Community Sports

Bellingham Bay Marathon date announced

The ninth annual Bellingham Bay Marathon is set for Sunday, September 27, in Bellingham. In addition to a full marathon, BBM offers a half marathon, 10K, and 5K. Each race is open to runners and walkers, and race registration is available online through ChronoTrack.

On race weekend Bellingham Bay Marathon also sponsors an Expo featuring various vendors, clinics, and a pasta dinner — all of which will be Saturday, September 26, at its host hotel, The Lakeway Inn and Conference Center. After the races on Sunday, the marathon holds its Finish Festival for the general public, which includes live music, food vendors and a beer garden at Depot Market Square in downtown Bellingham.

Bellingham Bay is a Boston Marathon qualifier. Its point-to-point course starts near Gooseberry Point in Lummi Nation and finishes in front of Depot Market Square in downtown Bellingham.

The half marathon and 5K courses are already USATF-certified, and the new 10K course will be USATF-certified for the 2015 race weekend, as well.

Semiahmoo wins golf awards

Semiahmoo Resort, Golf, & Spa’s Director of Golf Brett Eaton is the recipient of both the Golf Professional of the Year and Merchandiser of the Year award from the Professional Golfers Association’s Western Washington Chapter. Golf Instructor Jeff Coston has also been awarded Teacher of the Year.

Eaton received the highest honor of Golf Professional of the Year, which recognizes a golf professional whose total contributions to the game best exemplify the complete PGA Professional. He was recognized as Merchandiser of the Year for excelling as a business person and merchandiser in the promotion of golf. Coston was honored for the second time as Teacher of the Year for being an outstanding teacher of golf among the ranks of PGA membership.

The top western Washington professionals in nine categories were recognized by their peers for outstanding performance during 2014. The winners will all be presented plaques and trophies on Thursday, February 12, at the PGA Pacific Northwest Section’s spring meeting.

Eaton has more than 20 years of experience in the golf industry. He has been a staff member of the Titleist National Leadership Advisory Staff and a PGA National Ambassador. As the PGA Director of Golf at Semiahmoo Resort, Eaton is responsible for all personnel functions related to staffing golf operations and overseeing the golf pro shop operations.

Coston opened the Jeff Coston Golf Academy at Semiahmoo Resort in 1994. Before becoming an instructor, Coston played on the PGA tour twice, the nationwide tour from 1991 to 1994, and played in one U.S. Open and two U.S. Senior opens. He also qualified for the 2015 Champions Tour. He has dedicated the last twenty years to being a coach and mentor to golfers from beginners to PGA Tour and LPGA Tour Players.

Local figure skater to compete in Quebec City

Bellingham resident Abby Chase was part of a team that won the bronze medal in synchronized skating at its regional championship event held from Jan. 31-Feb. 1.

Chase and her team qualified for nationals as a result of their finish, which will take them to Quebec City later this year.

Boating safety seminar at Bellingham Yacht Club

Three local boating experts will host Boaters’ Checklist Bonanza, a safety seminar for boaters at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the Bellingham Yacht Club. This event is open to non-members of the club.

Cost to attend is $10 per person, or $15 per couple, if purchased in advance. Tickets cost $15 per person and $25 per couple at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at

The seminar will feature a 50-page customizable checklist for each attendee’s own boat, downloadable for those who bring a USB memory stick, or “thumb drive,” to the event.

Boaters’ Checklist Bonanza is hosted by Paulette Bergh, Joe Coons and Terry Tavelli. Bergh is a licensed master and certified sailing instructor who has also taught powerboat operating classes. Tavelli has experience training, operating and racing sailboats. Coons, also a licensed master, has trained hundreds of power boaters, been a broker, charter fleet operator, and professionally installed equipment on boats. The trio will answer questions as each checklist is reviewed onscreen.


Hole-in-one: Lonnie O’Neal made a hole-in-one on Monday, Feb. 9, at North Bellingham Golf Course. O’Neal aced the 16th hole with a 5-wood from 184 yards out. Vinnie Eisen and Duane Harrison witnessed the feat.