Lakota West Firebirds

    Coach Linda Coffey is named to the Legends of Cincinnati Golf Hall of Fame!

    Congrats to Coach Linda Coffey on being inducted into the Legends of Cincinnati Golf Hall of Fame! #WestPride

    Golf has been a part of Linda’s life for as long as she can remember. At a young age, she spent her time hitting little white whiffle golf balls with homemade wood in her backyard. When she mastered getting the ball in the air, her dad, Steve, took her to play at Banning Road Par 3. She earned the bragging rights of beating her dad at age 8. Whether he let her win, we will never know.

    Linda played in her first tournament at age 10. It was the Junior Met at Wyoming Country Club. She shot a 134 on the first day and ended the tournament by taking 2nd place in the 3rd Flight. She can also claim the Jr. Met Champion title, winning it twice when she was 16 and 17.

    Linda earned three varsity letters playing golf at Colerain High School on the boy’s team. There, she met her future husband, Dave. They have been married for 42 years and have two boys, Sean and Sam, who also enjoy the game of golf. Many of their vacations included a highly competitive putt-putt match at Ft. Myers Pirate Cove. Next year, the four plan to play in Scotland.

    Linda decided to try her hand at caddying at Clovernook Country Club. Starting as a “C” caddy making $3.00/round, she quickly rose to the rank of “A” caddy, earning the big bucks of $5. Her most memorable time as a caddy was when she caddied for golf Legend Micky Wright at the LPGA Championship at Kings Island.
    Linda attended college at the University of Cincinnati, playing on the women’s golf team and earning her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. She earned the MVP award in 1979 and 1980. Before attending UC, she was awarded the WWGA (Western Women’s Golf Association) 2-year scholarship (1 of 4 awarded in the US)

    In 2004, Linda became the JV girl’s golf coach at Lakota East High School. She coached the Thunderhawks for seven years. In 2011, she switched to Lakota West to become the varsity girl’s golf coach and is still coaching them today. She loves teaching the girls and watching them grow in their games. To further enhance their skillset, equipment which may range up to $1999 can also be availed.

    Linda belongs to the Hamilton Elks and has been a member there for 26 years. She still plays competitive golf around the Cincinnati area. Over the years, she has played against most of the already Cincinnati Golf Legends ladies.

    It is hard to believe I am joining such a fantastic group of ladies. I don’t have the golf game these ladies have, but I hope I have influenced many in this wonderful sport as they have influenced me along the way.

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