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RTJ Academy of Golf at Oxmoor Valley and Ross Bridge

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 InstructionNeil Thompson, Director of Instruction at Oxmoor Valley and Ross Bridge
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, 2011 US Kids Top 50 Honorable Mention National Junior Teacher, and the 2009 Dixie Section PGA Alabama Chapter Teacher of the Year.

Neil hails from England and 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.

Neil has been teaching golf students since 1993. Currently, he teaches all ages and abilities, from first-time golfers to tournament professionals, including winners on the PGA Nationwide Tour.

Neil has attained Level III status from the TPI (Titleist Performance Institute), is a certified K-Vest 3-D instructor and holds certifications in club fitting. Neil's qualifications, together with his playing background and his enthusiasm for learning, have molded him into the esteemed teacher he is today.

Book a lesson, you won't be disappointed!
Contact Neil: nthompson@rtjgolf.com / 205-283-0871

Eric Ross, Head Teaching ProEric Ross, Head Teaching Pro at Oxmoor Valley and Ross Bridge
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. He is currently the Men's and Women's Assistant Golf Coach at the University of Montevallo.

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

Robbie Blackwell, Assistant Golf ProfessionalRobbie Blackwell, Assistant Teaching Professional at Oxmoor Valley and Ross Bridge
Robbie 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: rblackwell@rtjgolf.com / 334-333-3300

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