Hurley Welcomes Four Unique Pro-Am Partners
February 13, 2012
By PGA TOUR Staff
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif.—The Annenberg Foundation is showing its appreciation to military members and their families as well as local veterans by hosting a series of Birdies for the Brave military outreach activities during this week’s Northern Trust Open.
As part of those functions, the Annenberg Foundation today will provide four wounded warriors with the opportunity to live out their golf fantasies by sponsoring the group in the Northern Trust Open’s pro-am, where they will compete alongside many of the world’s best players. The foursome will be paired with PGA TOUR rookie Billy Hurley III, who earned his TOUR card at the 2011 Nationwide Tour Championship just two and a half years after serving as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.
The wounded warriors competing in the pro-am are Army infantryman Danny Crosser of San Jacinto, Calif., who received the Bronze Star and the Presidential Unit Citation for heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force during the Vietnam War in 1967; Army SPC Bryant Jacobs of Herriman, Utah, whose extensive leg injuries resulted from an improvised explosive device explosion during his tour of duty in Iraq in 2004 at age 24; Army Sergeant First Class (retired) Jake Keeslar from Big Bear, Calif., a double amputee who received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star after being injured during combat operations in Iraq in June 2006; and Coast Guard Third Class Petty Officer Michael Beuoy, a former helicopter rescue swimmer who suffered a serious spinal cord injury. After being in a wheelchair, Beuoy underwent several years of rehabilitative therapy and no longer needs the assistance of crutches. He developed a passion for golf during his rehabilitation with the non-profit group Disabled Sports USA.
Like his pro-am teammates, Hurley knows a thing or two about serving his country. He spent the last two of his five-year, active-duty commitment deployed aboard the missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon, which spent several months in the northern part of the Persian Gulf protecting Iraqi oil platforms.
The Annenberg Foundation’s support for the military continues on Feb. 15 when it will join with the Northern Trust Open, Birdies for the Brave and Operation Shower to provide a group baby shower for 40 military moms-to-be whose spouses are deployed members of Naval Base Ventura County. The event will take place from 10:00 am to noon in the Birdies for the Brave Patriots’ Outpost, and will be hosted by Emmy Award-winning actress Sarah Michelle Gellar.
Other military outreach activities will include the opportunity for service members from all five branches of the military to serve as caddies on the 10th tee and as pin flag holders on the 10th green during the tournament’s Wednesday pro-am. Military Appreciation Day is Feb. 18, an event that features military caddies assisting TOUR players on the 10th tee, and a special Military Appreciation Ceremony at 7:30 a.m. PST.
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