The Rocky Mountain Section PGA has named PGA Life Member James Brown from Boise, Idaho, its 2016 PGA Golf Professional of the Year.  Brown is a twenty year member of the PGA of America and has been a fixture in the Boise area golf scene throughout his career. 


The PGA Golf Professional of the Year Award is the highest honor paid to a PGA professional.  The honoree is chosen based on his or her outstanding leadership abilities, exceptional performance as a PGA Professional, and distinguished service to the Association and the game of golf.


Since his election to PGA membership in 1996, Brown has distinguished himself as a leader rising to the office of President of the Rocky Mountain Section.  He has served his Chapter and the Section as an officer and committee member since 2007 and is the current Section President.


This marks the seventh time James has been honored by the RMSPGA as he was voted Merchandiser of the Year for public facilities in 2004 and 2008, the Player Development Award winner in 2008, 2010 & 2012, and the Horton Smith Award winner in 2010.  James is the epitome of a team player.  He is a “lead by example” type of professional and his philosophy guides him to always think about the image of the PGA Professional as a whole and to make every effort to give back more to the game than he would ever receive. James takes great pride in championing programs for children.  He spearheaded PGA Golf Days, a charity fundraiser which generated more than $86,000 for the Make-a-Wish and Rocky Mountain PGA Foundations that raise money for kids with life threatening diseases and growth of the game initiatives.  In addition, he is heavily involved in the PGA Junior League Golf program that allows children of all skill levels to compete in a team format promoting sportsmanship, camaraderie and competition.     


Outside of his daily responsibilities, James volunteers his time in giving free golf lessons at the Boise Open and the Boise Golf and Travel Show.  He is also the Section liaison for the aforementioned Junior League Golf program in the Rocky Mountain PGA. The national Drive, Chip & Putt program is yet another junior initiative James has so willingly given his time.


Brown will be formally recognized as the 2016 Rocky Mountain Section PGA Golf Professional of the Year in May as part of the 2017 Rocky Mountain Section PGA Annual Meeting.