Coston Blog: Hitting the right notes -- and no desserts
PGA Professional Jeff Coston is a music enthusiast who spent his Thursday night watching The Jazz Singer. Then he went out on the Ocean Course on Friday and made some sweet music with his clubs to make the cut at the Senior PGA Championship.
By Jeff Coston, Special to PGA.com
Editor's Note: 2006 Callaway Golf Senior PGA Professional Championship winner Jeff Coston will be posting his thoughts on PGA.com 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. -- Knowing I was able to sleep in a little, I stayed up to watch a movie last night -- The Jazz Singer. What an amazing movie. Amazing soundtrack, that Neil Diamond, wow, it gives me goose bumps just hearing him sing. Just awesome for those who haven't seen it.
Like I wrote the other day, I'm a guitar guy and music plays a big part in my life. Remember, that's -- at least in part -- how I won over my wife. Put "the mist" on her, you know? Wrote some love songs for her. It must have worked. We've been married 30 years now.
Today, my tee time was at 12:50 p.m. It's tough for me to sleep in -- I'm a morning guy -- so I got here early and went over to the fitness trailer. Let me tell you, they do some amazing work in there. I worked out a little bit, got stretched. They turned a 51 year old into a 25 year old. I was definitely feeling good and ready for my round.
Oh, I also have to take a moment to talk about the amazing food they have been serving here. My meal times have been really special, great friends and great food. I had lunch yesterday with Nick Price, Chip Beck, and Steve Thomas. How great is that?
You know, I show Nick Price's golf swing at my golf academy. It's such a pure swing. And he is such a great guy. Chip Beck has the greatest attitude in life. And Steve Thomas, when we were on TOUR together in the 80s, he was one of the longest hitters on the planet. And from what I'm told, he's still a bomber. And he can tell some great stories. So yeah, I've just been having some great days here. Such great times with great friends, and the way they treat you here -- I could get used to this.
One more thing I'll say about the food. No desserts for me. So I'm under par on the desserts for the week. I'm proud of that.
As for my golf today, I really think I played a lot like yesterday. I hit a lot of quality shots that I just didn't take advantage of like I could have. I had a little bit of a zit on the third hole, but I got through it, eventually. That was an adventure. I ended up on the wrong side of a mound, and after a 3-wood chip that went over the green and a wedge that rolled back to my feet, I finally got a putter to put the ball up there close. I thought I could have been out there all day. It felt like I was for a bit there.
Maybe that workout this morning and all that stretching cost me, because I hit a couple of shots right over the flag but long, and that led to a bogey or two. Maybe I should take this big "S" off my chest, I tell you. The swing felt pretty good. I just didn't take advantage of some of the opportunities like yesterday.
I've heard some people ask if the course is too hard. No, I don't think so at all. The PGA has done a really good job of making this course a fair test. It's tough, don't get me wrong, it's tough, but it's fair. And that's what you want, you want to reward the person who plays the best golf at the end of the week. There's no windmills or clowns mouths out there.
I feel good about making the cut, I mean, that's why I'm down here right? It's a long ways to come from back in Blaine to not play on the weekend. But like I say to my students back at Semiahmoo, it's one hole at a time, one shot at a time. Stay in the moment. That's what I'm doing this week. Try not to fall in any bunkers, try not to get bitten by any alligators, and think about the next shot and next shot only.
Actually, I call it "one piece of pizza." You don't eat the whole pizza at one time, you eat it one slice at a time. You don't even eat the whole slice at once -- or at least, I don't -- that's done a little bit at a time. That's how you have your best success. So yes, I'm excited about playing in the weekend, but I'm just thinking about my next "piece of pizza."
I try not to think about where I stand on the leaderboard, for the tournament or for among the PGA Club Professionals, I just want to think about my next shot. Thanks to some pretty good play thus far, I'll get a few more of them this weekend.