Academy Staff

RTJ Academy of Golf at Oxmoor Valley

We have a dedicated staff whose goal is to make your game, and the enjoyment of your game, better. Our staff is PGA-qualified and TPI-certified, ensuring the quality of instruction is first-rate.

Neil Thompson
Director of Instruction at Oxmoor Valley

Neil is a Class A member of both the PGA of America and the PGA of Great Britain and Ireland, and was honored as the 2011 Dixie Section PGA Teacher of the Year and 2009 DSPGA Alabama Chapter Teacher of the Year. He has also been an Honorable Mention for US Kids Top 50 National Junior Teacher of the years for 2011 and 2012.

Originally from England, Neil attended college on a golf scholarship in the United States, achieving 1st Team All-American status before turning professional where he has won at local and national levels.
Regards teaching, Neil has been giving lessons since 1993. Currently, he teaches all ages and abilities, from first-time golfers to tournament professionals, including winners on the PGA Tour.
Neil has attained TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) Level III certifications, along with qualification and certifications in club fitting, K-Vest 3D motion capture and Trackman ball flight analysis. Neil's qualifications, together with his playing background and his enthusiasm for learning, have molded him into the esteemed teacher he is today.

Contact Neil: / 205-283-0871

Eric Ross
Head Teaching Professional at Oxmoor Valley

Eric started his golfing career at the Golf Academy of America in 2003. After graduation, Eric obtained his first job at Myrtle Beach National, a resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. From there, he worked as the First Assistant at Crystal Lake in McDonough, Georgia. With a passion for teaching, Eric landed his first teaching job as the Director of Instruction at Edwin Watts Academy in Birmingham, Alabama. Since then he has worked at Vestavia Country Club and was also the Head Golf Professional at Grayson Valley Country Club.

Eric is a Class A PGA Member of the PGA of America and is also TPI Certified.
Contact Eric: / 662-397-3510

Robbie Blackwell
Assistant Teaching Professional at Oxmoor Valley

Robbie BlackwellRobbie began his golf career in 2007 working as an Assistant Golf Professional at RTJ at Highland Oaks in Dothan, Alabama and developed a passion for teaching and junior golf in particular. In 2010, he moved to Vestavia Country Club to work as an Assistant Golf Professional. With his passion for teaching and juniors, starting in September 2012, Robbie began an In School/After School junior golf program that targets students K-5 grade to generate interest in the game of golf. He plans to add this program to the RTJ Golf Academy to help grow an already established junior program.

Robbie is a Class A PGA Member of the PGA of America.
Contact Robbie: / 334-333-3300




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