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Game’s best to play at Semiahmoo for Pro-Am

Semiahmoo Golf and Country Club has quite the treat lined up for Whatcom County golf enthusiasts.

Course golf instructor Jeff Coston, during his many years playing at the game’s professional level, has established countless relationships with some the big names golf fans see every week on television.

So when Semiahmoo’s Director of Golf Brett Eaton and Coston got to talking about the possibility of creating a charity pro-am golf tournament at the Blaine course, the two assembled an all-star lineup of professional golfers.

Eaton said the Champions Tour Charity Pro-Am, which will take place in a shotgun format at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 17, at Semiahmoo Golf and Country Club, is nothing like Whatcom County has ever seen.

“It’s really been neat this year,” Coston said in a phone interview. “Everyone has been pulling for me on this Champions Tour. ... They are all good guys, and they said, ‘Yeah, man, I can come,’ and that’s been a neat thing.”

Though Coston has competed on the Web.com Tour, 63 PGA Tour events and Champions Tour events, this is Coston’s first year competing in a full slate of Champions Tour tournaments.

After Monday’s Pro-Am, the Champions Tour moves to Snoqualmie for the Boeing Classic at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, but first some of the best players in the world will be on display at Blaine.

Besides Coston, pros include Rocco Mediate, David Frost, Olin Browne, Mark Calcavecchia, Russ Cochran, Tom Byrum, Roger Chapman, Joey Sindelar and Grant Waite.

Browne and Cochran each have four top-10 finishes this year and Frost and Mediate have three. Browne won the Greater Gwinnett Championship, Frost won the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic and Calcavecchia won the Principal Charity Classic.

“Brett and I and the staff at Semiahmoo are always trying to grow the game of golf and teaching golf,” Coston said. “For the younger people and really the members, this is a neat thing.”

Money raised through the Pro-Am will benefit the PeaceHealth St. Joesph’s Cancer Center in Bellingham. Beyond growing the game of golf and getting the chance for Coston to show his Tour friends his home course, the chance to give to the cancer center will be particularly rewarding for Coston.

“My sister in law is at the St. Joseph’s Cancer Center, so it hits kind of close to home,” Coston said. “My wife has been down there every session, and she always comments on how great of a place it is.”

Eaton said he’ll be able to announce just how much money was raised during Monday’s competition.

Semiahmoo has also found a way for the pros to be able to connect with kids. An “autograph alley” will be set up on Hole 10, and it will be open from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

“Our goal is to grow the game of golf,” Eaton said. “If we get kids out there watching the Tour players, there is no better idea having the opportunity for them to get up close.”

Reach Andrew Lang at 360-756-2862 or andrew.lang@bellinghamherald.com. Follow him on Twitter at @BhamSports and on Facebook at WhatcomCountySports.

Champions Tour Charity Pro-Am Players

Player

Rank on Tour

Top-10 finishes

Rocco Mediate

36

3

David Frost

23

3

Olin Browne

24

4

Mark Calcavecchia

32

2

Russ Cochran

21

4

Tom Byrum

T68

1

Roger Chapman

T64

1

Joey Sindelar

T64

1

Grant Waite

26

1

Jeff Coston

N/A

0

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