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!”
Jeff Coston has 3 tournaments remaining in 2014. The busy teacher/coach/mentor/tournament player is headed to Florida next week for the Senior Professional National Championship. (that’s a mouth full)
Jeff won this event in 2006. That must make him OLD! Last year Coston finished 3rd.
The week following Coston heads to Orlando for the finals of the Champions Tour Qualifier. Last year Jeff finished 9th and earned a conditional card on the Champions Tour.
Coston is keeping all his plates spinning teaching and playing through December as he defends his one shot victory over former U.S. Open Champion and friend Scott Simpson in the Senior Hawaii State Open.
Jeff said ” I’m going to enjoy each day, shot and experience. I look forward to the opportunity to play free, committed, react to the target and trust myself.”
Friday I tee it up on this tour for the third week in a row. I’m definitely feeling comfortable and like I am able. That was my purpose in going to the qualifying tournament last November; to truly see in my heart where I am as a golfer. I’ve spent many years as a player and coach, I’m always evaluating where I stand in both. That’s one reason I teach with great teachers and watch great teachers, coach. Same holds true as a golfer.
As I spent time out here I’ve thought, “how have I improved and grown in my real job?” The teacher/coach. I’m always pro-active there also. Coaching also is my passion.
I have done clinics each week for a minimum of 4 people. I’ve taught 4-8 individual lessons on this journey each event. I have enjoyed observing or being a part of clinics put on by Joey Sindular, Bobby Clampett, Andy Bean and Joe Daly.
I have discussed the “art of putting” and putted with Loren Roberts, David Frost and Ronnie Black. (Breakthrough Stuff!) I have spoken and mainly listened to Bernhard Langer and David Frost on “how to mentally play to your ability to win golf tournaments. Talked with Tom Lehman, Keith Clearwater and Bobby Cllampett about impact and the golf swing. I have done club repair with Mark Brooks and the guys in the traveling repair trailer. I have been able to spend significant time with Mike Eggleg and Hopkins wedges about proper wedge bounce and grinding .
It has also been my pleasure to expand my workouts to “leap tall buildings at a single bound”;working out with: Lee Jansen, Fred Funk, Brad Faxon, Mike Goodes and David Frost. I’d like to thank and punch the trainer Kent Biggerstaff for expanding my experience and knowledge to share with my students also.
All this to say; I’m still growing, learning and sharing great things from great people to great people. Golf, our privilege and passion!
I’m on the airplane flying from Calgary to Quebec City. I feel like I’m on “Tour” again.
I finished playing the Shaw Charity Classic yesterday. I shot 69-71-64 and finished tie 27. Yesterday I played with Olin Brown and Jeff Sluman; two guys I’ve known for many years. Good guys! They both said I’m getting better with age. Nice.
I made a nice 5 footer down hill on the last hole and a 20 footer on 17 for an extra few dollars. That felt nice. I’m a better player and teacher for being out here. I’m grateful for this opportunity. I’m also grateful for being able to play and teach golf my entire life…… I’m grateful for my academy at Semiahmoo and everyone’s support.
I have a wonderful life!
I had dinner with Tom Lehman again this week. He is still just a regular guy with much class. Especially since he bought dinner.
A fun thing happened; Bobby Clampett told the tournament director I was a wonderful teacher so they asked me to give a lesson to a VIP and filmed it! I received much positive feedback. Many folks have been to Semiahmoo and said they need to comeback. I agreed.
I have one more tournament and then home to my other job.
Jeff shot 67 and won the Open qualifier by two shots at Canterwood in Gig Harbor. Coston will tee it up with the best seniors in the world at Oak Tree National in Edmond, Oaklahoma July 10-13. This is Costons 4th Senior U.S. Open and the 18th Major Championship of his career.
Semiahmoo golf instructor Jeff Coston came from a shot back to force a playoff and then beat Redmond’s Tom Sovay on the second hole of a playoff to claim the Pacific Northwest Section Senior PGA Championship for the seventh time in eight years on Friday, Sept. 6, at the RMG Club at Oakbrook in Lakewood.
“I’ve won this thing seven times now,” said Coston, who reclaimed the top spot after missing in 2012. “I guess that must mean that I’m getting old. … I’m feeling like a young man, though. I’ve done 500 pushups so far today, and I’ve just got to beat the traffic home so I can do another 500.”
The pushups seemed to help, as Coston rallied from a stroke back entering the final round to tie Sovay by shooting a second-round 68, following his first-round 69.
“The weather was crazy and rainy today, but the course held water well,” Coston said. “I was told I was leading going into the last hole, and I birdied the last hole, but it turned out they had the scoreboard wrong. It ended up needing a birdie to tie.”
Both he and Sovay birdied the first playoff hole, but Sovay missed a short putt that would have tied Coston on the second.
Coston already had an exemption to the Southworth Senior PGA National Championship Oct. 10-13 at Creighton Farms and River Creek Club in Virginia. Shortly before that tournament, he’ll play in the PGA section championship in Richland.
Brooke Branigan , student of Coston, was named High School Player of the Year 2013. She will play for Western Washington University next year. Coston has high hopes for Brooke. Brooke hits the ball far. She understands the elements of scoring. As she continues to grow and challenges herself, many victories are in the future!