Jimmy Fallon took a crack at several PGA Tour players last night and Chesson wasn’t left out of the fun.
Chesson and Amanda’s episode of of “Inside the PGA Tour” will air tonight at 630p.m. ET!
Be sure to tune into Golf Channel to see it.
As Chesson promised on Saturday in his most recent blog post, his mother-in-law dutifully captured Chesson’s reaction to Hughes’ introduction into the world last week.
Here’s the exciting video:
Click here to view it on YouTube if you have trouble viewing the embedded video above: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOfwp3h4TJQ&feature=share&list=PLB3HQVB2v4869AwgYyGwBcNoJwCaBh_1l
And we can’t forget to send our best to Amanda for her very important role in the video! 🙂
Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up! Chesson loves animals (using that term loosely to include fish and spiders) and they certainly don’t shy away from him. (See past examples here, here, here, and here.)
But check out what happened yesterday on the course:
Here’s the link if you have trouble playing the embedded video above: http://youtu.be/hp8V2JvrE-c
Chesson, stay safe out there… the critters love you, man!
Hope everyone is having a great last week of August! I’ve officially gone from being a hot weather lover to a hot weather hater thanks to the perpetual state of swollen heat exhaustion I find myself in these days, so I am anxious to welcome September. I’m hoping for an unseasonably cool Fall 🙂 I braced myself for the Midwest heat in Omaha this past weekend because it was important to me to see Chesson earn his PGA Tour card. It was only about a 15 min ceremony, but something he’s worked so hard for that I couldn’t imagine not being there. I was excited about it all week long and a little emotional once they handed him ‘THE CARD’. I am so incredibly proud of Chesson, both for how hard he’s worked on the course and for how he lives off the course. I’ve included some pictures in this post, but keep in mind these were all on my phone inside a tent. There were hundreds of professional photographers there so hopefully we’ll get some good images down the road.
We also had a flurry of media attention last week, so you may see little things popping up in Golf Digest, on the Golf Channel and on PGATour.com. Below is one of the videos that was cut last week (and yes, sitting in the backseat was as awkward as it looked):
So, a lot of people have asked me what I think about Chesson earning a Tour card (excited, duh!), what this will change in our life, if we have new goals, etc. Although this is something we’ve hoped and prayed for as long as I can remember, there is a lot we don’t know and haven’t had time to digest, so we are in the stage of soaking it in day by day. However, below is a random collection of thoughts:
Change: October will be the most life changing month of our life, but only partly because Chesson will make his PGA Tour debut. The far bigger life changer will be becoming parents! My travel ban will be in full effect so I won’t be able to watch Chesson kick off the season (major bummer!) but the sacrifice is worth it. Playing on the PGA Tour will definitely be a big change. There is a lot more money involved, a lot more people to keep happy, a lot more commitments to maintain, travel to juggle, time to balance, etc., but at the end of the day, it’s just golf. It’s still just Chesson’s job and who we are as people, how we live, and what we value won’t change. As a rookie, we know that we are at the bottom of the totem pole and Chesson will have to earn respect and rapport out there, but let’s be real, they have no idea what’s headed their way. 🙂
3 Things We’re Most Excited About:
1) The travel! The PGA Tour goes to quite a few glamorous destinations, some of which we’ve never been to. Hawaii, Pebble Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, HHI, the Greenbrier… all super fun places to visit and I can’t wait. Chesson is particularly excited about playing some of these courses, while I’m more excited about the off-course activities/ restaurants/ shopping/ hotels.
2) Childcare! Without fail, every time this year I’ve met a Tour wife who knew I was pregnant, the first thing out of her mouth has been, “Oh my gosh, you are going to love the childcare!” I’ve never heard anything other than rave reviews for the Tour’s childcare and when we were in Greensboro, Sarah McGirt was sweet enough to meet me there and introduce me to some of the people that run it. One of the Tour’s core values is family and they do everything they can to keep families together and make their travels easier. From having car seats waiting in the courtesy cars to shipping all the baby toys and pack and plays to each tournament site to employing a full time staff so that your kid establishes consistency, they have thought of everything. I’m excited because it means I’ll still be able to watch my man play and keep the little bean on a schedule.
3) Courtesy cars! Ok, so this one is probably frivolous, but we are tired of rental cars. They have been a necessary hassle the past few years, but we are more than happy to give them up in exchange for a courtesy car waiting for us at the airport at every tournament. Plus, considering we rent a Compact class car most of the time, it will be nice to drive a car that’s not a 4-cylinder. It’s the little things, people!
Goals: At the end of every year, Chesson and I sit down and talk about our goals for the next year. We categorize them by: Personal goals, Spiritual goals, Professional goals, Financial goals, and Physical/ Health goals. (Full disclosure: I’m the only one who sets the Physical/ Health goals as Chesson is pretty stuck on his fast food and no exercise routine :)) We will do that again this year and tailor them to this new time in our life.
I’m sure there are a hundred things I didn’t touch on, but hopefully that’s a little insightful. We will just take each day at a time and make the most of it for however long it lasts. What I will say, over and over, is that we are beyond blessed, not because of anything we deserve, but because of the grace of God (2 Tim. 1:9).
P.S. A lot of you probably caught Chesson on the Golf Channel commentating with Kay Cockerill this weekend. Although he’d rather be playing, he loves having a microphone in his hands so maybe it’ll be a second career down the road?
