Jeff Coston is playing in the 79th KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, May 22-27 at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Read more and get tee-times/scores at: https://www.pga.com/events/seniorpgachampionship
Last week we had an amazing successful once in a lifetime EVENT at Semiahmoo! We had 10 Champion Tour Players up for a SPECIAL Pro-Am. Rocco Mediate, Mark Calcavecchia, David Frost, Olin Brown, Joey Sindelar and more! Great pro’s! 40 am’s. Dinner, stay at the amazing Semiahmoo Resort. Over $27,000 to the St. Joseph Cancer Center. Everyone had a fantastic two days! The pros want to come back next year!
The Boeing Classic just finished yesterday. The Boeing has always been a highlight tourney for me. One year I skipped the PGA Championship to play Boeing. I love Seattle and the folks in the Great Northwest!
I’ve made and deepened so many friendships with the players while playing The Champions Tour. That would be one of the highlights of 2015.
Billy Andrade won this year. We have played several rounds together this year. He is down to earth and a sports lover. I remember playing basketball together while on the regular Tour. He can play! Really good guys out there. Life long friends.
I’m back teaching at my academy the next month and really all year. Give me a call and we will spend some Extraordinary time on your golf game.
Just finished The Shaw Classic in Calgary. 72-67-76. Ouch. I played the second round with Scott Hoch and Ian Woosnam. Hoch is very funny. He is candid with little if any filter. He has 168 top ten finishes on the PGA Tour. That is how he earned the nickname as “the ATM”; he was a cash machine. Woosnam was quite friendly. They both had serious opinions about the latest inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame. I will leave it at that. I shot 67 that round. Perhaps I could play with them every day.
I’m on the plane to Calgary and the Shaw Classic. I played here last year and shot 69-71-64. I like that 64 finish! The last few tournaments that 64 finish would had felt good!
I played last week at the 3M in Minneapolis. 69-69-75. 50th. I did many good things, even the third round. 64, would be sweet.
Kenny Perry won last year. Kenny is a good friend of mine. We have become even closer this year. Seriously, a wonderful human. Since Kenny won last year and Tom Lehman is from Minnesota every port-o-potty had Kenny and Tom’s picture wrapped around it so I was teasing those guys. ” You must be very famous to have dozens of out door toilets covered with your picture.”
When Kenny won again this year I sent him a text: “Congrats, they won’t have to re-do the port-o-potties next year!” “You’re famous!”
Johnny Miller, Lee Trevino, Dave Stokton and Jack Nicklaus. Did an exhibition during the tournament. I grabbed all but Nicklaus for a quick picture. Stokton and I have spoke about putting. Miller was everyone’s hero in the 70’s and Trevino could just stripe it. Now he say’s he hits it so short he can hear it land!
I will send a blog from Calgary.
Boston. It is Tuesday June 9th. I’m watching game 3 of the NBA Finals. Exciting. Competing with all that is within each player. Reacting to a purpose, plan and target! The target; so important to react and focus on the target in golf also! Technique is important no question, but all under the umbrella of react, routine and target.
I’m second alternate at the Senior Player’s Championship. Now the waiting game.Sure would like to play!
Today I played with my friend and former babysitter for my children, Tom Lehman and Corey Pavin. We told stories and laughed much of the day. I played super. Laughter is good medicine!! I believe if all golfers were less intense and lighter hearted we would ALL play better.
Last week I played the Principal Classic in Des Moines, Iowa. I shot 67 the first day and was in the final group the second day, one shot back. I made a couple birdies early and had the lead for a minute or two. Fun. I shot 67-72-73 and finished 30th.
I’m enjoying playing the Champions Tour. It would be nice to post low numbers daily.
I will be home teaching the next few weeks and doing golf schools again with Mike Bender. If anyone wants to spend some time on any aspect of their game, give me a call.
Coston from Boston out for now!
I am on the plane heading home after two weeks on the road playing two tournaments.
I had a 3am wake up call eastern time. I hopped in a car at 3:16, drove 125 miles to Louisville, Kentucky and caught a 7 am flight to Minnesota then to Seattle grab another car to head home to Blaine, Washington.
To be straight up honest, golf-wise, it was a disappointing couple of tournaments. Outside of golf, I saw many extraordinary things take place in my life and some folks I met.
The first tournament was the Regions Tradition at Shoel Creek in Birmingham, Alabama. Shoel Creek is a famous golf course that I have always wanted to play. I was not disappointed. Wonderful place. Southern people have always been so friendly!
I did a corporate outing for the tournament sponsor that went very well. I have created a good reputation for these outings and handling people in a positive manner so I’m being asked quite regularly to do special instruction and outings along the way.
I played the third round with Peter Jacobson. Peter has always been a great friend and an ambassador for golf. He was very encouraging and complimentary about my game. We both shot 72 that day. Peter has had so many surgeries over the years, he is now the bionic man!
I went form Birmingham to French Lick, Indiana, for the Senior PGA Championship. I’ve been low club professional in the country twice in this event. I missed the 36 hole cut. Ouch! Early exit.
Next week I have the Senior Washington Open. I have won that 7 times and finished second once. I’m ready for a great week. A quick fun note about Washington Senior Open; the year I finished second an amateur whom attended Seattle University when I did won the event. Good player. Anyway, he as did everyone at the university had a mad crush on this amazing beautiful girl, named Diane. Guess who married Diane. Me! So he wins the tourney, In the paper, they ask me about the tourney and him winning. I congratulate him fully, but say since he is an amateur he got the trophy; I got the money and I got the girl! Not sure if he had spoken to me since.
