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Coston Wins Sixth Straight Pacific Northwest PGA Professional Title
Jeff Coston of Semiahmoo G&CC in Blaine, Wash., won his sixth consecutive Pacific Northwest Senior PGA Professional Championship September 9th at Bear Creek CC in Woodinville, Wash.
Coston will lead a squad of Northwest section PGA professionals to compete in the 23rd Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship October 6-9 at Creighton Farms in Aldie, Va., and River Creek Club in Leesburg, Va.
Coston finished at 2-under 142. Doug Doxsie of Seattle Golf ended up three strokes back at 145. They will be joined in the national championship by Tom Sovay of Golf Club at Redmond Ridge, Brent Murray of Oswego Lake CC in Oregon, Jeff Shaw of Hacks Promotions (Seattle), Jim Pike of Sahalee, Jeff Fought of Black Butte Ranch in Sisters, Ore., Chuck Milne of Vanco Driving Range in Vancouver, Wash., and Steve Stull of Canyon Lakes GC in Richland, Wash.
The Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship will bring together 264 contestants representing the PGA of America's 41 nationwide sections and have a total purse of $285,000 on both courses over the first two rounds. Creighton Farms, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, will hold the final 36 holes.
Begun in 1989, the Senior PGA Professional National Championship is modeled after the PGA Professional National Championship, with a field of 50-and-older senior PGA professionals who advance through 41 Section championships conducted from July through September this year.
The top-35 finishers in the national championship earn a berth in the 73rd Senior PGA Championship May 24-27, 2012, at the Golf Club at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich. The top-five finishers earn an exemption into the final stage of the 2011 Champions Tour national finals. Since its debut, many participants in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship have used their success in the event as a springboard to a Champions Tour career.
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