Jeff Coston made 10 birdies and no bogeys the final round to post 68-70-62 to win his fifth Senior Oregon Open.
“I hit the ball well all week. The last round I just let the putter go like Steph Curry shooting foul shots! Less try, less time, less think. Just let it go freely. A game worth playing. Golf can be so much easier when we learn to overcome interference and let it go!”
Coston will play the Northwest Open, August 21-23 at Wine Valley.
This month marks a celebration of 23 years Jeff Coston Golf Academy at Semiahmoo Golf Club! Being here with the members, staff and this super facility has been my honor and privilege! Thank you Semiahmoo for allowing me to spend much of my life here and hopefully much more. Everyone wants to hit the golf ball further, no doubt! Hitting the golf ball straighter helps also. These last 23 years most everyone communicates, “I want to be more consistent; hit it farther; hit it straighter.”
We have, and will continue to, write about the proper plane, path and club face. We often over these 23 years have focused on shallowing the shaft on the downswing (most golfers have to steep an approach).
We have and will continue to communicate most golfers would be benefit with a slightly stronger grip in the fingers. Golfers also aim thier feet to the right of target and shoulders left; where feet left and shoulders right would be a better habit.
As I write this, I’m on the flight back home from Orlando, Florida. I lived in Orlando while playing the PGA and Web.com Tours. It’s funny how Orlando does not seem like home although we lived there for over 15 years. Semiahmoo is home.
This week I played the National Senior Club Professional Championship in south Florida. I won 10 years ago! It doesn’t seem that long ago! Ouch! This year I shot 69-72-70-73 and finished T18. If you know me, you know I imagined better. Over 300 players from every state. With my finish, I qualified for The Senior PGA Championship next May in Washington D.C. This will be my 11th Senior PGA. I must be old!
I defend The Hawaii State Open for a week in December and celebrate 40 years of marriage with Diane! I know, she is amazing for putting up with me. December through February if you bring a new client to my warm and dry academy building for a lesson, you will receive $50 off your next lesson and your friend will also!
The winter is a super time to improve our golf! I know I will be improving my skills along with you.
Jeff Coston interviews Canadian PGA Pro Brian Jung.
Q1) You played division 1 college golf at Oregon State University, a very fine college career. Now you have turned professional. Have any aspects of your game improved since college? If so, what; how and why?
Brian: “Yes. The mental side of my game improved the most since I turned professional. It all started when I went to see Jeff Coston for the first time. Everytime I go see him, we would spend the first 10-15 minutes talking about the previous golf tournament.”
“I used to go to a golf tournament having high expectations and goals which made me anxious and nervous. But I learned that I cannot block these feelings or thoughts. The only way to overcome those interference was by telling the truth:
I have a great golf swing. I can start the ball somewhere and curve it. Depending on my game on that day, I can make that range bigger or smaller.
I have great speed on the green. I see and visualize the line and I simply react.
No hole, shot, or putt is more important than what I practice.”
“Knowing those truth, I am much freer on the course and golf is much simpler. I can just enjoy my time out there which translates to better mental game.”
Burly Hildreth (age 12) won the Western Washington Open, hosted by the Rocky Mountain Junior Golf Tour, for both the 11-12 and 13-14 age divisions. Hildreth played from the blue tees and outscored his competition by one stroke. Given his age, the tournament representatives originally questioned Burly’s desire to play from the much harder back tees. At the end of the first day, all doubts were put to rest as he led both age divisions in scoring. When asked about playing from the back tees, Hildreth commented that he had a lot of fun crushing the ball with his driver and fairway woods. Hildreth gave a shout out to his coach, Jeff Coston, for encouraging him to continually “smoke” the golf ball. Burly couldn’t wait to get back home and tell the gang at the Orcas Island Golf Course.