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!