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?