Jeff Coston had it to 2 under par through 11 holes Thursday before settling for an even-par round at the Ocean Course. (Photo: The PGA of America)
Jeff Coston had it to 2 under par through 11 holes Thursday before settling for an even-par round at the Ocean Course. (Photo: The PGA of America)

Coston Blog: The name of the game this week is fun

PGA Professional Jeff Coston makes it a point to instill in his students that golf is meant to be fun. Not surprisingly, that's his motto this week, and on Thursday it worked to the tune of an impressive even-par 72.

By Jeff Coston, Special to

Editor's Note: 2006 Callaway Golf Senior PGA Professional Championship winner Jeff Coston will be posting his thoughts on as he competes in the 2007 Senior PGA Championship at The Ocean Course on Kiawah Island. Coston is the PGA Teaching Professional at Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, Wash., where he runs his own golf academy.

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- After I finished my round today, signed my card and did a couple of interviews, I looked at my watch, which is still on west coast time. It read 10 o'clock. Maybe I've given a few lessons by now normally, but only a few. As far as having played 18 holes of a major championship in gusting winds for my body clock -- well, let's just say this is early. I've gotten up at 5:30 a.m. (ET) the last couple of days, that's 2:30 in the morning for my body. It will be nice to sleep in tomorrow to be honest with you.

As for my round today, the word that keeps coming to me is "fun." I got to play with Don Pooley, who is a great guy and someone I've looked up to for a long time. He didn't have his best round, but he's really hurt. And I met a new friend. Joe Ozaki was so fun to play with, and his caddie was such a nice guy. Don's caddie, Greg McMillan, used to be a pro back up in my section, so it was nice to reunite with him. Really, I was lucky to have such a great group to play in today.

As for playing, I said yesterday that pars would be good. I think the scores that get posted today will bear that out. I'll take pars on those four or five closing holes and be really happy. I am trying to stick to my game plan. The title to that game plan is "Fun." The sub-title then would be, "One clear committed shot at a time." That's what I teach my students at my golf academy. Sometimes that's easier than others, but that's a good plan. Play who "Jeff Coston" is. Hey, I've been playing golf for 40 years, you'd think I'd learn how to do something by now.

Tonight I'm going out to dinner with Dick Mast, one of my heroes in golf and heroes in life. I'll be able to spend time with him and his whole family. That's going to be really great. How can you not enjoy an atmosphere like this?

Speaking of great, I'm very pleased that one of my students competing in the state tournament back in Washington ended up winning! Some of my other students are excited because they just had their career rounds, or their best tournament rounds, so I'm very excited for them. I've been going to bed early for west coast time, so I haven't heard from all of them, but I can't wait to hear how some of them are doing. I've heard a few are in the hunt after one day, so that will be exciting to track. And let's not forget Jordin Sparks winning American Idol. Didn't I say she could blow it out of the box? It's been a good week.

And of course, that's the bottom line. I'm really having a great time. What a great venue and great tournament. I'm really fortunate to be here.

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