Katie Somers, assistant professional at BanBury Golf Course in Eagle, Idaho, has been named the 2017 Assistant Professional of the Year for the Rocky Mountain Section PGA.  Somers has been employed as an apprentice professional at BanBury the last three years and is hard at work in her efforts to become a PGA Member.


Katie’s overall performance as an assistant professional revolves around the idea of creating a welcoming environment to all those she comes in contact with on a daily basis.  She has many responsibilities in the day-to-day operation and must effectively budget her time to focus on BanBury’s vast junior programs, daily guest care, golf operations, merchandising, teaching and tournament facilitation.  Katie is acutely aware that her interaction with members is often the first and last impression of any guest’s day at the course.  She makes a concentrated effort to provide a stress-free arena for her colleagues and visitors alike. 


Being a well-rounded professional is important to Katie as she moves through her apprenticeship.  She feels she still has many things to learn before becoming a Class “A” PGA Professional, but in her experiences thus far, she feels she has touched people’s lives in ways others cannot.  Katie gathers a great deal of satisfaction because of the relationships and friendships she works hard to promote.  She is grateful for the opportunity at this point in her career to learn from special mentors at the course who are willing to let her learn every aspect of the golf business. 


Somers is proud to wear many hats as an assistant professional at BanBury and willingly takes on any and all tasks assigned to her.  She provides service and approaches each day with a servant’s heart.  The more smiles she creates, the better day she has. This is Katie’s first award within the Section and it will be formally presented to her at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Section PGA next May.