Illustrious Regina golfer Joanne Goulet dead at 79
Saskatchewan golf community remembers 32-time city champion's grin, generosity and talent
She was known for her unwavering golf talent, and will be remembered for her kindness.
Saskatchewan golfer Joanne Goulet died Saturday at 79.
Goulet's competitive success didn't keep her from sharing her skills with others on the links, according to Golf Saskatchewan’s executive director Brian Lee.
She was always one with kind word or a smile, always loved to help out golfers.- Brian Lee, Executive Director of Golf Saskatchewan
“She was always one with kind word or a smile, always loved to help out golfers, it didn’t matter if it was a competitor or even a male counterpart she would always just have a word of wisdom,” Lee told CBC on Sunday.
He said Goulet had a habit of greeting most people with a hug.
Goulet lived her life on the links
Archie Cameron, general manager of the Royal Regina Golf Club where Goulet was a lifetime member, echoed those sentiments.
“She was a wonderful woman. She was a single woman who dedicated her life to her work and to golf and she was lots of fun,” Cameron said.
Goulet was at the course most mornings for coffee and toast, including the morning she died. She was hitting balls at the driving range earlier the same week, he said.
The flags at the Club were raised to half mast Sunday in her memory.
Decades of golf success
Goulet is the first woman in Canada to become the namesake of a golf course: The Joanne Goulet Municipal Golf Course in Regina.
She took up the sport at age 14 and she won her first provincial championship as a junior in 1953, then again in 1955. She represented Saskatchewan for 17 consecutive years on the provincial amateur team.
She became Saskatchewan's Senior Champion five times, a member of both provincial teams that won the Canadian Championships in 1985 and 1990. She played on 14 senior teams all together.
The province has definitely lost a pioneer for women's golf. When it comes to an individual that could play the game any place, anywhere, anytime, she just had that knack.- Brian Lee
Internationally she competed in the first women’s amateur world championships and was a semifinalist in the British Open.
Locally, she’s won the Regina City Championships 32 times.
“The province has definitely lost a pioneer for women’s golf. When it comes to an individual that could play the game any place, anywhere, anytime, she just had that knack,” Lee said.
Both Cameron and Lee said they will remember Goulet's love of the game above all.
"I think that that little smile she had and the grin-- that twinkle in her eye knowing she was going to be out chasing the golf ball," Lee said. "That was something that I think will stick with myself and a number of people I know for many years to come."
Goulet was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1980, the Regina Sports Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Saskatchewan Golf Hall of Fame in 2010.