John "Doc" O’Neal is a lifelong resident of Carmel, Ind. His background includes the establishment of a private golf club, The Bridgewater Club, Indiana's premier golf and residential community that includes a 750-acre, high-end residential development. The Bridgewater Club includes an 80,000 square foot clubhouse, including fitness, swimming, outstanding food and beverage, large events including wedding receptions, a 9-hole executive golf course and an 18-hole Pete Dye Championship golf course, which was host to the 2005 Junior Solheim Cup.
O’Neal was president of Crooked Stick Golf Club, president of the Carmel Dads’ Club, and founding president of the Indiana Golf Foundation. He was responsible for raising the necessary funds ($2,500,000) to build the Gongaware Golf Academy, located in Franklin, Ind. O’Neal was chairman of the 1993 U.S. Women’s Open Championship played at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel.
He has been directly involved in assisting over 5,000 young people in learning and understanding all facets of the game of golf. Over the past seven years, O’Neal and Matt Cohoat have been responsible for the growth of a wonderful daily fee golf course, Wood Wind Golf Club, located in Westfield, Ind. In that time, the rounds of golf increased from approximately 17,000 rounds to more than 32,000. O’Neal’s golf accomplishments include captain and MVP of the Purdue University Men’s Golf Team, 1987 Indiana Runner-up Player of the Year, Indiana State Amateur Runner-up in 1997, Crooked Stick Club Champion in 1980 and 1988, and the 1982 Northern Open Champion. He was inducted into the Indiana High School Hall of Fame in 1993. He is married to Carol Culp O’Neal, and they have four children and four granddaughters.