Good To Get Back After It

Hey Everyone,

Hope that you guys had a great start to the week. Today was my first day back playing golf since the British Open. It felt good to get back at it and get outside and sweat a little bit. I thought that  Wakefield Plantation was open today but when I drove up there I realized that they were closed. So, I drove over to North Ridge Country Club where I thought that they opened at 12 to walk the course. It was about 11:30 so I was going to grab a quick bite to eat then hit the links. Turns out you are not allowed to walk the course until 1 during the summer so I ended up heading out to Raleigh Country Club to play a quick nine. After that I did stop back by NRCC for another nine before heading home to spend some time with Amanda and Hughes. NRCC is a great course to play to rebuild confidence because it is a little bit easier of a golf course and you can make a bunch of birdies. Birdies take care of everything!

A good thing to remember when getting back into the swing of things golf wise is not to expect too much immediately. I have figured that out over the years when heading back to work after some time off. You can hurt yourself mentally if you think you should be striping it right off the bat. In reality, you should just be trying to get your feet wet again. None of the ranges were open today so I didn’t hit any balls and just went straight to the tee. That isn’t always a bad thing either because you don’t sit on the range and tinker or think about your golf swing. You just get out there and play golf freed up with no expectations. Tomorrow is the day when we turn it up a little bit and get picky with how we are performing. It is a long week of preparation and I hope to get everything right were I need it before leaving for the PGA Championship on Sunday.

I’m realizing that Hughes is a ladies man. As I was getting ready to leave this morning, his little girl friend Tinley arrived for a play date and walk on the greenway. After that he swept her off her feet and took her to a very romantic spot called the public library. Well done sir. Apparently they have something up there called “Story Time. It is a total girl thing so Tinley had to love it. Apparently you sit in a circle and they read stories and sing songs to your baby. I don’t see myself taking him there when we have a little father/son time but I am glad that he got to go with mom. Hughes and Tinley are 3 weeks apart in age and it is really cool to see the different developments in each baby. Sweet Tinley is very polite and will sit quietly and play while Hughes is totally different. He is busy and into everything typically with a little drama attached to it. This carries over into the way he eats, so it’s probably a good thing Tinley hasn’t seen him at a meal yet.

Hughes at dinner tonight

Hughes at dinner tonight

Lisa from WRAL helps out with the blog and I gave her a call today to run some ideas by her. We are still brainstorming on how we are going to do it but we are definitely going to be giving away some really cool stuff throughout the remainder of the year. Make sure you keep up to date with the blog and subscribe if you would like to receive updates via email. Boom baby.

Birdies,

Chesson

Unfortunate Unsuccessful Fishing Trip

Hey Everyone,

I was hoping to be writing to you guys today having caught a giant trophy fish but unfortunately we were unsuccessful in our fishing endeavors this weekend. It was not for lack of effort though. We were up at 5:30 every morning and the boat left the dock at 6 every single day. We didn’t come back till dinner time either. There were just no tarpon to be found. We even diverted to a little drum fishing and didn’t catch any of those either. Even though we were defeated this time, we are going to reminisce about past fishing experience and press on with optimism. Here is a picture of last years trip to help us remember the good times. Haha.20130806-214354.jpg

We did have a great time however. The only rough weather day was Thursday but after that the water was calm and it was so pleasant to spend all day out on the water. It was never too hot and there was always a light wind. We did see a really cool water spout one afternoon in a thunderstorm in the distance as you can see below. Of course it was super easy to be comfortable out there when your friend has a 33′ Grady-White with twin Yamaha 350s on the back. UHHHH, YES PLEASE! Absolutely beautiful boat.image1

The man weekend was just what I needed to get everything recharged. I left feeling ready to get back to reality with being a husband, father, and golfer. I am excited about getting after it tomorrow and the rest of the week in preparation for the PGA Championship. Thanks for keeping up everyone!

Birdies,

Chesson

 

 

Nice Little Wednesday

Hey Everyone,

Hope that you guys had a wonderful day. It was nice to see the sun for the first time in a while. Felt like Amanda and I brought back the gloomy weather from the UK with us.

We didn’t really have anything planned today. Pretty boring actually until this evening. Our master bathroom needed some attention so I did some serious cleaning in there this morning while Amanda cleaned the kitchen and Hughes hammered some zzz’s. It took me a while but I got it right. It is so fresh in there right now you might consider eating dinner in there. Boom baby.

