Billy Horschel gets it.
Is he cocky? Maybe, but no one should question that as soon as he made it, Horschel began figuring out how he can give back to the game that has provided him so much.
This week, the third annual Billy Horschel APGA Invitational is being contested (Oct. 18-20) at Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla., where 18 of the top APGA Tour players will compete for three days and have the chance to network and engage with key sponsors and industry leaders. Horschel also hosts an AJGA event too, and in both situations he doesn’t simply lend his name to the billboard and show up for the prize-giving ceremony.
“Usually when celebrities do tournaments or events they show up and leave,” said Ken Bentley, one of the founders of the APGA Tour. “Following the first round of the first tournament Billy did for us he was on the putting green playing putting games with the guys for dollars. They were on the green until dark. Billy gave each player his phone number and email address and said he was going to do all he could to see that the guys got to the next level. In telling the guys this he had the same level of determination and commitment in his eyes that he has when he’s trying to win a tournament. The guys all believe Billy is in their corner.”
Shoutout to @BillyHo_Golf, @britthorschel, @HorschelFdtn and everyone who came out to support the Billy Horschel @APGA_Tour Invitational Pro-Am at The Concession Golf Club. Should be a great two days of #golf. pic.twitter.com/Ja1AI7PBWf
— Michael Eaves (@michaeleaves) October 19, 2023
So, what made Horschel “get it?” And why did he choose the APGA as a way to give back? His longtime instructor Todd Anderson offers insights while explaining Horschel’s higher purpose.
“He’s not the kind of person that does it to get notoriety for it, he does it because he cares and because he wants to make a difference in the people he comes in contact with, and I really respect that about him,” Anderson said. “I see other people going out there trying to do things to get attention, but he doesn’t do that. He wants to see the minority professional golfers succeed and be a part of the PGA Tour. He wants to help develop junior golfers by giving them opportunities that he didn’t have. He does a lot of things for charity to help other people, just because he really cares, not so you or anyone writes a story about it, but because he wants to make a difference in the people that he’s…