I’m grateful for this Champions Tour opportunity, but I will say I miss home and Semiahmoo. Thank you all for your interest and encouragement. We are in this together! I’m looking for some Extraordinary golf and finishes!
I just finished my fifth tournament so far this year on the Champions Tour in Atlanta. The tournament was held at TPC Sugarloaf; a very good layout. Let me tell you – it rained hard each day! It rained so much the final round was canceled.
I shot 69-72 and a tie for 20th. My best finish this far and $21,000. That’s a lot of golf lessons! I lipped out a hole in one on 16 on National television and birdied the last hole. Glad for that. A few shots lower and I’d be smiling bigger.
Brett, Mark Andrew and I are putting together a special Pro-Am with 10 Champion Tour players in August.
We have a wonderful group of Tour pros coming which includes friend Olin Brown who won this weeks event. Rocco Mediate is coming also. He is a character and a half! His caddy used to loop for me over 20 years ago. It’s going to be an amazing event. I encourage everyone to be a part of this rare opportunity August 16-17!!!!
David Frost who won in Mississippi will be here also. His nickname for me is “Superman.” He gave that to me because I’m in the workout trailer whenever he goes in there. I’m saving my grandpa but trying to stay young from the neck down.
I believe every Champions Tour player coming has won out there but me. Shoot, I like to change that I’m a hurry!
The Hall of Fame pitcher who played for the Atlanta Braves was there. I asked him what made him “great.” He said dedication, discipline and not being afraid to fail. Only seeing failure as an opportunity to get better. That truly spoke to me. I had breakfast with Bernhardt Langer, he said the same thing and added a big heart.
I’ve finished higher each week. I like the way I’m trending. I appreciate everyone’s interest and support.
I have played in two more Champion Tour events since our last article. Tucson and Gulfport, Mississippi. Great people, great weather, great golf! In Tucson I shot 71-73-73 and Mississippi 73-73-73. Wow 73 seemed to be the number! I wish it was 67. I’d even take 69. Believe it or not, there is not much difference on tour between those numbers. A pitch here, a made 6 footer there can create a mindset or momentum that gets you off to the races. Patience and responding well to adversity again have been the pill I am swallowing. Golf sometimes shadows life.
Tucson, Arizona is a beautiful place. The mountains that surround the city are breath taking. The Tucson National golf course is wonderful also. I stayed with some friends of mine who are members at Semiahmoo which made the week all the more enjoyable. Thanks Donald and Susan!
I flew from Tucson to Gulfport, Mississippi. Definitely the South, and I love it. The people are so nice and I love that accent! Many fun and interesting happenings in Mississippi. The host hotel is a casino on the Gulf thus Gulfport, Mississippi. I’ve never pulled a slot machine or done anything in a casino in my life! Truly. Ask my friends. So I’m a rookie in a casino. Rodger Chapman from England and I were on the plane together. He said he had a car to the hotel and I should hop in with him. A serious Limo.
We go to the hotel/casino to VIP check in. Both our rooms are comped, overlooking the Gulf. Sweet. I still have not played a game in a casino. Good food though.
I went to the golf course the next day. The course is called Fallen Oak. A serious wonderful golf course. By the way Steve Winn owns the hotel and golf course. Anyway, I went to the workout trailer to stay young from the neck down, because I’m shaving my Grandpa when I look in the mirror. That is where I met Angel Jimiez for the first time. We worked out daily and were showing each other exercises we had learned over the years.
Nice guy and he works out hard. I was impressed!
Saturday after the round I was hitting shots on the range and Lee Jansen walk up. Lee and I both work with Mike Bender on our games. Lee won in Naples this year and has won two U.S. Opens. He said “Jeff, you hit it as well and are in as good shape as anyone out here. Just get comfortable and know you can do it!! And then walked away.
Tom Lehman is a good friend of mine for many years. He and Melissa use to babysit my children. Diane and I stayed with them in Phoenix earlier this year. We went to dinner Saturday night with his partner in golf course design. A gentleman named Chris Banks out of Portland. A smart man. I learned much about courses that night. Anyway, I did not know dinner was at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. First time i’d been there. Their budget is at a different level than mine. Great steak, most expensive dinner of my life. I’d better get off 73 to eat there again. Tom finished 2nd in Gulfport. I guess he is going back to see Ruth again soon.
i’m home teaching the next two weeks. I will be pitching, putting, hitting wedges and bunker shots. i will be hitting many drives and setting my mind on low scores. One more thing for all of us; let’s continue to have fun and enjoy each step on the golf course. That will help produce low scores.
Jeff Coston a 20 Pacific Northwest PGA Player of the Year. He is a member of the Pacific Northwest PGA Hall of Fame. He is now a Champion Tour Member. Jeff can be reached for appointment by calling the amazing Semiahmoo Resort at 360-201-4590.
Jeff Coston birdied the final two holes in strong winds to shoot 66 the final round of the Champions Tour qualifying tournament. Jeff shot 69-74-73-66 to finish 3rd and earn full exempt status for the 2015 Champions Tour season.
The tournament was held in Orlando, Florida at Orange County National.
“I made a nice putt on hole 1 which was nice. I trusted myself greatly, especially the last day! I played free and I was committed, aggressive and target focused. I stayed physically relaxed and even had fun!”
Coston looks forward to playing next year and says he will continue to teach, mentor and coach at his golf academy at Semiahmoo.
“I’ve poured my life and soul into my students who have become my friends. I love them and teaching. I plan to be at Semiahmoo a long, long time.” I taught in Orlando with Mike Bender at his academy the day after I qualified!” It’s who I am!”