The only thing we had to do today was run an errand to Bass Pro Shops and drop off some stuff for charity. I got a nice fishing pole from my in-laws for my birthday and the tip broke off so we had to make an exchange. That place has absolutely everything. You can drop some serious cash in there in a hurry if you are not careful. Afterwards we stopped by ChickFilA and Whole Foods. Amanda and I have completely different ideas of what a good lunch is, and I’ll let you guess who wanted which place.

The coolest part of the day was a delivery from FedEx. Polk Audio is a high end audio company and they shipped us some new speakers and head phones. We have basically been blaring music since I opened them. Celine Dion, Journey, Bush, Backstreet Boys, you name it we have played it. These things are legit. Check out there website here. IMG_1058 Thanks for keeping up guys! Birdies, Chesson

I’m Back

Ello ello everyone,

It has been too long I know and I am sorry that I have neglected our relationship. It has totally been my fault and I hope that you can forgive me? I have not been seeing anyone else just busy with work and family. No excuses play like a champion, right? I have not been playing well lately obviously and it dawned on me that it is because I have not been posting on HadsCorner. Coincidence? I don’t think so. I’m back baby!

There hasn’t been much to write about on the golf front the past SEVERAL tournaments, but as I stated above, I look for that to improve immediately due to my recommitment to our relationship.

There has been a lot going on with Hughes though. He has been growing like a weed. He will be nine months this Friday and he is crawling, pulling up on everything, and putting everything in his mouth. It is an absolute full time job watching him. Parenting is HARD people. He has started pitching fits every now and then when we tell him no or pull him away from something we do not want him to play with. They start with him sitting up and screaming at the top of his lungs as these big crocodile tears run down his face. He then proceeds to bury his face in the ground, still crying, in the fetal position rocking back in forth to put the icing on the cake. Full drama artist just like his daddy. So proud of him! It is seriously hard to believe that he is nine months. He has been such a blessing and we love him very much.

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I just got back to the United States after a quick trip across the pond. I was over in England for my first major ever at British Open. It was played at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, which is a suburb of Liverpool. Quick trivia, can anyone name which band came from Liverpool, England? That would be the Beatles people. What an absolute pleasure it was to play there last week. The course was absolutely phenomenal and the weather cooperated nicely all week. Golf is so different over there and it was a breath of fresh air to play a little bit different style of golf. I was hitting 60 degree wedges from 130 and 4 irons from 175. You are at the mercy of the bounce and wind out there. Oh, and the bunkers are BRUTAL as well. If anyone ever has a chance to go over there and play I would encourage you to do so. It is a different kind of beautiful.

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Amanda and I also celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary over in merry old England. It has been a privilege and an honor to be married to this woman for as long as I have. I love you Amanda.

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Also, had a chance to hang out with Bubba Watson while I was over there. We have not had a chance to do that much since I have been on tour so it was awesome getting to know him. We both missed the cut so we spent all day Saturday playing backyard golf at the house he rented for the week. We had some crazy holes set up and were using sand wedges and nine irons to hit to these makeshift holes we designed. It was pouring rain by the way, which only added to the excitement.

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The flight back to the US was long but there is only a few better feelings in the world than arriving back in the mother country. Knowing that you have your own bed, F-150 Raptor, and Bojangles at your disposal is hard to beat. Amanda and I flew separately back to the states and arrived in RDU within 20 minutes of each other. We had not seen Hughes in several days so it was a sweet reunion. My parents and her parents split time watching him while we were gone. They were very excited about keeping him and very excited about dropping him off. He is so much fun, but like I said a total handful to watch. He is continuous motion and energy.

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I had a birthday not too long ago and for that birthday my sweet, sweet wife knew just what to get me. An ICI Magnum front bumper for my Raptor. It was delivered while I was in England so naturally I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning putting it on the night that we got home. I was very proud of myself for taking on the task of putting this thing on. There is something very manly about getting under a hood or a car and taking things apart and putting them back together. There was something I wanted to tweak with the setup of the bumper so Mitch came over last night and we got it all straightened out. As I have gotten to know him over the years, I’ve learned that Mitch is just better than you at everything. Always has been, always will be. How is he single ladies? I mean really. Guy is a Christian, has a job, works really hard, doesn’t live with his parents, and is good at everything. Four words ladies. Potential candidate for you! Love that guy.

