Senior Oregon Open/2019

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Coston Wins His Third-Consecutive Senior Oregon Open Invitational Title

By: Alec Bahnick, PNW PGA Tournament Intern

PGA Professional Jeff Coston of Semiahoo G&CC emerged victorious by a one-shot margin at 10-under par over PGA Professional’s Steven Bowen of Illahe Hills CC and Rob Gibbons of Arrowhead GC to capture his seventh Senior Oregon Open Invitational Championship. Coston started the final round one shot behind Bowen, and it was a close battle with the lead changing between Coston, Bowen, and Gibbons. Coston’s par on the 18th and final hole of competition secured him the win to avoid a playoff.

Even after winning his third straight title, Coston remarked that this year has been a challenge for him at times. He said, “I have stuck with my templates that I have established over my career. How I practice, my technique, mental preparation, strategy. Being disciplined in each area and my experience has been important. I’ve definitely had to reinvent myself the last few years.”

For the 17th year in a row, Wildhorse Resort & Casino located in beautiful Pendleton, Oregon hosted the Senior Oregon Open. This three-day event showcased players aged 50 years or older from all over the Pacific Northwest competing both in individual and team competitions. The individual competition was stroke play over 54-holes and the team competition was one net and one gross ball at 90% of their handicap over 36-holes. Each four-player team included one PGA Professional and three amateurs.

The winners of the team competition at a score of 251, which was 37 under par were PGA Professional John Freitas of Aldarra GC, Mike Kennedy, Mike Koczarski, and Mike Swingle.

Michael Jackson of Pronghorn Resort took home low amateur honors at 5 under par and Bob Christensen of Coeur d’Alene Resort GC won the amateur net competition. PGA Professional Dave Bobillot of Mount Vernon, Washington shot 147 over the first two rounds to win the super senior competition. Another notable score during the final round was a 64 by PGA Professional Mark Keating of the OGA GC to vault himself into the top ten.

We would like to thank Wildhorse Resort & Casino and volunteers for their hospitality and continued support of our championship. This year a brand-new clubhouse and restaurant was built that proved to a big hit with all competitors and will continue to be a great addition to the beautiful golf course. Special thanks go to PGA Director of Golf Professional Mike Hegarty and his golf operations staff along with Superintendent Phil Lagao and his grounds crew. We look forward to returning to Wildhorse Resort & Casino in 2020!

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