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3 minutes from the “Inside the PGA Tour” episode featuring Chesson

In case you didn’t get to tune in to the Golf Channel when it aired a few weeks ago, here’s 3:30 from that episode. Check your DVR to see if you can catch the full episode on repeat!

(Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X617pjPY_yU if you can’t view the video above.)

#HadsCorner Team

Ringing the NASDAQ Bell

As promised earlier, here is a video or Chesson and folks from the Web.com team ringing the NASDAQ closing bell a few weeks ago.

If you have any trouble viewing the embedded video above, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ylD_Szw1og

Cheers!
-Team #HadsCorner

Chesson Answers the Call of the Wild on the Course

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!
#HadsCorner Team

Tune in tomorrow! Correction: TODAY!

Chesson and Amanda are on their way with the Web.com team to NYC to ring the opening NASDAQ bell in the morning!CORRECTION: Chesson just emailed an update to #HadsCorner HQ – the bell ringing will occur THIS AFTERNOON, Thursday – Oct. 3! Closing ceremony is 3:45 p.m. ET. Sorry for any confusion!


You may be able to view it using the NASDAQ MarketSite live cam here using these helpful tips: http://www.nasdaq.com/about/marketsitetowervideo.asx

  • Viewers must have Windows Media Player to view the webcam
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page under the heading MarkeketSite
  • Web cam and click on Windows Media Player
  • The Web cam is live only and is not archived
  • Do not be alarmed that the web cam is fuzzy. The video feed is compressed for online viewing.

But if not, be sure to check back and we’ll post pictures and video as soon as it’s available. According to NASDAQ MarketSite, “depending on the length of the individual speeches, the Opening Bell ceremony begins roughly at 9:15 a.m.”… 3:45 p.m. for closing!

Safe travels, Hadleys!
–#HadsCorner Team

Wife Wednesday: The Story of Our Year

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There are some fun parties planned this week–this one was on Monday night.

(Fair warning: This is the longest post I’ve ever written, mainly for my benefit to look back on. If you came to see the nursery reveal pictures, scroll to the bottom :P).

I cannot believe it’s the last tournament of the year. I actually have a hard time believing all that has happened to us this year. To give you some perspective (and encourage all of you aspiring golfers out there!), this time last year, we were gearing up for another round of Q-school. There is no way to overstate how much I dislike Q-school. It’s a Cinderella story for a select few and a miserable experience for the rest. Chesson had a great year on the eGolf Tour and went into the first stage of Q-school feeling good. 4 days and 1 too many shots later, he was out. Missed the cut by 1 stroke and just like that, we were in a holding pattern for another year. I was in Chapel Hill with my dad for the UNC-State football game when Chesson called me with the news. Literally the only good thing about that day was that the Tarheels won… otherwise it was a pretty terrible day. Chess was bummed from golf reasons and I was heartbroken because it seemed like my dream of starting a family was on hold for another year. (There are plenty of people who have kids while playing the mini tours, but we had decided not to go that route).

I tried my best to encourage Chess but by the time he got back home that night, I broke down. I was so sad to think that we would be apart 3 weeks a month for another year and there were no baby plans on the horizon. We knew God had a plan in it all and decided to trust Him, but it didn’t make that week any easier. Chesson had already planned to play in an eGolf event that week and if they had allowed him to withdraw, he most definitely would have. But, I think them not letting him withdraw was a blessing in disguise. He left for the tournament with little desire to play and had a terrible round the first day. I don’t even remember what he shot, but it was bad and that was about the point he hit rock bottom. Not only was he out after first stage of Q-school, but it looked like he was about to miss a cut on the tour he had dominated all year. I think that was a defining moment for him because he could’ve easily thrown in the towel, missed the cut the next day and come home and not touched a club for 3 months. We talked that night about battling through this tough time and not letting it get the best of us. The next day, he played well enough to make the cut and on Friday, the last tournament day, he shot a really low round to post a good finish. That good round reminded him that he really did love golf, his life wasn’t in the pits, and we would embrace whatever the next year held. He came home that night in the best spirits he had been in the whole week and then the phone rang…

Karen from the PGA Tour called to tell him that another player (our good friend Blayne) had disqualified himself after 1st round which moved the cut line by a stroke. Along with 6 other players, Chesson was headed to 2nd stage. In the span of 60 seconds, the prospect for our entire year had changed. We were elated and were immediately making plans for 2nd stage in California. Most of you know the story by now, but Chesson played really well in 2nd stage (on the course that had kicked his butt 2 years earlier) and earned a spot in final stage. Since final stage was also in California a week later, Chesson stayed out there. I had decided to let him do the Q-school thing himself last year, so I wasn’t at the tournaments but that week in between happened to be Thanksgiving week. A last minute flight to California the week of Thanksgiving does not come cheap, so I thought I probably wouldn’t see him, but the couple he was staying with offered to fly me out there first class to spend Thanksgiving with them and their friends. It was crazy—total strangers had not only invited Chesson to stay an extra week with them during Thanksgiving, but also to bring me out there. So, we spent Thanksgiving last year in Murrieta, CA, with a bunch of people we had never met. If this whole series of events isn’t unbelievable enough, they set Chesson up with some friends of friends who had a house on the golf course at PGA West which is where Final Stage was being held. Again, we were just thankful for a connection. Turns out, this house was the largest one in PGA West and one of the most extravagant houses I’ve ever seen. I was bummed I was flying back home! I left Chess in California to finish the job and after 6 grueling rounds, he walked away with full status on the Web.com Tour for 2013.