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Last year my friend Jimmy and I went down to his house in Oriental, NC, for a little fishing trip and it was life changing. Remember the post titled, Megalops Atlanticus? Yeah, we are fishing for tarpon. I leave soon for the annual event and I will be doing whatever it takes to get one of those to the side of the boat. They are the most beautiful fish I have ever seen and so much fun to catch. I will be posting pictures of the trip when I come home.

Thats about all I have for now! Thanks for keeping up guys and remember to follow me on Twitter as well. My handle is @chadleyprogolf.

Boom Birdies,

Chesson

Wife Wednesday: Checking In

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Hi everyone,

Hope you are all doing well. Hard to believe June is upon us. This season is flying by… the tournament weeks fly by and the off-weeks go even faster. Chesson is good. He isn’t playing very well and has been bummed with his performance as of late, but hey, it happens. Golf is a cruel sport and I truly believe it’s the hardest one to play because of the mental aspect of it. I’m doing well and trying to keep our home/ baby/ travels/ work organized. Keeping this engine running smoothly is not for the faint of heart! Hughesie bug is fantastic. He turned 7 months old on Sunday and gets more fun by the day. It won’t be long before he is mobile and we are trying to enjoy his non-mobility as long as we can :)

We are in Ohio for the Memorial and this tournament is fantastic. I feel like I’ve picked at least 5 “favorite” tournaments this year, and then I go to another one and am totally impressed all over again. That being said, Jack knows how to put on a tournament. Everything this week is first-class, from the course conditions to the food to the player activities to the hospitality. Case in point: the guard at the gate checks Chesson’s credential when we pull onto the property and radios his name to the valet staff so that when he pulls up to the clubhouse, they open his door with a “Good Morning Mr. Hadley”. It’s a small gesture, but was impressive to us.

We haven’t tried the famous Muirfield milkshakes yet, only because they also have homemade Buckeyes and other treats that we’ve enjoyed, but after hearing about them from so many players, I will definitely be ordering one before we leave. Mr. Nicklaus walked up to us this morning and shook both of our hands, and I asked him if I could take a picture of him with Chesson and Hughes. He was very kind, and as you can see from above, he agreed. We can’t wait to show this picture to Hughes… once he understands how special it is.

I don’t have much else to update, but we appreciate all of you for continuing to keep up with us.

Blessings,
~Amanda~

Wife Wednesday: Mother’s Day

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Hi all,

I’ll be honest- Wednesdays have snuck up on me recently. We’ve had friends or family at the past few events, along with some off-the-course commitments, and I’ve fallen off of blogging. I think our life gets busier by the week, but it’s a good kind of busy. We are all doing great and still soaking in this year.

This past Sunday was my first Mother’s Day and Chesson did an incredible job of making it a day I will never forget. He missed the cut by 1 at the Players, which was a bummer, but it made for a great Sunday to spend together. He had the whole day planned out and wouldn’t tell me any details. We left Ponte Vedra Sunday morning and drove to a swanky hotel on the beach. He booked an awesome room on a high floor right on the beach and had reservations for me at the spa that afternoon. Sunday night, the 3 of us went out to dinner and after H man was in bed, we sat on our balcony watching the dolphins at sunset. It sounds like a rom-com I know, but he seriously did all that! Props to my hubby!! (As a side note: He said this was also to makeup for Valentine’s :P)

More importantly, Sunday was a day I reflected on how much being a mom means to me. The past 6 months have been incredible and Hughes is the joy of my life. I love every day that I get to spend with him and his big brown eyes and constant grin have my heart. I am so thankful God entrusted this blessing to Chesson and me. While birthdays don’t hold the same excitement for me that they used to, I know I will enjoy celebrating each year of motherhood. It’s a high calling, a gift, a learning process, a privilege, and a test of faith all rolled into one

I hope all of you are well. Catch ‘ya soon!

Blessings,
~Amanda~

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Wife Wednesday: Easter, Our Real Reason for Celebration

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Hi all,

I can’t believe May is upon us. The past couple months have absolutely flown by. Although I have loved every stage of Hughes’ life, the age he is at right now (6 months on Friday) is SO FUN. He is no longer a needy newborn who requires our attention most of the time; he has learned independence and does a great job playing by himself. We are really starting to see his personality shine. He is laid-back, goes with the flow, and babbles/ giggles/ smiles all.the.time. He doesn’t miss anything that happens in a room and is constantly moving and jumping. I could sit and watch him all day long, particularly when he doesn’t think I’m looking. He is so funny to me and seems to learn something new every day. Anyways, this post isn’t about Hughes but I thought I would give you a little update.

