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 with the 2014 Dixie Section Player Development Award, 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

Iain Steel
Assistant Teaching Professional at Oxmoor Valley

Iain Steel imageClick here to learn much more about Iain, who was born in Malaysia and has lived in Alabama since the early 1990's, and has had a distinguished playing career on multiple worldwide tours including the PGA Tour, Nike (now Tour, European Challenge Tour, Canadian Tour and Asian Tour. He has also won the Alabama Open. He is now retired from tournament golf and is thrilled to join Neil and Eric at Oxmoor Valley and Ross Bridge.

Contact Iain: / 205-837-9800






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Neil Thompson, 2014 Dixie Section Player Development Award

Director of Instruction is Neil Thompson, recipient of the Dixie Section of the PGA's Teacher of the Year Award in 2011 and Player Development Award in 2014.

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