EMPEY EARNS PLAYER OF THE YEAR HONORS
Jim Empey, PGA Director of Instruction at Quail Hollow Golf Club in Boise, Idaho, is the 2013 Player of the Year and Senior Player of the Year in the Rocky Mountain Section of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America. Empey earned both honors due to his peerless performance throughout the season in Section and National events.
Jim began in May by qualifying for the Boise Open. A few days later he was off to compete in the Senior PGA Championship. In June he made the cut at the PGA Professional National Championship. He finished 4th at the Senior Section Championship which was the last time he failed to hoist a winner’s trophy. Jim won the Section Championship by 2 shots, the Idaho Open by 3, and dominated the championship match in the Snake River Chapter Match Play winning 6 & 5.
By winning both the Player of the Year award and the Senior Player of the Year award, Empey becomes only the second professional in the Rocky Mountain Section to pull off this double and match the feat of Jeff Thomsen in 2005. Preston Otte, PGA General Manager of Clear Lake Country Club in Buhl, Idaho finished 2nd in the Player of the Year standings and last year’s winner, Ben Bryson, PGA Head Professional at BanBury Golf Course in Eagle, Idaho, finished 3rd. Jeff Thomsen, PGA, of Boise, Idaho, and John Graham, PGA Head Professional at Sand Creek Golf Course in Idaho Falls, Idaho, finished second and third respectively in the Senior Player of the Year standings.
The Rocky Mountain PGA Section is one of forty-one sections that comprise the Professional Golfers’ Association of America and includes eastern Montana, western Wyoming, southern Idaho, northern Nevada, and Ontario, Oregon. Along with playing, the Rocky Mountain PGA Section and its member professionals are dedicated to promoting the involvement and enjoyment in the game of golf within the Section, and to contribute to its growth.
STEIN SELECTED AS PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AWARD RECIPIENT
Jon Stein has been selected by the Rocky Mountain Section PGA as the 2013 recipient of the Player Development Award. Stein, a 23-year member of The PGA of America has been honored as such to recognize his extraordinary contributions and achievements in the area of Player Development. This award considers the Professional’s “growth of the game” leadership commitment at Section and National levels, also the impact made at his/her own facility. This is the first time Jon has won the award for Player Development.
As the PGA Director of Instruction for The First Tee of Idaho, Jon has worked tirelessly to promote the game of golf. The First Tee is a program that teaches children life skills through golf. He has enacted and used this program to increase participation in golf through schools, golf clubs, and even the Canyon County Juvenile Justice System. Stein estimates 2200 children have been part of the First Tee, the School Outreach, and Golf-4-Fun programs in 2013.
Jon will be formally recognized as the 2013 Rocky Mountain Section PGA Player Development Award winner in May of 2014, during the Rocky Mountain Section PGA Annual Meeting.