Age: 31 (31/10/86)
Height: 5' 9"
College: Wofford College (USA)
Turned Pro: 2009
Affiliate Club: Old Conna GC
Neil grew up playing the game on Ireland’s second oldest course, Royal Dublin. He enjoyed a successful amateur career which included an individual title at the Kerry Boys Championship and back to back wins in the Connacht Youth Championship. In 2004, he was a member of the Royal Dublin team that won the All-Ireland Fred Daly Trophy. Later that year, the same team represented Ireland at the home counties final in La Manga (Spain) where they were also victorious.
In 2005, Neil moved to the US after receiving a scholarship to Wofford College in South Carolina. He made a strong start to his collegiate career, registering eight Top 5 finishes in his first season which included medalist honours at the Birkdale Collegiate Classic. His consistency on the course earned him multiple first-team All-Southern Conference accolades and he was also named Southern Conference Freshman of the Year. Throughout his time at Wofford College, Neil received further accolades and set numerous scoring records, some which still remain today. He closed out his amateur career representing Ireland at Senior level.
In the early stages of his pro career, a wrist injury forced Neil to take an extended break from the game and he decided to do his PGA teaching qualification during this time. After receiving his teaching qualification in 2016 and having enjoyed a lot of success on the Irish PGA Regions circuit, Neil decided to switch his focus back to Tour golf. In 2017, he earned his Sunshine Tour card at q-school and had guaranteed starts at the BMW Championship (Wentworth), Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and a host of Challenge Tour events. Unfortunately an early season hip injury severely affected Neil’s ability to play to his desired level at these events and as a result he spent large parts of the season doing rehab.
In February 2018, Neil returned to action on the Sunshine Tour and it took him just two events to lock up his tour card for the 2018/19 season. This was largely due to a fine 3rd place finish at the Dimension Data Pro Am event - one of the most prestigious events on the schedule. He finished the Sunshine Tour season (March 2018) inside the Top 50 in the Order of Merit and received the prestigious Bobby Locke Trophy for Rookie of the Year.
Over the next 12 months, Neil will divide his time playing on the Challenge Tour and the Sunshine Tour, where he has guaranteed starts in all of the European/Sunshine Tour co-sanctioned events. His long term goal is to earn a European Tour card over the coming seasons.
2017/18 Sunshine Tour Rookie of the Year
1st Irish PGA Club C'ship
3rd Dimension Data Pro-Am
1st Irish PGA Assistants' C'ship
1st PGA Southern C'ship
1st PGA Ulster C'ship
5th Irish PGA C'ship
5th PGA Play-Offs
1st PGA Moran Cup
T-2nd British PGA Assistants' C'ship
2nd Irish PGA Assistants' C'ship
T-2nd PGA Ulster C'ship
4th British PGA Assistants' C'ship
1st PGA Moran Cup
3rd Guataloahorce (Gecko Pro Tour)
T-5th Irish PGA C'ship
1st Costa Ezuri Open (Jamega Tour)