Jeff Coston likes Spokane.
Robert Gray likes the Spokane Country Club golf course. At least the seventh hole.
Coston, who hails from Blaine, Wash., back in town less than a month after winning the Rosauer’s Open on July 20 at Indian Canyon, finds himself in the lead after the first round of the Pacific Northwest Section PGA Championship at Spokane Country Club.
He fashioned a 34-30 Monday for an 8-under-par 64 and a three-shot lead over Chuck Milne of Vancouver, Wash.
Meanwhile, Gray, who plays out of Esmeralda, stole some of the thunder by scoring a hole-in-one on the 195-yard seventh hole with a 4-iron. He’s well back, however, with an 80.
Sharing third with 68s are Rob Gibbons of Molalla, Ore., and Mike Gove of Astoria, Ore.
Ten Spokane-area golfers are in the top 57, led by David Christenson of Indian Canyon and Mark Gardner of The Creek at Qualchan, who are in an eight-way tie for 11th at 1-under 71.
Andy Hite of the Colville Elks shot 72; Michael Rorholm of Spokane was at 1-over 73; Bob Scott of MeadowWood and Steve Prugh of Manito at 74; and Craig Schuh of Deer Park, Steve Caruso of Coeur d’Alene Resort, Clint Wallman of Birdies Golf Center and Joe Trembly of Twin Lakes had 75s, as did former Spokane pro Chris Mitchell of Tumwater Valley, Wash.
The second round is today, with the third and final round in the 54-hole event Wednesday. There is no cut. The lead half of the field will tee off from both the front and back sides Wednesday at noon after the other half goes at 7:30 from both sides.
Idaho was fifth and Washington tied for 10th in the Eddie Hogan Cup team boys competition at Riverside Country Club in Portland on Sunday.
The three lowest scores of the four-man teams counted. Idaho finished the 36-hole event at 457, 17 strokes back of champion San Diego.
Washington’s 468 was matched by British Columbia. The Washington team included Brandon Smith of Veradale, who led the foursome with a 76-76-152 and Ryan Camp of Spokane, who shot 85-81 for 166.
Kevin Stevens of Northern California was medalist with a par 144.
Volleyball refs to meet
Anyone interested in becoming a volleyball referee is invited to attend a meeting of the local board of officials Sunday at 5:30 p.m. in the Jepson Center Auditorium on the Gonzaga University campus (corner of Astor and DeSmet).
A state rules clinic will follow at 7.
Info: Jack Wilcox, (509) 466-8092.
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