WES ROBERTS RECOGNIZED AS 2021 RMSPGA GOLF PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
The Rocky Mountain Section PGA has named PGA Professional Wes Roberts from Teton Village, Wyoming, its 2021 Golf Professional of the Year. This award completes the set for Wes who was previously named RMSPGA Assistant Golf Professional of the Year in 2015. Roberts was elected to membership in the PGA of America in 2010 and has served as the Director of Golf at Shooting Star of Jackson Hole since 2017.
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 that person’s Chapter, Section, Association and the game of golf.
Wes has had an illustrious career as a PGA Professional specializing in high-end private facilities. He has worked within a variety of different cultural settings, namely New York, New Zealand, Arizona, California, and finally Wyoming. These diverse experiences give Roberts a unique perspective on how quality service can and should be conducted no matter the place. What stands out in Roberts’ performance as a Golf Professional is his ability to connect deeply with every member, guest, staffer, sales representative, political figure, junior player, or delivery person that he comes in to contact with on any given day. His attentive, thoughtful, and personal connections help build an inclusive culture for all associated with the facilities he has been part of.
Roberts seems to have knack for recruiting, hiring, and mentoring excellent professionals as well. To his credit, in his 5 years as a Head Professional and Director of Golf, Wes has seen 5 of his Assistants graduate to 1st Assistant positions and 3 of his Assistants garner Head Professional roles. He believes in being an open book and leading by example to grow the careers of any that seek his guidance.
Despite the lofty job expectations of his high caliber club, Wes has never forgotten to find ways to grow the game. Many of the members at Shooting Star were not golfers when he started as Director of Golf. Their collective interests included skiing, hiking, climbing, biking, kayaking and anything associated with the outdoors. In 2017 the nearly 275 members played only 6,500 rounds of golf. By the time Wes got finished instituting a variety of casual and social golf programs, that round figure turned in to more than 10,000 rounds a year, a lesson program that quadrupled in revenue and shop sales that increased 100% in four years.
The RMSPGA congratulates Wes Roberts on this well-deserved honor and he will be formally recognized as the 2021 Rocky Mountain Section PGA Golf Professional of the Year in May as part of the 2022 Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation.