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FALL 2017

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UOFLMAGAZINE.COM 32 M ost grooms who ask their bride to postpone the honeymoon just a few short weeks before the wed- ding would end up in the doghouse, but that wasn't the case for Adam Hadwin, 09B. The Canadian golfer was in for a whirlwind of emotions following his victory at the Valspar Championship of the Professional Golfers' Associ- ation Tour in March 2017, where he battled it out in the final holes with Patrick Cantlay to finish with an even- par 71. The win qualified him for the Dell Match Play, which happened to be the week of his wedding. Hadwin's victory also meant he qualified for The Masters, scheduled for the same week as his honeymoon. His relaxing getaway would wait. Thankfully, his wife, Jessica, was rather understanding about the last-minute change. Hadwin went on to tie for 36th position at The Masters this spring after making it past the first-round cut. Hadwin, 29, was born in Saskatch- ewan and raised in British Columbia alongside little brother, Kyle. Raised in the heart of hockey territory, Had- win instead chose to begin dabbling in golf at age 3. With his father as his first coach, he began playing golf seriously and earned a scholarship to the University of Louisville. While at Uof L, he con- tinued fine-tuning his golf skills under coach Mark Crabtree, who described him as a very focused athlete and great teammate. Hadwin finished fourth in team stroke average and grabbed fourth place at UNCG Bridgestone Clas- sic and Morris Williams Invitational during his final season with Uof L's golf team. He graduated in 2009 with a degree in business management and the intent to make his mark on the world of golf. In 2014, Hadwin made the big leagues and reached the PGA Tour. "I've been working hard for a number of years now, played every level and been around the world. And to make it on to the tour that most golfers dream of is just amazing," he said. Hadwin began the 2017 sea- son by becoming one of only nine golfers in PGA Tour his- tory to shoot a sub-60 round after shooting a 59 at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January. The golfer shot 13 bird- ies in that round, becoming the first Canadian on the tour to achieve a sub-60 round to date. "I think you will see Adam Hadwin more on the PGA tour," Crabtree said after Hadwin's Valspar victory. "This is just the start and if we give him two or three years, I think we will see him go far." As for the Hadwins' honeymoon, time has not yet been on their side. "[Jessica] always knew there was a chance to postpone it or cancel, but she's extremely supportive about hav- ing such a happy reason for postponing it." Hadwin said. Hadwin's best year yet UofL alum celebrates PGA Tour win and his wedding BUILDING ON ATHLETIC SUCCESS T wo major UofL athletic facilities are getting bigger and better during the 2017-18 season. Papa John's Cardinal Stadium is in the middle of an expansion that will add 10,000 seats and boost the live game experience for fans. Meanwhile, the Cardinals volleyball team moved their games back to the heart of campus after an upgrade to Cardinal Arena in the Swain Student Activities Center. Papa John's Stadium Expansion "Coming Full Circle," the UofL football stadium expan- sion, began construction in November 2016. The $63 million addition will include the first-of-its-kind "Three Stripe Zone" for optimal seating and viewing. Some benefits include padded seating, extended legroom and priority on the parking waitlist in addition to a prime view of huddles. AL MESSERSCHMIDT Adam Hadwin hoists the first-place trophy from the 2017 Valspar Championship. Hadwin's win earned him a spot at The Master's.

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