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Member Classification:
Life Member
Education Background:
Bachelor of Education

Neal Connell became a member of the Canadian PGA at the age of 23 and apprenticed under Bryan Copp at the Edmonton Country Club from 1972 until 1981. Upon becoming a Class A Professional, Neal made the move to St. Albert and the Sturgeon Valley Golf Club in 1982, where he took on the position of Head Professional, a title he held for 17 years. In 1999, Neal became the Executive Professional at Sturgeon Valley and stayed in that role for another 12 years, retiring in March of 2011 after a total of 29 years working at the club. Neal was succeeded as the Executive Professional by long-time associate and friend Mark Beckwith, who moved up from the Head Professional position, much as Neal had 12 years before.

In his time at Sturgeon Valley, Neal mentored 8 Assistant Professionals who went on to become Head Professionals elsewhere. He also served on two separate occasions on the PGA of Alberta Board of Directors, from 1984 – 1988, and from 2001 – 2005. In his time with the Board, he also was a member of the National Education Committee from 1985 – 1988 and for a number of years was the committee chair for the clearance centre at the PGA of Alberta Consumer Shows.

Neal also maintained a strong game on top of his responsibilities at both the Edmonton Country Club and Sturgeon Valley, twice winning the Alberta Assistants’ Championship (in 1977 and 1981), the Pro-Assistant Championship in 1984 and the Alberta Senior Championship in 2001. In 2001, Neal and the staff at Sturgeon Valley were proud to receive the recognition of their industry peers and were named the PGA of Alberta Merchandiser of the Year.

In retirement, Neal remains an active part of the community in St. Albert and is looking forward to playing golf with many of his fellow Professionals, other members of the golf industry, and friends he made over the years at Sturgeon Valley.