The Pacific Northwest Section established a Hall of Fame in 1981 for the purpose of honoring and perpetuating the memory of those persons who have distinguished themselves by their contribution to the section and the game of golf. Criteria and method for nomination can be found in the By-Laws of the Pacific Northwest Section.
We need your assistance in gathering information (newspaper clippings, photos, golf clubs, club newsletters, etc.) about each of the members in order to develop a history of that person. Please contact the section office if you have any articles you wish to loan/donate to the Hall of Fame. Visit the PNWPGA Hall of Fame site to learn more about our Hall of Fame members.
49th Hall of Fame Inductee: Jeff Coston
Jeff Coston has won more Pacific Northwest Section PGA major championships than any other professional or amateur in the 90-year history of the Section. In total, Coston has been to the winner circle 19 times—Pacific Northwest PGA Championship (7); Northwest Open (2); Washington Open (4); Oregon Open (2); Rosauers Open (3) and Al C. Giusti Memorial (1). In 2006, Coston became the first PNW PGA professional to win the prestigious Senior PGA Professional National Championship. The following year Coston was low club professional in the Senior PGA Championship. Coston’s many playing accomplishments include the 1977 PNGA Amateur Championship and the 1991 Shreveport Open on the Web.com Tour. At the time of his induction into the Hall of Fame, Coston has earned Player of the Year honors 12 times and Senior Player of the Year honors 7 time—every year he has been eligible.
50th Hall of Fame Inductee: Mike Dowaliby
It is fitting that Dowaliby was inducted as the first PNW PGA Hall of Fame member from Montana, as he mentored many of today’s PGA Professionals in Montana. A PGA Member for 50 years, Mike 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 PGA Professional and set out building a large Junior Golf Program. Finally, in 1977, the native Californian took over the helm at the Whitefish Lake Golf Club for the next 22 years. At Whitefish Lake, Dowaliby was known for his strong junior programs and taught many young people about the game of golf. Dowaliby’s golf shop was also the first Montana facility to be recognized by Golf Operations Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Golf Shops” in America.