Neil started playing golf at the age of 12 in Millmerran, a small country town in Queensland situated on the Darling Downs, 220 km southwest of Brisbane. He & his father were part of a small team in the community who built the Millmerran Golf Course, a 9-hole course with club facilities set in picturesque parkland surroundings adjacent to Back Creek.
His parents, Jill & Norman, owned the local grocery store however, Neil spent most weekends on his grandparents’ dairy farm & piggery. When in town during the week he would practice chipping into a plastic bucket in the back yard between chores around the store. His clubs in those days consisted of 3, 5 & 7 iron, a 2 wood, 3 wood & putter.
As a junior, he saw some early success as runner up in the Millmerran C Grade Championships the first year he competed at the age of 12 and runner up in the A Grade Championships for the next 2 years, beaten only by his maths teacher, Mr Collins, endearingly known as “fungus” for his huge moustache.
A talented all-round athlete, Neil also played cricket, rugby league, tennis &, in his teens, was a keen surfer. He was a star in athletics, winning District 100-yard running competitions, 1-mile running competitions and Long Jump & High Jump competitions. He represented the District in rugby league & cricket and it is believed that he still holds the record for the Millmerran Cricket Club, 125 not out. Neil was Player of the Year for 6-Stone Rugby League, played senior-level cricket for the District at age 12 and won the “4GR Sand Greens Open Championship” in Toowoomba at age 15. He had his first “hole in one” in 1975 at the Surfers Paradise Golf Club.
Playing off “scratch” by 15 he set his sites on a Professional Golf career & left his home in Millmerran to work as a trainee golf professional at Oxley Golf Club in Brisbane, Queensland under the supervision of the Head Professional, Merv Ulman.
Today he is a popular member of the ISPS Handa Australasian Tour & PGA of Australia Legends Tour. With many wins, including an Australian Senior Open, a Qld Senior Open, a Gold Coast Senior Open & various other wins & Top 10 finishes throughout Asia & the Pacific. His career was further enriched by some stints on the lucrative USA Champions Tour & the Asian Senior Tour.
Neil has also had a very successful business career in a Motor Vehicle Dealership & Motor Racing, Construction, Property Development, Retail & Tourism.