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Coston & Dowaliby Selected to Pacific Northwest Section PGA Hall of Fame
Jeff Coston, PGA teaching professional at Semiahmoo G&CC in Blaine, Wash., and Mike Dowaliby, a long-time PGA professional at Whitefish Lake Golf Club in Montana, have been honored as the 49th and 50th members of the Pacific Northwest Section PGA Hall of Fame.
Coston has won more Pacific Northwest Section PGA major championships than any other professional or amateur in the 90-year history of the Pacific Northwest Section. The 57-year-old has been to the winner's circle 19 times with seven victories in the Pacific Northwest PGA Championship; two in the Northwest Open; four in the Washington Open; two in the Oregon Open; three in the Rosauers Open and one in the Al C. Giusti Memorial.
In 2006, Coston became the only Pacific Northwest Section professional to win the prestigious Senior PGA Professional National Championship. The following year he was low club professional in the Senior PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, SC. Coston's many playing accomplishments include the 1977 PNGA Amateur Championship and the 1991 Shreveport Open on what's now called the Web.com Tour.
Coston has developed an outstanding reputation as one of the top teachers in the Northwest. The Jeff Coston Golf Academy has been a fixture at Semiahmoo since 1994 and Coston prides himself in helping not only elite players but players of all abilities.
He has earned Pacific Northwest Section Player of the Year honors 12 times and Senior Player of the Year honors seven times - every year he has been eligible.
Dowaliby retired in 1999 after 22 years as the PGA Professional at Whitefish Lake Golf Club in Whitefish, Mont. It's fitting that Dowaliby becomes the first member of the Pacific Northwest Section from Montana as he mentored many of today's PGA professionals in Montana. At Whitefish Lake, Dowaliby was known for his strong junior programs and teaching many young people about golf and providing life lessons along the way.
Two of his juniors run Whitefish Lake today. Former Dowaliby assistants Tim Olson and Christine Newton continue what Dowaliby started, serving today as the PGA head professional and PGA assistant professional, respectively. As the golf coach at Whitefish Lake High School, Mike's teams won three boys' and two girls; state championships in the early '80s.
Following Dowaliby's tenure as coach, juniors from his programs won 13 state titles. One of his juniors, Dane Thorman, won the 1984 State Championship and today is the PGA teaching pro at Iron Horse Golf Club in Whitefish. Dowaliby's golf shop was the first Montana facility to be recognized by Golf Operations Magazine as one of the "Top 100 Golf Shops" in America.
A PGA Member for 50 years, Dowaliby began his career in 1960 in at the Woodland Hills Country Club in California. In 1968, Dowaliby opened the Calabasas Country Club in California as their first professional and began building a large junior golf program. In 1977, the native Californian took over the helm at the Whitefish Lake Golf Club and for the next 22 years exemplified what it means to a PGA professional.
Founded in 1981, the Pacific Northwest Section PGA Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves among the professionals in the Pacific Northwest and contributed to the game of golf.
Coston and Dowaliby will be formally inducted into the Pacific Northwest Section Hall of Fame on April 26, 2013, at the Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. This joint celebration involving the Pacific Northwest Section PGA and the Pacific Northwest Golf Association recognizes those who represent the very best in the game of golf.
The above report is courtesy of the Pacific Northwest Section of the PGA. For more information, visit www.pnwpga.com.