Jeff Coston has been named 2017 Pacific Northwest PGA Teacher of the Year. This award recognizes the PGA Professional who is an outstanding teacher among the ranks of PGA membership.
“I would like to thank Semiahmoo members, staff, Brett Eaton and most of all my students/friends. I am also forever grateful for the training, influence, insight and accountability of coaches Mike Bender, Mike Adams, Mike Bennett and Andy Plummer. They are going to make a teacher out of me yet. Honestly, coaching, teaching and mentoring is not what I do, it is who I am.”
The 2017 Golf Schools took place June 22-23 and June 24-25, 2017. This was the 21st year of Jeff Coston and Mike Bender teaching the Golf Schools program at Semiahmoo Resort! Golf Schools will return in 2018.
Q1) Describe what happened in you to go from mini-tour player to British Open Champion and PGA Tour Player of the Year!
Tom: The only thing that changed from the mini tour days to the successful pgatour days was belief. Once I truly believed that I was capable and could do it, then the results became what I thought they could be.
Q2) What makes you an amazing ball striker?
Tom: I hit the center of the club face nearly every time that I swing a club, which I believe is the most important part of hitting good golf shots. Combine that with a shallow approach and very little club face rotation and you get the ability to control trajectory and distance. The repeatability of that combination of things, along with a few others, creates a situation where I can trust my swing under all circumstances.
Q3) Give us 3 qualities of a champion golfer.
Tom: There are more than three qualities that all champions golfers share in common, but I believe the three most significant are confidence, perseverance and commitment.
Q4) You have been a Ryder Cup Player, Captain (in my mind a super captain) and this year assisting Davis Love in this year’s Ryder Cup. What needs to take place for the U.S. Team to play to their potential?
Tom: The US Team will play to their potential if they simply commit to be themselves and play like they normally play. The more we worry about how a mistake affects others on the team, the more pressure we apply to ourselves. We simply need to do our job, which is to execute the way we normally execute. We don’t need to push to be more than we are.
Q5) Give us 3 things you would like people to know about you as a man.
Tom: I would like for people to know that I make more than my share of mistakes. I would like for them to know that I live and breath and function because of Gods grace and mercy on me. I would for them to know that I love them.
Q6) You have know Jeff Coston for over 35 years; give us a few Coston insights.
Tom: Jeff Coston is a natural leader. He is introspective as well as socially outgoing. He deeply loves his wife and kids. He cares about the world around him and has spent his life making a difference. He is gifted at what he does and in the things he pursues and constantly strives to become more excellent. He loves God with all of his heart, mind and soul and loves his neighbors as himself. When his time on earth is over, he will hear God say, “well done thy good and faithful servant.”
Jeff Coston of Jeff Coston Golf Academy at Semiahmoo Resort will join Tom Lehman, Bernhard Langer, Kenny Perry, John Daley, Tom Watson, Colin Montgumery and other greats for this year’s Senior PGA Championship. The event will be held at Harbor Shores Golf Club in Benton Harbor, Michigan May 26-29. This is Coston’s 11th Senior PGA Championship. Jeff has been the low Club Professional in this event twice.
Jeff Coston interviews his long-time friend and recent inductee into the Wold Golf Teachers Hall of Fame, Mike Adams. Question 1: You have just been inducted into the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame. (Coston say’s you have been in his hall of fame for decades!) Tell us about that evening and how you feel about that.
Mike Adams: Getting Inducted into the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame was a fantastic evening. Never when I started teaching did I imagine that I would be honored in this manner. My Induction Class of Butch Harmon, Chuck Cook, Jim Hardy, and Jim McLean was incredible. The gathering of 250 people to help us celebrate that memorable evening was beyond belief. I have been totally blessed, I get to do do something I truly love to do and get paid to do it.
Q: Is it true you decided you wanted to dedicate your life to golf when you saw Jack Nicklaus tee off at Inglewood Golf Club in Kenmore in the Greater Seattle Open in 1965 when you were 10 years old?
A: Yes, that was a real springboard for me. I had become interested in golf because kids in my neighborhood played a lot of sports and started playing golf. Twenty years later, I played with Nicklaus in the final round of the Honda Classic. It was my third professional tournament. I shot 71 and he shot 73
Q: Was 14-year-old Phil Mickelson really the standard bearer for your threesome at the 1985 Buick Invitational when you played a round with Steve Pate and Chris Perry?
A: He was. He still remembers me, and every time we see each other he calls me “Mr. Coston.”
Q: You have operated the Jeff Coston Golf Academy in Blaine near the Canadian border for more than 20 years. What is the farthest someone has come for once-a-week lessons from you?
A: About 50 percent of the people I worked with came from Seattle or farther. One pro playing in Spain used to come home and see me four times a year. I’ve had pros from the Portland area drive up for a series of lessons.