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.
Jeff Coston won the Hawaii Senior State Open for the second time in three years by edging multiple PGA and Champions Tour winner Dave Eichelberger by a shot. Jeff made a 9 foot put on the final hole for the victory.
Coston, Eichelberger, former U.S. Open Champion Scott Simpson and Ishi were all tied entering the final round. The four players were also paired together which made for high drama at the beautiful Mauna Lana Resort on the big island of Hawaii.
Coston had rounds of 71-70-68 for a -7 total and the championship.
“I struck the ball well and was patient the first two days. I made some nice putts down the stretch! It’s fun to feel the heat and play free, fearless golf That putt on the last hole felt like Steph Curry shooting a foul shot. Nothing but net! I’m grateful it was great fun!”Coston said after the tournament.
Coston heads home to Semiahmoo and his golf academy were he will be holding court for his students throughout 2016!
I’m getting them started young! We still make it fun. We go to Semiahmoo and hit a few shots, ride the cart, swim, throw rocks in the ponds and eat French fries. (No fries for me!) My family is my greatest accomplishment! Sometimes I need to remind myself what are truly the greatest treasures in life!
I have had Jeff Coston Golf Academy at Semiahmoo Resort for 21 years! It has been wonderful! I could not be at a better place. The staff, members and my students are my friends! I am very grateful and I look forward to the next 21 years!
I just arrived back home from the Rousauers Spokane Open at 1 this morning. I chose playing Spokane over qualifying for British Senior Open because my wife, Diane, could go with me to Spokane and not to the UK. I’ve missed her in my travels this year. We have gone to Spokane for many years and always have fun! I chose fun. I shot 67-65-66 and finished 3rd. So I beat all but two of the young bucks. But I still consider myself young!
I teach this week and leave for Minneapolis Sunday for the 3M Classic; then to Calgary for the Shaw event; home for a golf school and our Champions Tour Pro-Am; than the Boeing Classic in Seattle. I’d sure like to take more of those 65, 66 and 67’s on the road these next several tournaments!
I hope many of you join us for The Champions Tour Pro-Am, August 16-17. What a rare opportunity for everyone! Rocco Mediate, Mark Calcavecchia, Olin Brown, David Frost And many more! Fun stuff here at Semiahmoo! Just like Disney World with no lines!