Well hello there,
First of all, I don’t even know where to begin when I think about the last week. With all the media attention, crazy schedules and added pressure of friends and family around, Chesson and I were both just hoping he would make the cut! After such a great first round, we were then hoping he would finish well enough to lock up his Tour card. Winning the tournament was never something we really talked about. In fact, even after putting on 18, he thought he and Danny were tied. We were in shock that he actually won!
Sunday was a special day. We woke up and went to church at Summit together. It’s the last time we will be there for 5 weeks, so I was happy his tee time was late enough that we could go. JD’s message was on depression. Truth be told, at first I was like, “Oh great. Chesson is trying to get psyched up for the final round and we have a sermon on depression.” But it was actually perfect and he talked about never doubting God’s love or bigger purpose for our lives. We snuck out at the end of the service and drove straight to the course. They had just set out lunch in player dining and as I watched Chesson eat steak and potatoes at 10:30 in the morning, I thought it would be a good day.
He didn’t get off to a great start again and the first 8 holes were pretty blah. When the storms hit, we got shuttled to the clubhouse and Chesson again had steak and potatoes. The second time must’ve been the kicker because after that he pretty much blacked out (same way he did on the front nine in Greenville!). Starting with the eagle on 9, he was in the zone. I’ve watched him play enough golf to know he has a certain look about him when he’s “in the zone”. He carries himself differently—he’s relaxed but very concentrated and you just get the feeling that he knows he’s going to hit a good shot when he’s standing over the ball. He definitely had that posture on Sunday afternoon, which made me totally relaxed and soaking it all in. I wasn’t nervous a bit for him because I could tell how good he felt.
People asked me on Sunday if I could believe he won. At the time, I said yes. I watched all 72 holes and thought he played solid golf from beginning to end. It’s not until now, a few days later, when it sinks in that it’s kind of hard to believe. Even though there are many other tournaments this year with bigger purses, there is no place I would rather him win than in front of everyone we know and love. It was truly a Cinderella story and a moment in time I will treasure forever.
After all the excitement of Sunday, it was a bummer to go back to the grind on Monday morning. I’m not on the road again this week (though I have a solid stretch of tournaments coming up!) because I’m starting a new job!! I’m actually doing the same thing I’ve been doing, but instead of being an IT Consultant for a client, my client is bringing me on full-time to work for them. I will be fully remote, which allows me to still travel with Chesson and get my work done on the road. This opportunity actually came up the week of the BMW Championship. Up until that week, our year had been so-so. It was certainly nothing to complain about as we felt very blessed to be able to be on the Web.com Tour, make some cuts, have my job, etc. but there wasn’t anything spectacular about our year. Then, in just a few weeks’ time, I got a wonderful new job offer, Chesson finished 3rd-6th-2nd and 1st, and we got great news at our ultrasound. We have been on cloud nine and just overwhelmed with gratitude for God’s blessings lately.
I’m in Charlotte this week off-boarding with my current company and on-boarding at my new company. All the paperwork and administrative stuff is never fun, but it has to be done. I was a little bummed at the timing because I have heard so many things about Victoria National—both how great the course is and how pretty the houses are—but that was quickly allayed when I realized I would be in Charlotte on the night of one of my dearest friend’s surprise birthday party. How perfect timing is that! I don’t get to see my friends all that often, especially the ones who don’t live in Raleigh, and I tend to miss a lot of their life events. I love that I was able to be there last night to celebrate her and have some fun girl time! We went to Bubble, a swanky lounge/restaurant at the top of the Epicenter in uptown Charlotte. The food was amazing and the company even better. Plus, another one of my dearest friends and her husband just bought a new house in Charlotte, and I got to stay and spend time with them. It’s a win-win for all.
I do still miss my hubby though, especially because I haven’t had a lot of time with him amidst the chaos. We had a quick coffee date at Jubala before I put him on his plane Monday and that’s about it. I’m excited for him to get home next week to spend some time together. There are a lot of wives that don’t make it out to many events. Some would rather stay home and others would like to travel but can’t because of work or family obligations. I hope that’s never the case for us. We have spent enough time apart in our first 3 years of marriage that I hope the next 3 years allow us to spend most weeks together. People tell me all the time that I have a “dream job”. While I wouldn’t go that far—I mean I wouldn’t exactly call what I do fun—I am forever grateful for the flexibility it provides. If you had asked me in college if I work ever work in the IT field, my answer would have been a resounding no, but there is almost nothing about my current life that I could’ve forseen in college. That’s the beauty and adventure of life, isn’t it?
Hope everyone is having a great week! Chesson’s last off week for the foreseeable future is next week—it’s also his birthday week, his family’s vacation week, and our only time to celebrate our anniversary—so we’ve got a lot of fun, relaxing activities planned before a big stretch of tournaments commence.
Blessings to you all!
P.S. All the pictures and video in this post are the “girly” ones that I love the most. I love the one of us at the top after he finished and it reminds me of the one eGolf captured last year when I was caddying for Chesson when he won. It’s framed on our wall and you can check it out here. If you want to go through all the interviews, radio/ tv appearances and articles about Chesson from last week, click on “Had’s Archives” at the top of the page.
One last video to leave you with – WRAL-TV’s Gerald Owens did a “behind the scenes” look at our life together that aired last week. Check it out below!