Four golfers with ties to Clatsop County finished 35th, 36th, 37th and 38th in the Senior PGA Professional Championship, held this week at the Royal Oaks Country Club in Vancouver, Washington.

The locals finished within six shots of each other.

Former Astoria golf pro Mike Gove, now at Inglewood Golf Club, was 35th overall with a 163. He was followed by current Astoria pro John Kawasoe (36th, 80-84—164), Zdravko Barbic, the golf pro at Gearhart Golf Links (37th, 80-85—165) and Astoria golf’s John Thorsness (38th, 79-87—166).

Jeff Coston, a Professional Golfers’ Association member from Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club in Blaine, Washington, won the tournament.

Coston and Mark Keating of Woodburn shot identical rounds of 71 and 70 Tuesday and Wednesday on the par 72 course, and Coston won the tournament in a one-hole playoff.

Coston had previously won this event in 2006, ‘07, ‘08, ‘09, ‘10, ‘11, ‘13 and ‘19.

The top five qualifiers who also entered the national qualifier will advance directly to the 32nd Senior PGA Professional Championship, Oct. 15-18 at PGA Golf Club (Wanamaker and Ryder courses) in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Gary Henley is a sports reporter for The Astorian. Contact him at 503-861-8493 or

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