Players Championship Notebook
A Walk with Hurley
Pictured from left: Vice Admiral Amerault, Ret., Bill Hurley III, Lt. Cmdr. Scott Myers
Navy Lt. Cmdr. Scott Myers was the only fan to watch a practice round on Monday at the Stadium Course-unless someone sneaked in.
But Myers had permission on a day closed to the public, courtesy of the PGA Tour and Bill Hurley III, a Naval Academy graduate and the only active Tour player to have served in the military.
Myers walked nine holes with Hurley through a gift from James Amerault, a retired Vice Admiral who lives in Atlantic Beach and has been a marshal at the 14th hole for the past 10 years. Amerault is the board chairman for the Navy Safe Harbor Foundation, which assists wounded, ill or injured members of the Navy and the Coast Guard and their families.
Amerault bought the day with Hurley at a silent auction earlier this year held in conjunction with a charity tournament at the TPC Sawgrass for True Blue Navy, an organization that assists area sailors and their families. He and Hurley arranged for Myers to travel from Washington, D.C., to Ponte Vedra Beach to walk in the fairway along with Hurley on the front nine.
“I only play a little bit of golf,” Myers said. “It’s amazing to watch how good [Hurley] is.”