Golf a driving force in Linda Vermette’s life

Ladysmith golfer is the Chronicle's Athlete of the Month for February.

Linda Vermette is an avid golfer who can be seen at the Ladysmith Golf Club almost daily. She has been playing golf for 28 years

Linda Vermette is an avid golfer who can be seen at the Ladysmith Golf Club almost daily. She has been playing golf for 28 years

Whether the weather is warm, windy, wet or wintery white, you’ll be sure to find Linda Vermette on the greens.

Since getting hooked on golf 28 years ago by her husband Gary, the Ladysmith resident has kept in the swing of things.

“My husband used to golf a lot, and I figured I may as well start taking it up,” she recalled.

One of Vermette’s first golfing experiences was out at Yocum Valley Golf Club in Duncan. She recalls the pitch and putt was an interesting and dangerous experience.

“The holes crossed over one another so you had to make sure you weren’t going to get hit with the ball,” she said. “But it was a fun course.”

Vermette started playing at the Ladysmith Golf Course in 1985 and became a member in 1990. She tees off at the local links almost every day. In that time, she has scored 16 holes-in-one.

“No words can explain it,” she said of her love of golf. “I love it, I find it very relaxing, and I like the camaraderie.

“I love the social aspect of it, too. The people here are just great.”

Vermette is also known for making appearances at the Mt. Brenton Golf Club in Chemainus, as well as Pryde Vista.

Vermette hosts a tournament at the Ladysmith Golf Course and has for the past 10 years. This year, the tournament is called the Irene Christie Memorial Challenge, named after her friend and golfing partner who passed away last year.

Both Vermette and husband Gary, a golfer and triathlete, are working towards securing a spot at the BC Senior Games this year.