Ted Babcock, PGA Assistant Professional at Valley View Golf Club in Bozeman, Mont., has been named the 2016 Assistant Professional of the Year for the Rocky Mountain Section PGA.  Babcock became a PGA Member in 2015 and has been employed at Valley View the last two years.


Ted’s overall performance as an Assistant PGA Professional revolves around the idea of creating a welcoming environment to all those he comes in contact with on a daily basis.  He primarily focuses on golf operations, teaching and tournament facilitation.  Ted is acutely aware his interaction with members is often the first and last impression of any guest’s day at the club.  He makes a concentrated effort to provide a stress-free arena for his colleagues and members alike. 


Teaching and growing the game of golf is Ted’s true passion.  He feels it is his obligation as a PGA Professional to create and implement programs for all levels of players.  Ted credits his head professional for giving him the freedom to develop as many player development programs as he sees fit.  He has created a ladies program to work in conjunction with the club’s junior offerings.  He invited mothers, especially when they dropped their children off for lessons.  Ted simply spoke to them and asked if they either played or would consider playing.  The basic question posed has led to many moms taking up the game casually and even now some are playing in leagues and club tournaments.  Ted’s tried and true idea of nurturing entire families to play is just the tip of his success.


Babcock is proud to wear many hats as an assistant professional at Valley View and willingly takes on any and all tasks assigned to him.  He provides service and approaches each day with a servant’s heart.  The more smiles he creates, the better day he has. This is Ted’s first award within the Section and it will be formally presented to him at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Section PGA next May.