We celebrated Easter in Hilton Head this year. It was a little different not being home and going to church, but it was an Easter I won’t forget. Every year, there is a sunrise service on the 18th green at Harbour Town and tour pros help lead the service. Chesson had agreed to be a part of it a few weeks prior. Due to the weather delays, the service was in jeopardy all weekend because if every player didn’t finish their Saturday round, they would have to finish early Sunday morning thereby making the 18th hole not usable for the service. Luckily everyone finished right at sunset on Saturday and it was a tough finish for Chesson. He was in the Top 5 going into hole #18 and triple-bogeyed. He was pretty bummed Saturday night and candidly, not as excited about getting up at dark Sunday morning to go lead the Easter service.

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I wasn’t all that excited about getting up so early either, but felt it was important to support Chesson and celebrate the most important day in the Christian faith!  6:30am came quickly and we both dressed and slipped out of the house (leaving H sleeping). It was cold and overcast and I wondered if only a few people would show up. As we were driving into the course, we could see people walking and biking onto the property in droves. They slowed filled in the grandstands of 18 and some musicians started playing worship songs. By the midpoint of the service, there were probably 1000 people gathered to celebrate. A couple of other pros, Ben Martin and Richard Lee, read Scripture and did a responsive reading, then they had Chesson come up and talk about his faith, why Easter is important to him, and offer some encouragement to the crowd.

I couldn’t help but think that 12 hours earlier, he was standing in the same spot making a triple bogey, and now here he was talking about how temporary everything on earth is in light of eternity and nothing that he does on the golf course defines him. It was one of those moments that is ingrained on my heart because we both believe that God has given us the platform we have right now for a reason. Although Chesson is quite outgoing and gets a lot of attention for his funny nature/ finger snap/ “Sun’s out, Gun’s Out”/ overall goofiness, we hope they also see the parts of us that really matter. (Or at least of him. I stay more out of the spotlight, which I’m totally fine with :) ) We have had a lot of reason for celebration in the past year, but none of that compares to the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead and forgiveness of sin, fulfilling God’s plan for the restoration of all of humanity, freely given to all who believe!

After the service, we had a quick breakfast together in player dining, just the two of us. Most of the only other people in there were the pros who had woken up to come to the service (Stewart Cink, Cameron Tringale, Jordan Spieth to name a few). We don’t get a lot of quiet moments together during a tournament, so it was a nice way to wrap up the morning before going back to the house to see our little man… who was still sleeping! Although it was a different Easter morning that I’m used to, it was a great one.

I hope each of you had a wonderful Easter celebration, and that it consisted of more than dyed eggs and chocolate bunnies… although let’s be real, the white chocolate Reese’s eggs are heavenly. But in all seriousness, our prayer is that each one of you would understand the real significance of Easter.

Blessings,
~Amanda~

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Wife Wednesday: How Life with a Baby is Different When You Live on the Road

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If Hughes could talk, this is what he would tell you about his life on the road…

Starbucks warms my bottles

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Hotel sinks are Mom’s dishwashers

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Desks are my changing station

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My bath tub blows up

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Hotel pillows are my Bumbo seat

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My stroller doubles as a laundry cart

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Every flight attendant thinks it’s my first flight

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I frequently chaperone my parents’ dinner dates… in my pajamas.

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My nursery is usually in the bathroom

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The stroller bassinet is my crib

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… but sometimes I sleep in the car seat

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— or the hotel bed

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… and occasionally an airplane seat

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… then sometimes I nap on the beach

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… but there’s no better sleeping spot than Mom or Dad

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Most importantly, although my life might look different from most babies, I’m just as loved, well-adjusted and thriving, no matter where I am!

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Back in the Saddle

Hey Everyone!

It is nice to get back into the swing of things down here in Hilton Head. This week we are in South Carolina for the RBC Heritage. This is our first tournament of the year that we have been able to drive to so it was a breath of fresh air to pile everything in the car and head down i-95 yesterday. We had to go to Chapel Hill for some tax stuff so It took us a little bit longer to get down here than normal. We also had a couple of stops to add to the time, but that is okay because I don’t mind spending a little bit more time in my new TRUCK!

