Jim Empey, the PGA Director of Instruction at Quail Hollow Golf Club in Boise, Idaho, has been named the 2017 Teacher of the Year by the Rocky Mountain Section PGA.


The Teacher of the Year award bestows special recognition on a Rocky Mountain Section PGA golf professional that has performed outstanding service as a golf instructor. The honoree is chosen based on his or her performance, leadership, image, promotion of the game of golf, impact on teaching and golf instruction as well as their involvement in junior activities at their facility in addition to innovative contributions to golf instruction and published articles.


This is the sixth time, the other years being 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010 and 2015 that Empey has won this award.   He also earned the RMSPGA Player of the Year honor in 2009, 2011, and 2013 to go along with his Senior Player of the Year awards in 2012, 2013 and 2017.  Jim was elected to PGA Membership in 1987 and teaches from the “Golf House”, a 750 square foot teaching building with an adjacent lesson tee located next to the practice range at the aforementioned Quail Hollow Golf Club.


Jim has devoted his career to teaching golf and teaches not only in Boise, but across the country due to this involvement with TMN Events where he is the Golf Director.  That organization focuses on corporate golf outings in conjunction with host site professionals providing clinics and lessons to their clients.  Most recently, the client list at TMN includes Hewlett Packard, Zones, Inc., McCain Foods, Marco Technologies, Microsoft, and AMD.


Over the last two years Jim has been an instructor in the PGA Hope Program.  “Helping Our Patriots Everywhere” is a national initiative providing golf access and education to disabled veterans.  He has also been recognized by Golf Digest as the “Best Teacher in Idaho” and Golf Magazine recognized him as one of the “Top 10 Golf Instructors in the Northwest U.S.” and as one of the “Top 400 Teachers in America”. 


Empey will receive his 2017 award during the 2018 RMSPGA Annual Meeting next May.