Jeff Coston interviews Kenny Perry, PGA Tour and Champions Tour player.
Q 1) You have had an amazing golf career. 14 PGA Tour wins, 8 Champions Tour wins (and counting) Ryder Cup; did you ever think as a high school or college player your career would flourish to this degree? What catapulted you to this level?
Kenny: Never, I had an average college career. Turned pro out of college with just a DREAM. I told my dad at age 7 all I wanted to do is play the tour. I think what got me over the hump was a great support group (God and family) and a never-give-up attitude.
Burly Hildreth wins the Bellingham Junior Open with his strongest finish yet. Burly’s three birdies today helped him secure his second win of the season by a whopping 11 strokes. With his win today, Burly qualifies for the year-end Rocky Mountain Tournament of Champions later this December. Congratulations Burly!
I just finished doing my 19th year of golf schools with 2015 British Open Champion Zach Johnson’s Coach, Mike Bender. Mike and I have done 117 golf schools together! Mike comes up from his academy outside Orlando to my spot here at Semiahmoo. We have a fabulous time working with golfers from all over the Pacific Northwest. We do one, two and sometimes three day schools the latter part of June through the beginning of July. We do our regular school and we also have a “tournament players” school for high school, college and professional golfers.
Mike and I met on the “mini tours” in 1980. Quite sometime ago! We played the PGA Tour together and we are definitely brothers in golf. Mike Bender has had a major influence in my game and my teaching. No question! I learn each year and each time we are together.
Following are some quotes from this year’s schools. I look forward to year 20 in 2017.
Coston won this year’s Washington Open with a birdie on the final hole. He went on to play the Senior PGA Championship 6 days later in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Next week, Jeff will defend his 8-time title at the Washington Senior Open. Then he will be back teaching at his golf academy at the beautiful Semiahmoo Resort-Golf-Spa.
Will Tindle, 14 years old, won his fist golf tournament on May 8, 2016. Jeff interviews his student in five questions.
1. You just won your first tournament, what did you do well today?
Will: I Stuck to my routine and was target focused the whole day. I also played smart golf coming in.
2. You began the day a shot back, what was your mindset?
Will: Put pressure on the leader by hitting fairways and greens. Play steady golf.
3. What are the 3 biggest differences in you as a tournament player compared to last year?
Will: I make better sounds, roll my ball letting the hole get in the way, and swing freely without fear.
4. How long have you been coming to Jeff Coston for coaching? How has he helped you?
Will: I have been seeing Jeff for a little over a year and he has really helped me with my mental game, course management, and swing mechanics. I now play with more confidence and have trust in my game. I am more aware of my swing. When I hit a good shot, I know what I’m doing right. When I hit a poor shot, I’m aware of what I need to do differently.
5. How are you better for this experience today?
Will: I proved to myself that I have the ability to play under pressure.
What do you like most about golf and being a golfer?
Burly’s Response: I like that golf is a very competitive and challenging sport. I also love the feeling of hitting a perfect golf shot and winning.
You are 12 years old and just shot 70 to win a golf tournament. What are the strengths of your game?
Burly’s Response: My favorite shots to play (strengths) are my “baby draw” drives, short chips and making medium length putts.
Were you nervous coming down the stretch?
Burly’s Response: No, because I didn’t know anyone else’s score.
And how did you finish so strong?
Burly’s Response: I just tried to make the best golf shot I could – one shot at a time.
How often do you practice?
Burly’s Response: Every day I can. My mom won’t let me practice when it’s raining hard or when I have a piano lesson.
And who is your favorite golfer?
Burly’s Response: Ricky Fowler because he is not afraid to go for it and he makes clutch shots.
You travel from Orcas Island to Blaine to see Coston. Why?
Burly’s Response: Jeff knows what it takes to be on tour and win. He is an amazing coach and has helped improve every part of my game. He is also fun and I like to bet him “push-ups” for whoever makes the better golf shot.
What types of things are you and Jeff working on?
Burly’s Response: Swinging harder – “more smoke”, visualizing all shots, best type of chip for the hole position, putting speed, 20/20 swing plane, thumping the turf at impact, and turning knuckles down through the ball.