This year, Blaine local Jeff Coston finished sixth out of 312 competitors at the 45th PGA Professional National Championship, qualifying him for the 94th PGA Championship that will be held August 9 to 12 in South Carolina.
The PGA Championship requires each competitor to complete 54 holes in three days, Coston said. It will be his fifth time competing against some of the best players in the industry, including Tiger Woods. To qualify for the tournament, golfers have to place in the top 20.
“I’m the second oldest in the PGA – I’ll be in my 70s soon,” the 56-year-old said. “I’d say that’s pretty good.”
Coston credits a few things to keeping him young – working out, playing golf and watching romantic comedies, such as “Sleepless in Seattle” and “The Notebook.” His other favorite movies include sport-themed films such as “For the Love of the Game.”
Coston has been playing and teaching golf for the past 56 years, and he still has a huge passion for the sport.
In recent years, Coston won both the Washington Open and the Washington Senior Open in 2010 and the PNW PGA Professional Championship in 2009.
“I like winning,” Coston said. “I am very self motivated and competitive.” Coston said the industry has so many distractions and easy ways out, but he loves what it takes to get through a lifelong career in sports.
Coston and his wife Diane moved to Blaine in 1994, and he and his family have been involved in the community ever since. He said it has been a great place to raise a family, which has helped shape his career. Diane, his wife of 35 years, is a constant source of support, and she still accompanies him on his travels to different competitions. Coston said they’ve been in love since he was 18 years old.
In 1994, he started the Jeff Coston Golf Academy as a way to translate his love for the game into teaching others. He’ll celebrate his 18th year in business this month. His two sons Tyler and Kyle run their own basketball academy in Bellingham.
One of Coston’s most memorable moments throughout his career is of his sons caddying for him at the 2000 U.S. Open, which happened to be on Father’s Day that year. His sons often caddied for him when they were younger, but having them there was a big moment for him.
Coston said he has no plans to slow down any time soon. “I might have a lot of miles on me, but they’re just highway miles,” he said.