Yes, thats right, I am really embracing the redneck side that I have been trying to develop and I broke bad and bought me a truck. I am in absolute love with this thing. While we were in San Antonio for the Valero Texas Open they gave us a Ford F-150 to drive for the week. This was the first time I had ever driven a truck and it was so awesome I had to go and get one myself. I went up to Capital Ford in Raleigh and had my man James Moss find me a F-150 Raptor. He was able to get one to me a couple of days before we left for Hilton Head. Amanda wasn’t sold on the whole idea of me getting a truck but after a couple of days with the Raptor she has come around. Personally, I think she looks pretty hot stepping out of a truck especially with her new hair cut. She’s a hot mom for sure. Boom, brownie points.

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It has been a long time since I played Harbor Town, but a lot of the holes came back to me as I was playing my practice round today. The weather was absolutely perfect, but I was exhausted after the first nine. Taking two weeks off from tournament golf will do that to you. I will have my sea legs back by Thursday.

Since the win has given me some security, I have been able to make some short term goals to keep me hungry and focused. The current short term goal is to get inside the top 50 in the world by the end of the Memorial. That would qualify me for the US Open in Pinehurst. As much as I would have loved to play in the Masters this year, I think it would only be fitting for my first major to be in Pinehurst. Especially since I spent so much time playing there growing up. So that is what I will be focusing on these next several weeks.

Tomorrow’s weather is supposed to be brutal so I made sure to get a lot of my work in today. I was a little rusty out there on the course this afternoon but had a great practice session after the round. I am excited to get things rocking and rolling this week.

Birdies,

Chesson

Wife Wednesday: Halftime

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Helping Mom unpack… sort of

Hi all,

I didn’t intend to skip last week and post late today… sorry about that. I try to have my posts up by 8 am on Wednesdays and I’m staring at 11pm, but hey, it’s still Wednesday! Much like our tax returns that probably won’t be postmarked until the 15th, we operate right up to deadlines more often than I would like. (Side note: Did you know PGA Tour players file 25+ tax returns every year? We have to file in every state where we won money. Our poor accountant.)

Anyways, we have been soaking up being at home these 2 weeks, although the break looks very different for me and Chesson. For him, this is down time. He’s been hunting, watching tv marathons, car shopping, and meeting up with friends, along with some light practice. For me, it’s crunch time to catch up on bookkeeping, financial matters, household odds and ends, bank trips, spring clothes swaps, errands, and every other thing I’m not able to do while traveling. I’m definitely still fitting in time with friends and going to my favorite restaurants, but I work more when we’re at home and Chesson works more when we’re on the road (obviously). As for Hughes, I think he loves being home. He sleeps better, has his own room, and has all his toys that he never sees. Poor guy has been stuck with the same 4 small, travel-friendly toys so far this season and here he has the swing/ bouncy seat/ Exersaucer/ and box full of toys. He might be a little sad to leave.

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Tried food for the first time while home. Sweet potatoes!

Speaking of getting back on the road, I titled this post ‘Halftime’ because we are pretty much at the midpoint of the season. Chesson will play roughly 30 events this year and he’s got 14 under his belt so far. What an incredible half-season it has been! To have a win, 3 Top 10s and be 27th on the FedEx Cup Points is more than we could have dreamed and we are so thankful.

I’ve had a few people ask me how the PGA Tour/ traveling with a baby/ living in hotels/ being away so much lifestyle has compared to my expectations. I can honestly say that I love it and it’s not much different from how I thought it would be. I certainly don’t love every minute of it… moments where Chesson taps in for double-bogey, where Hughes decides to announce his hunger to everyone in player dining, or where I’m folding clothes at 11pm in guest laundry are ones I could do without… but at the end of every day, I love that we are living out our dream. I love that I get to see Chesson play. I love that we are doing this together as a family. I love that Hughes is growing up with so many different experiences. I love that we get to try so many new restaurants and meet so many people. It really is fun and if we are fortunate enough to be on Tour for a long time I hope that we never get calloused by it.

We are heading to Hilton Head this weekend for the RBC Heritage tournament and are excited to be driving! I think I might spoil Hughes and pack a bunch of his toys since we aren’t having to check bags. We’ve heard great things about Harbour Town and it will be fun to be there over Easter.

Alright, off to fold laundry. Washing bottles and folding laundry is the common denominator in my daily life, no matter what city I’m in.

Blessings,
~Amanda~

P.S. I got my hair cut while home, courtesy of my BFF who also happens to be an incredible hair stylist… I like to call it my “Mom-cut”. It’s been long since 7th grade so I decided it was time for a change. For you Raleigh folks, Stacie owns The Parlor and you should definitely go there. She cuts Chesson’s hair too.

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