We all have a story to share – a continuous narrative made up of experiences and people that shape who we are, and who we’re going to be.
While I’m fortunate enough to play professional golf on the greatest Tour on the planet, I am also just your typical west coast Canuck, with a passion for hockey, baseball and cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Here are a few snapshots of my story….
Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on November 2, 1987 to Gerry and Brenda Hadwin, I was raised in Abbotsford (Abby), British Columbia, along with my little bro, Kyle – one of my best friends. While my upbringing was very typical, my family’s commitment and support of each other has been extraordinary. We’ve all heard of “soccer moms” and “hockey moms”. Well, I had a “golf family”. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Of all the sports I played growing up – golf included – baseball was actually my favourite. Like so many young kids, I dreamed of playing in the Majors.
I chose golf for obvious reasons….
I picked up golf at a fairly young age – about 3, but didn’t get serious about it until my teens. Again, baseball was more my sport growing up. My dad was a teaching pro and I credit him with introducing me to the game and being my first real coach.
I attended the University of Louisville on a golf scholarship and graduated in 2009 with a degree in Business Management.
After one of my best years as a pro in 2014, which included Web.com Tour wins at the Chile Classic and Chiquita Classic, as well as winning the combined money list title, I finally realized my dream of playing on the PGA Tour.
The feeling remains indescribable, but in a lot of ways it’s surreal. I grew up watching this Tour on tv, like everyone else. And now, to be out on Tour and competing against the best players in the world every week is something I will never take for granted and always appreciate.
Oddly enough (for a Canadian at least), I never played hockey growing up, but I have always been a Vancouver Canucks hockey fan. Whenever I’m back in Abby during the hockey season, I always make time to catch a game in person.
While I wouldn’t call myself an expert fisherman by any stretch, I do enjoy a little fishing with some pals from time to time. It’s a great escape.
I’m completely serious when I say if I wasn’t playing golf for a living I’d be a chef. I love cooking, and always have. Tough thing about being a pro golfer is not being able to cook for yourself when you’re out on Tour. Don’t get me wrong, when we’re on the road we get the opportunity to experience some of the best cuisine in the world – but sometimes you just want a simple home-cooked meal, especially when you’re away for weeks at a time.
As a PGA Tour member, we also get to visit some special places. Here’s me and Jess visiting NYC in 2015, one of my favourite cities. Notice I’m still representing….
In case you didn’t know, I am also a very proud Canadian – home of “The Great One”. There’s nothing that gets me more excited each week on Tour than the surprisingly large and loud Canadian galleries on the golf course. Believe me, all the Canadian players on Tour see it and feel it. Amazing fans! Love and appreciate your overwhelming support!