PGA TOUR player Chesson Hadley is paying it forward. The Raleigh, NC native, whose uncle and two grandfathers served in the military, will bolster his commitment to members of our U.S. Armed Forces and their families by joining Birdies for the Brave as an Official PGA TOUR Player Supporter of Military Warriors Support Foundation.
“We’re extremely excited that Chesson Hadley will be representing us as our Birdies for the Brave Player Supporter. His passion for helping to generate awareness and support for the combat-wounded and Gold Star family community reaffirms his commitment to our mission and our nation’s military,” said Ken Eakes, executive director of Military Warriors Support Foundation.
Chesson took up golf at the age of six, and broke par for the first time by age 12. He was a three-time All-State performer during his high school years as well as a five-year letter winner at North Raleigh Christian Academy, which earned him a scholarship to Georgia Tech – where he was a three-time All-American, winning the Carpet Capital Collegiate as well as the ACC Championship his senior year. In 2008, he represented the United States on the Palmer Cup team, paving the way for his professional golf career.
Chesson turned professional in 2010 after graduating with a degree in business management. He played on the eGolf Tour for two years before making it to the Web.com Tour (now Korn Ferry Tour.) He won twice on the Web.com Tour in 2013, winning his hometown event, the Rex Hospital Open, as well as the Tour Championship. He finished with the highest combined earnings during the regular season and the playoffs. During his rookie season on the PGA TOUR in 2013, he won the Puerto Rico Open and claimed four top-10 finishes on his way to earning recognition as 2014 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year. In 2017, he returned to the Web.com Tour, where he notched two victories, two second-place finishes and six top 10s. He finished #1 on the overall money list and was named Player of the Year.
He returned to the PGA TOUR in 2018 with a fury, finishing 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in his first three starts. He had a solid season, notching seven top-10 finishes and finishing 44th in the FedExCup. He continues to play well during the 2019 season while supporting Birdies for the Brave activities during tournaments and in the community. Most recently, Chesson participated in the Military Caddie Program during the 3M Open, and also showed his support during the Wells Fargo Championship – where he helped to commemorate the opening of the Patriots’ Outpost and joined with Military Warriors Support Foundation in presenting a local wounded hero and his family with a new car and mortgage-free home.
“I am honored to join Birdies for the Brave as a player supporter,” said Chesson. “I have deep respect and appreciation for the courageous men and women who proudly serve our country, and feel privileged for the opportunity to join with other PGA TOUR players in expressing our gratitude to these American heroes and their families.”
A joint effort between the PGA TOUR, Inc., PGA TOUR Charities, Inc., and the TPC Network, Birdies for the Brave is a national military outreach initiative dedicated to honoring and showing support for the courageous men and women of our U.S. Armed Forces and their families. It was originally created in 2004 by PGA TOUR player Phil Mickelson and his wife, Amy, in collaboration with Glenn Cohen, to support troops injured during combat. Since then, then, Birdies for the Brave has raised millions of dollars for 10 military homefront charities that provide critical programs and services to meet the specialized needs of wounded heroes, veterans and military families. Birdies for the Brave also includes military outreach and appreciation activities during more than 80 tournaments annually on the PGA TOUR, Web.com Tour and PGA TOUR Champions.
For more information about Birdies for the Brave, including a list of tournaments, fundraising events and volunteer opportunities in communities across the U.S. – or to make a donation, please visit www.birdiesforthebrave.org or follow them on Facebook.