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LECOM Health Challenge Champion Chesson Hadley named
2017 Korn Ferry Tour Player of the Year
Two wins, Regular Season and Finals money titles secure top Korn Ferry Tour
honor for the LECOM Health Challenge alum

CLYMER, N.Y. (November 15, 2017) –  PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan and Korn Ferry Tour President Dan Glod yesterday announced that 2017 LECOM Health Challenge champion Chesson Hadley was named 2017 Korn Ferry Tour Player of the Year. The honor comes after Hadley not only won the LECOM Health Challenge, but also emerged as the champion of the Albertsons Boise Open and nearly secured a playoff win at the Rex Hospital Open.

Hadley’s impressive year led him to earn $562,475, and he became the first player in the five-year history of the Korn Ferry Tour Finals to win the Regular Season and Finals money lists. His single-season earnings rank third on the Tour’s all-time list, trailing only Michael Sim ($644,142 in 2009) and Patton Kizzire ($567,866 in 2015).

“On behalf of the PGA TOUR, I would like to congratulate Chesson Hadley for a tremendous season on the Korn Ferry Tour, and for earning this award through a vote of his peers,” said Monahan. “By winning the Regular Season and Finals money lists, he put forth one of the best seasons in Tour history, and set the foundation for a great start to his 2017-18 campaign.”

By virtue of winning both money titles, Hadley was the only player to earn full exempt status on the PGA TOUR for the 2017-18 season, which includes a spot in THE PLAYERS Championship.

Hadley’s success is due in large part to his perseverance and tenacity. After playing his way to the PGA TOUR through the Korn Ferry Tour in 2013, Hadley lost exempt status following the 2015-16 PGA TOUR season. He then returned to the Korn Ferry Tour in 2017, where he notched five top-25 finishes in his first 12 starts. His win at the LECOM Health Challenge is one of the highlights of his season, and signifies his ascent to becoming the best Korn Ferry Tour player in 2017.

“What makes the LECOM Health Challenge great is the quality of talent it brings to the Chautauqua-Erie region, and Chesson Hadley is a perfect example of that,” said LECOM Health Challenge tournament director Kevin Sanvidge. “Chesson is such an incredible competitor, and we’re so pleased that he’s received this prestigious award from the Korn Ferry Tour.”

After winning the LECOM Health Challenge, which secured his return to the PGA TOUR, Hadley notched a solo-third finish at the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr. Pepper and his second win of the year at the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco – one of three top-10s compiled during the Korn Ferry Tour Finals.

“Chesson returned to the Korn Ferry Tour in 2017, and by working hard, being disciplined, and relying on those around him, he honed his game, confidence and competitiveness. Today, he is back on the PGA TOUR, with three top-5 finishes under his belt,” said David L. Brown,’s Chairman, CEO and President. “His inspirational journey underscores the real reason why the Korn Ferry Tour exists – to help golfers reach their potential. On behalf of’s 3,800 employees who help businesses reach their potential, congratulations to Chesson and his entire team for this well-deserved honor.”

Hadley was honored at a reception at the Sea Island (Ga.) Resort, host of this week’s The RSM Classic, which gets underway tomorrow.

For more information on the Korn Ferry Tour, or Chesson Hadley, please visit To learn more about the 2018 LECOM Health Challenge which will be held at Peek’n Peak Resort in Clymer, NY July 2-8, visit



The LECOM Health Challenge is a Korn Ferry Tour event hosted at Peek’n Peak’s “Upper Course” on July 5 – 8, 2018.  A week-long schedule of events will include a Pro-Am, followed by four official rounds of tournament competition. With LECOM serving as title sponsor and the CREDC acting as the host organization, proceeds from the tournament will benefit the LECOM Student Scholarship Fund, as well as other local charities. For more information, visit