By the time February came around and the Web.com Tour season started, we were excited for the unknown (and secretly planning on trying for a baby). Although I hoped and prayed Chesson would get his PGA Tour card his rookie year, I was realistic that it takes most guys a couple years, so having a baby in October would be the perfect time as the Web.com Tour has a 4 month offseason. Chesson kept insisting that he knew we would get pregnant on the first try and I kept trying to quell his expectations and tell him it usually took a while. Turns out, he was right. When I met him in Chile in March, I broke the news to him that he was going to be a Dad. It was such a special trip as it was the first time I saw Chesson playing on the tour, we explored a beautiful country, and secretly celebrated our big news.

From February-April, Chesson’s season was pretty average. He was making cuts (which we were super thankful for), but not posting any great finishes. We just kept trucking along, always thankful that we were at least on this tour and not struggling to pay bills. May came around and something clicked. Starting with the BMW tournament in SC, he began playing incredibly well. That same week, I got a call with a new job offer that was almost too good to be true. People I liked at a company I liked, better pay, and working 100% remotely. A week later, we had our level 2 ultrasound where they confirmed that everything looked great with our baby. To say we were stoked is an understatement. In a week’s time, our year had once again changed dramatically. He posted a couple more good finishes and by the time June came around, Chesson was ready to go dominate our hometown event—the Rex Open.

You all know how that week went and we were once again blown away at how God had blessed us. Winning that tournament was the highlight of Chesson’s professional career thus far and locked up his PGA Tour card for next year. Since then, we’ve tried to keep everything the same and not get ahead of ourselves. I’ve traveled to as many tournaments as I can, we’ve still done host housing most of the time, and other than the big car purchase you will see below, we’ve pretty much kept our same “standard of living”. We’ve been invited to incredible dinners, been introduced to some fascinating people, and experienced special blessings in every city. Chesson has had some good finishes and some rough patches, but he finished #3 on the regular season money list and has made every cut in the playoffs so far.

We are here in Ponte Vedra with the last tournament in front of us. It’s the last time we will see a lot of the people we’ve become close to this year (at least for a little while) and the last time we will be on the road together as a couple. The PGA Tour season starts in 2 weeks and our baby should be here in 4. What we thought would be the perfect time to have a baby ended up being a time when Chesson will be on the other side of the country, but we certainly can’t complain about having a PGA Tour card. Sometimes we look at each other and just can’t believe all that has transpired in a year. Although life is not always sunshine and roses and even this year we’ve had some struggles, we are fully aware how fortunate we are. Many people would call us lucky, but I think it takes more faith to believe this was all coincidence than it does to believe this was orchestrated by God. I put some of these details in here, like the first-class flight and getting pregnant on the first try, not to toot our own horn (as we had no say in either!) but to give credence to how we have been blessed beyond our wildest dreams.

One lesson that really rooted in my heart this year is that comparison is the thief of joy. It may be easy for some people to be envious of our life right now, just as it’s easy for us to look to some of our peers and wish for what they have, but in the end, both are fruitless and bring nothing but dissatisfaction. Just as we had no idea what this year had in store, we have no idea what the next year has in store. We could easily be back at this same tournament next year fighting to keep the PGA Tour card. I can promise you we will do everything we can to keep everything in perspective, work hard, and just enjoy the ride!

If you’ve made it this far, I’m impressed and I hope reading our story encourages you. I know it was long, but I literally think I could fill a whole book if I wrote out every detail. It’s a story I will cherish in my heart forever and tell our children about.

Nursery
As I promised last week, I finally revealed the nursery to Chesson and our family. It came together exactly how I’d hoped. I am the most indecisive person in the world on most things, but I’ve known for years that I wanted an all-white/ cream nursery and I never wavered. It is so peaceful to me and I love to just walk in the room and think about our little baby in there (although with our schedule next year, there’s a good chance the baby spends less than 20 nights in the nursery in total). Hope you enjoy the pictures–and pretend the crib skirt is there!
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Car
And finally, here is the other new member of our family, named Sue by Chesson. I typically don’t like white cars, but I love the look of white Tahoes, so that was on my wish list, along with captain’s chairs and a backup camera. Sue has all the bells and whistles and the dealership installed the car seat for us, so we are ready to go!
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Thank you all for following us on this journey. We are excited to share with you all that lies ahead.

Blessings,
~Amanda~

P.S. If all the above wasn’t enough, we have one more piece of exciting news to share. Chesson ended up with his caddy Josh this year after a series of fortunate circumstances and he began coming to TourLife bible study with us on Tuesday nights. Well, last night was the last one of the year and Josh decided to get baptized. So cool!
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Wife Wednesday: A win, a new job and other crazy happenings

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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.

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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.

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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!
~Amanda~

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.

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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!

Rex Hospital Open Success!

Congrats to Chesson on finishing first today at the Rex Hospital Open!

Raleigh native Chesson Hadley won the Rex Hospital Open at TPC Wakefield Plantation

Raleigh native Chesson Hadley won the Rex Hospital Open at TPC Wakefield Plantation – image courtesy WRALSportsFan.com

Chesson will be back tomorrow blogging here on HadsCorner.com – stay tuned and leave him some great comments to come back to! Until then, read the article about today’s victory on WRALSportsFan.com.

Click here to watch Chesson’s post-tournament interview with WRAL-TV’s Jared Fialko if you can’t view the video above.

Chesson on WRAL-TV News at 10 and 11!

Did you catch Chesson on Fox 50‘s 10 o’clock news last night or stay up a little later to catch him during the 11 on WRAL?

See it again here:

Or if you’re having trouble viewing the video above, click below below to watch it via YouTube: