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KAPALUA, Hawaii – Journeyman Billy Hurley III and his wife, Heather, always joked that when Billy finally did win on the PGA Tour, finally qualified to play in the circuit’s winners-only SBS Tournament of Champions, the family would do it up right.

They’d make the long trip from Annapolis, Md., to Hawaii very early, right after Christmas, giving the Hurley clan enough time to enjoy the pool, the sandy beaches, maybe a sunset boating excursion and all the spoils of paradise.

Instead, there they were on Sunday – two parents and three children ages 2-9, frantically dashing through airports to make their next connection on the long trek to Maui. Planning a hawaii vacation Any thoughts of getting to Hawaii early were dashed as Heather’s younger sister got married on New Year’s Eve in frosty Syracuse, N.Y.

“So you’re kind of like, ‘Shoot, how am I going to enjoy this place?’ ” Hurley said, jokingly, after getting his first look at Kapalua Resort’s sprawling Plantation Course mid-Monday afternoon.

Deals for hawaii package “I mean, I have to play in a golf tournament!”

He laughs, because he knows life does not always adhere to a strict plan. Best hawaii packages His path to the PGA Tour took a lengthy detour as he fulfilled a five-year service commitment after graduating from the U.S. Cheap hawaii trip packages Naval Academy in 2004. All inclusive to hawaii (That said, there aren’t many PGA Tour pros holding a degree in quantitative economics.)

Golf-wise, there had been trying late-summer evenings, usually in August, often when Qualifying School entry was due, when the checks from mini-tour starts weren’t stacking too highly and he and Heather soul-searched and wondered whether golf was the best avenue for the family’s future and well-being.

In June, validation arrived in the form of Hurley’s three-stroke victory at the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club in the nation’s capital, not far from where the Virginia-born Hurley was raised. Inexpensive hawaii vacation packages At 34, the former midshipman finally was a PGA Tour winner, ready to enjoy all the perks that victory delivers: A two-year safety net in the form of a Tour exemption; a berth in the Masters at venerable Augusta National; a New Year’s date in Maui.

There was great symmetry to Hurley winning when and where he did. Two island hawaii vacation packages For one, victory came in his own back yard. Affordable hawaii vacation And secondly, it was at the Quicken Loans one year earlier that Hurley had made an emotional plea for people to help him find his father, Willard Hurley Jr., a former police sergeant who’d experienced bouts of depression and had been missing for nine days.

Hurley Jr. Vacation to hawaii was spotted in Texas and made his way back to Virginia. Holiday packages for hawaii But two weeks after his son’s plea, Hurley Jr., who played college golf and passed his love for the game along to his son, was found dead near the Potomac River, His death was caused by a self-inflicted gunshot. Hawaii condos for rent He was 61. Hawaii vacation deals So when Hurley III broke through to win last summer, and the man whom he’d have loved to share the moment with wasn’t there, grown men were reduced to tears.

At 34, Billy Hurley III never stops learning, and there were two lessons that emerged from losing his dad and winning a PGA Tour event. Vacation to hawaii cost The first was this: he had never experienced anything really bad in his life. Hawaii holiday package deals He grew up in a terrific family, got accepted and excelled at the Naval Academy, and followed a dream out to the PGA Tour.

“And so that opened my eyes to how many people go through some really bad stuff, whether it’s suicide or unexpected death, or cancer, whatever it is,” Hurley said. Flight and hotel packages to hawaii cheap “There is so much hurt and pain in our world, right? And that opened my eyes to some of that. Deals hawaii I thought, yeah, this sucks, what my family is going through and dealing with, but there are so many people going through the same thing.

Secondly, when a lifetime of work and practice and dreaming came to fruition as he cradled the Quicken Loans trophy, this revelation arrived: It was OK to celebrate, to have joy back into his life again.

“It was a breakthrough for me in the sense that I can remember how good of a dad that he was now, as opposed to remembering how tragically it ended,” Hurley said. Cheap package trips to hawaii “And so that was a big turning point for me. Holiday package deals hawaii That led me into more gratitude, just in life.

“We are really fortunate to play on the PGA Tour. Best hawaii resorts We play golf courses that are in condition that nobody else gets to play them in. Holiday vacations hawaii We get spoiled in that regard. Hawaii beach vacation It’s just the little things of gratitude, of what I’m privileged to do, and what my family is privileged to do.”

David Maloney, an exercise physiologist and golf biomechanist from Virginia, has known Hurley since Hurley was an amateur at the Naval Academy, and works with him today in helping make sure his body is ready for the grind of a long Tour season. Tours in hawaii packages When Maloney looks back to Hurley winning last summer, he feels a sense that in a large way, justice prevailed.

“What happened with Billy’s father impacted so many people who knew him,” Maloney said. Holidays to hawaii “He was a great man. Best vacation package deals to hawaii Everything (at Quicken Loans) just made it perfect. Cheap hawaii family vacations There was a little bit of justice after getting smacked in the face by life. All inclusive trips to hawaii He was able to pull himself up and out of it. Hawaii resort deals He worked really hard at that. Affordable resorts in hawaii It wasn’t easy.”