Local university athlete walks the links at Pebble Beach

Langley, British Columbia—Pebble Beach is a long way from Langley, BC, and the Trinity Western University Spartan gym. But this week one of Trinity Western’s varsity players is walking the links with his dad who is competing in the 100th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, California. Tyler Coston, who plays guard on the Spartan basketball squad, is caddying and offering golfing advice to help his dad gain the upper hand against golf’s greatest names.

It has been 22 years since Jeff Coston, Tyler’s dad last swung his clubs at the Open. Coming off a 12 year break from the tour, Jeff will try to secure a top spot at the Open this weekend. It will be the third U.S. Open that Jeff competes in. It will be Tyler’s first.

“When Tyler turned eleven, Jeff started training him to caddy,” says Diane Coston, wife of Jeff and mother of Tyler. “Tyler has caddied for Jeff off and on throughout the years.”

After caddying for his father in the two qualifying rounds for the U.S. Open, it was only natural that this father-son duo would go to the U.S. open together. “Tyler really knows how to encourage Jeff,” says Diane. “He’s a very happy, enthusiastic and optimistic person and that really helps Jeff. Tyler can really lighten things up.”

Tyler uses the skills he has honed on Trinity Western’s basketball courts to help his dad unwind after the sun has set on Pebble Beach. “They shoot baskets together at night just to get away from the pressure,” says Diane. “They have fun together.”

And the strong father-son relationship that they share eases some of the strain that any player would feel, competing with the likes of Tiger Woods. “Some people equate a person’s value with the score that he shoots,” comments Diane. “Jeff knows that Tyler loves him no matter how he plays.”

After the first round, Jeff sits at –1 par in 11th place. It looks like his son’s encouragement is working.

Tyler will continue to caddy for his father as Jeff heads to the Club Pro Tournament in Oklahoma. However, he will pass down the golf bags and caddy position to his thirteen-year old brother for the Oregon Open in the week that follows. After time on the greens, it will be back to the courts, as Tyler coaches basketball at camps for the remainder of the summer and prepares to carry on the athletic legacy of his family on TWU’s basketball courts in the fall.

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a privately funded Christian liberal arts university enrolling 2,763 students this year. With a broad-based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 34 major areas ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

Last Updated: 2012-08-21
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