The Rocky Mountain Section PGA has named PGA Professional John Van Vleet from Preston, Idaho, its 2018 Golf Professional of the Year.  Van Vleet is a 21-year member of the PGA of America serving five clubs during his career and has been a fixture at Preston Golf & Country Club the last 14 of those years as General Manager.   


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.


Quite simply, the buck stops with John at Preston Golf & Country Club.  It is easier to describe what John doesn't do.  Other than payroll and taxes, John does everything from club repair and banquet prep to running events and changing tires.  Having a limited club budget puts it all right on John to get everything done every day.  Even though John has not yet reached his 50th birthday, he has an old school heart when it comes to his work ethic and character. 


In addition to all of his club responsibilities, Van Vleet is finishing his 12th year on the Section Board having gone through all the chairs at the Chapter and Section level.  His two-year term as Section President is in its final months as he will move to the Past President’s chair for his last stint as an adviser and guide to all Section affairs.  John has served his Section with distinction as a Rules Official, a multiple time committee member and chairman, and a go to for technology assistance and education.  John refers to himself as a reluctant leader, but one that never shies away from doing whatever is necessary to get a job done.  He is truly a consummate professional and his leadership by example will continue to be role model worthy for anyone paying attention. 


This is the second time Van Vleet has been recognized as the RMSPGA Golf Professional of the Year having garnered the award previously in 2007.  John is also a fine player having played on 10 Carter Cup teams, qualifying for several others, and he played in the 2011 PGA Professional National Championship.  If you throw in a little 58 he shot in his own Pro-Am, John’s playing resume can only make you nod in approval. 


It is quite possible John’s clock has 48 hours a day in it.  Outside the club’s grounds, he teaches P.E. classes at the local High School and SNAG golf to elementary school children.  He speaks regularly at the Preston Rotary Club and administers fundraising events for the Franklin County Healthcare Foundation, the Lions Club, and the Elks Club of Preston.  If that wasn’t enough, John is the coach of the Preston High School Golf Team and serves as the financial clerk at his church.


Van Vleet will be formally recognized as the 2018 Rocky Mountain Section PGA Golf Professional of the Year in May as part of the 2019 Rocky Mountain Section PGA Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation.