Al Feeley is stepping down. For the last four years Feeley has been the General Manager at the Smiths Falls Golf & Country Club. He’s worked hard with their Board of Directors to improve operations at the club.
But it’s time.
Feeley recently let the Board know that he wanted to give up the role in favour of more family time, and maybe a few extra rounds on the links.
With Feeley moving on the club had a job to fill. Wisely they have gone with a familiar face, always an asset in a small community.
The Board of Directors has appointed Dan McNeely in a new position of Pro-Manager.
A local boy, McNeely cut his golfing teeth as a junior at the club, the beginning of an affiliation with golf that would see him gather success as both an amateur and a professional.
The Class A member of the PGA of Canada is a 1999 graduate of the Professional Golf Management Program at Humber College. During his studies he also was a standout player for the Humber Hawks Golf team. He earned All-Ontario status twice and in 2011, in recognition of his achievements, he was named as a member of the Ontario Colleges Golf All-Millenium Team.
Turning professional, he would go on to work at the Angus Glen Golf Club and the Cornwall Golf & Country Club. He also played on several mini-tours and just this past year he earned his way to Sectional Qualifying for the United States Open Championship.
In recent times McNeely had been balancing teaching and playing golf with managing his family business, McNeely Machine & Welding. That business is now closed, making McNeely available to Smiths Falls G&CC.
The Board recognized the possibility that presented.
“…We have chanced upon an opportune moment when Dan is available and we are very pleased that he will be coming to work for us,” they related in a message to the membership. “He brings a lot of golf and business experience to the Club and we strongly believe that he will be a difference maker as we go forward.”
Adam Miller, the PGA of Candidate for Membership who has been handling Pro Shop management duties, has been offered a role as an assistant professional. The Board says he has yet to accept that role.
McNeely will begin his tenure with the club on January 4, 2016.