“Rocky Mountain Section PGA Player of the Year” is an accomplishment to be proud of, and 2020 was a year in which the competition for this prized title was fierce.  The Section recognizes its players of the year in three categories:  The Player of the Year, Women’s Player of the Year, and Senior Player of the Year.  The Section wishes to thank OMEGA for their generous support for our Players of the Year.

Travis Hofland, PGA Teaching Professional at Pebble Ponds Golf Course in Filer, Idaho, is the 2020 Player of the Year in the Rocky Mountain Section of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America.  This marks the first time Travis has earned this award having been quite close many years prior.  Hofland earned the moniker this year with consistent play, winning the Section Championship, finishing 2nd in the Snake River Chapter Match Play Championship, a tie for 4th in the Gallatin Valley Open, and a solid showing in a deep field at the Idaho Open where he ground out a tie for 16th place.

Katie Somers, PGA Head Professional at BanBury Golf Course in Eagle, Idaho, amassed enough points in the Section Championship by beating 23 of the Section’s best, which earned her the right to engrave her name a third straight time on the Women’s Player of the Year plaque.

RMSPGA members age 50 and older compete for Senior Player of the Year honors and the 2020 winner is Jim Empey, PGA Director of Instruction at Quail Hollow Golf Club in Boise, Idaho.  Like Hofland, Empey’s steady performances throughout the year, including a victory at the Senior Section Championship, 11th overall at the Idaho Open (low senior), 16th overall at the Section Championship (3rd low senior), and a made cut at the Senior PGA Professional Championship, clinched his 5th Senior Player of the Year Award.

Hofland, Somers, and Empey will formally receive their Player of the Year awards in May of 2021 at the Rocky Mountain Section PGA Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony.