Linda Booher is more than a coach; she’s a willing volunteer whose love for children exudes from head to toe. “Linda is one of those coaches that has been with us since day one,” said 1st Tee Program Director Robert Heck. “She has the patience of Job and is an inspiration to other coaches.” This is why Linda is being honored as our Coach of the Month.
Linda grew up in the Spokane Valley and graduated from University High School in 1973. She went on to Eastern Washington University and graduated with a degree in dental hygiene before heading north to Alaska. There she met her husband, Bruce, and he introduced her to the game of golf. “I just love the game,” Linda explained. “Whether you’re young or old, you can play.”
Linda and Bruce moved to the Medical Lake area a decade ago, and she began playing golf more regularly. “I’ve had good days and bad days on the course, but it’s amazing how golf always teaches you life lessons.” After settling into her new Washington-based routine, Linda found herself searching for a way to do more with the game of golf than just play. “We all have different reasons to get up in the morning. I wanted to do something important for God. I love kids and helping people. Then, I met Bob Heck and learned more about the 1st Tee program. They were just starting up at the time. Immediately I said ‘Sign me up!’” That was four years ago and Linda has been an avid volunteer and supporter of the program ever since.
“You have to love kids,” she said of being a coach. “You also need to focus on the bigger picture. You are helping another individual learn skills for life. You really will receive more back than you give if you serve as a coach.”
Linda and Bruce have been married more than 35 years and have three sons. They both coach for the 1st Tee at the Creek at Qualchan golf course.
The coach of the month program is sponsored by 8 Iron Images, and honors those coaches who illustrate exemplary volunteerism and the 9 core values of the 1st Tee in their personal and professional life.