 to 2009, rising to the rank of Lieutenant. "National Golf Day offers a unique opportunity to share the game's economic, charitable, environmental and fitness benefits to our country’s lawmakers,” says Hurley, a resident of Annapolis, Md. "I’m excited to participate in this event as it serves as a reminder to Congressional leaders about how golf gives back to our military and its families through higher education scholarships, programs for injured service members like ‘Birdies for the Brave’ and other golf rehabilitative activities.” National Golf Day celebrates the game’s nearly $70 billion economic impact, $4 billion annual charitable impact and many environmental and fitness benefits. Industry leaders will meet with Members of Congress, the Executive Branch and federal agencies to discuss golf’s 15,200-plus diverse businesses, two million jobs impacted, tax revenue creation and tourism value. "Golf's longstanding relationship with the military is strong, as evidenced by the 128 U.S. military facilities that operate courses," says Steve Mona, CEO of World Golf Foundation and administrator of WAG. "Billy's presence at National Golf Day further exemplifies the game's relationship with our country's armed forces and serves as a testament to its charitable efforts toward our nation's military." Additionally, the organization will also be hosting a community service project to commemorate National Golf Day's 10th anniversary. The event will take place Tuesday, April 25 from 8 a.m.- 12 p.m. EST on the National Mall and will focus on beautification and land preservation. In May 2016, National Golf Day was the most successful to date with over 120 scheduled Congressional meetings in one day. Globally, the #NGD16 Twitter campaign eclipsed 52 million impressions and reached 17.7 million accounts, including 4.4 million users in a one-hour span. To join the conversation, visit the WE ARE GOLF social media hub. Use #NGD17 and @wearegolf on Twitter and Instagram to show your support for the golf industry.
About WE ARE GOLF WE ARE GOLF, created in 2010, is an industry coalition that communicates the economic, charitable and environmental impact of golf, as well the health and wellness benefits of the game and the affordability and accessibility of golf, to Members of Congress, the Executive Branch and regulatory agencies. The goal of WE ARE GOLF is to ensure that laws and regulations that impact the golf industry are fair and appropriate to an industry that generates nearly $70 billion in economic impact annually, impacts close to two million American jobs and generates nearly $4 billion in charitable giving each year. For more information, please visit www.wearegolf.org.