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 2017 Alabama/NW Florida Section Youth Player Development Award, 2014 Dixie Section Player Development Award, 2011 Dixie Section PGA Teacher of the Year and 2009 Dixie Section 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

Jeff Copeland
Teaching Professional at Oxmoor Valley

Jeff is an 20-year plus PGA Professional who has been teaching the game of golf for over 20 years. He has a wife and two boys, ages 16 and 13.

Prior to joining our staff, Jeff had worked at Altadena Valley Country Club in Birmingham as the General Manager and Head Golf Professional for over 11 years.

With Altadena's closing in June 2015, Jeff's focus has returned to growing the game of golf, primarily as a golf instructor.

Contact Jeff: / 205-965-3798

Iain Steel
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 Jeff at Oxmoor Valley and Ross Bridge.

Contact Iain: / 205-837-9800


Grant DeMoss

Assistant Teaching Professional at Oxmoor Valley

Originally from Michigan, Grant attended Michigan State University. While at MSU, he became heavily involved with growing a Business Golf Course that was new to the Broad Business College. After two years as an Instructional Assistant under Jan Brintnall, LPGA, he joined the Study Abroad Instructional Team in St. Andrews, Scotland in 2016. Following his return from teaching at the “Home of Golf” he started working at Hoover Country Club.

He spent the last two years at Hoover where he was the Assistant Director of Instruction under Jon Oliver. Under Oliver, he has become experienced and knowledgeable in teaching and club fitting using TrackMan, Swinguru and BodiTrak. At Hoover, his focus was on youth development. He coached several PGA Junior League teams and also coached the Birmingham Area All-Stars in the PGA Junior League Alabama Sectionals event in August 2018.

Contact Grant: / 205-305-1766 





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Neil Thompson, 2014 Dixie Section Player Development AwardNeil Thompson, 2017 Ala/NW Florida Section Youth Player Development Award

Director of Instruction is Neil Thompson, recipient of the Alabama/NW Florida Section Teacher of the Year Award in 2011, Player Development Award in 2014 and Youth Player Development Award in 2017

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