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.