Date and Place of Birth: St John, NB, January 29 1973
Current Employment (Title and Facility): General Manager and Head Golf Professional, Mountain Woods Golf Club
Current Place of Residence (Town/City): Moncton NB
Family (Names of Spouse/Children): Wife: Christie Neate and Daughter Ava Neate (5 years old in July)
Year Began PGA Career: 1999
Year Gained PGA Class A Membership: 2004
Why You Chose the PGA As A Career: I enjoyed playing golf and thought the business of golf would be an enjoyable career. Greatest Career Influence:
After graduating high school in Ottawa, Ontario My parents were transferred back to Halifax and my family and I returned to Lower Sackville, NS. After a summer of playing golf at Brightwood Golf Club and not working I decided that I should look to find my place in this world and moved back to Ottawa by myself in search for work. I was able to land a job at a law firm, McCarthy Tetrault, as their messenger/ clerk. My responsibilities included serving documents, filing documents at the provincial courthouse and CRTC and anything else that the lawyers, secretary’s, paralegals and law students required of me. It was at this job that I learned what it took to become successful in business. I witnessed people putting everything than had into their jobs. My coworkers worked countless hours and ensured accuracy in everything they did. Thoroughness and attention to detail was very important in this office environment. At the end of my career there I was looking up cases at the Supreme Court library and assisting with putting together legal briefs for cases. I can credit this one job for opening my eyes to many traits that I have now honed in preparation for a career in the golf business.
Ted Stonehouse would be my mentor. I was fortunate enough to work with Ted for four years at Bell Bay Golf Club in the early 2000’s. He assisted me in gaining the knowledge and experience required to make the big jump to General Manager from Assistant Golf Professional. To this day Ted has always been available should I require any help both professionally or personally.
Number of Years Playing Golf: 30 years
Where/When You Started Playing Golf: I started to learn to play at age 12 in Lower Sackville Ns. My step-Father taught my brother and I how to play at the local driving range and par 3 courses.
Who Influenced You To Start Playing Golf? My Stepfather, Bill Gard.
General Golf Industry Employment Experience (i.e. 2006-2008 Head Professional - ABC Golf Club):
1999- 2000: Avon Valley Golf Club, Falmouth NS: Apprentice Professional under Andy Tannahill
2001-2004: Bell Bay Golf Club, Baddeck NS: Assistant and Associate Professional under Ted Stonehouse
2005 to current: General Manager and Head Professional At Mountain Woods Golf Club, formally known and Magnetic Hill Golf Club
Education History (Post-Secondary):
Selkirk College, Nelson BC
Golf Club Management (2 year diploma)
Certifications (i.e. First Aid, TCCP, etc.):
Rules of Golf levels 1 and 2
Awards Received (Industry and Non-Industry Related): 2004 Assistant Golf Professional of the Year (Not 100% sure on the date)
PGA or Related Positions Held/Served? None to date
Significant Events Hosted at Facilities While You Were Employed:
Provincial Midget Bantam Championships
Callaway Cup PGA tournament
List 1-3 "Non-Golf" Hobbies: Family time, Movies, Outside sports
Thoughts on the Importance of Continuing Education and Your PGA Designation:
Education is the most important aspect of retaining PGA jobs and opening up new opportunities in the golf industry. This is also very important to me as a General manager as I am looking for well-trained and educated assistants to run my golf operations department. I would love to see our zone increase our annual membership dues and include an education aspect every year.
Equipment Partner/Sponsor/Affiliation: Ping Golf
What’s in the bag? Ping G30 Driver and Fwy Wood, Ping S55 irons, Ping Glide wedges and Ping Scottsdale Tr Answer 2 putter.
One thing that is always is in your bag: Lots of Titleist Pro V1x golf Balls.
Other Equipment (Ball, Shoes, Glove, etc): Ball: Pro V1X, Shoes; FootJoy and Ecco, Glove Footjoy
Favorite PGA Player: Brooke Henderson and Billy Horschel