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The Downs Golf PGA Teaching Professionals

The Downs Golf Practice Facility offers professional instruction for adults and juniors at all skill levels. Private instruction and personalized corporate events are also available. Whether it is a group clinic or one-on-one instruction, The Downs Golf Pros will help improve your game.

Jon Johnson
Jon Johnson is a PGA Class A Professional with more than 38 years of experience in the golf community. He has been the Manager of The Downs Golf Practice Facility since it opened in March of 2003. Johnson is a former assistant professional at Augusta National in Georgia -- home of the Masters -- and the Michael Jordan Golf Center in Illinois. A past president of the West Central Chapter of the North Florida PGA, Johnson was the 2013 Chapter Professional of the Year and the North Florida Section Player Development Award-winner. Johnson oversees Tampa Bay Downs' annual two-day Golfest event, which has featured appearances by Annika Sorenstam, Chris DiMarco, David Leadbetter, Brittany Lincicome, actor Christopher McDonald, Cy Young Award-winning baseball pitcher David Price and numerous other Tampa Bay area sports celebrities.

Matt Mitchell
Matt Mitchell is a PGA Class A Professional, with 32 years of teaching experience. He was the North Florida PGA Section Teacher of the Year for 2012 and is a three-time West Central Chapter Player of the Year (2008, 2010 and 2012). He has been honored as a Top-50 Instructor by Golf Range Magazine. Among Mitchell's students at The Downs Golf Practice Facility are Tour player Jack Maguire and numerous collegiate and high school players.

Joey DiPompo
Assistant Manager Joey DiPompo is the Assistant Teaching Professional at the Matt Mitchell Golf Academy. He graduated from Professional Golfers Career College in 2010 with a degree in Professional Golf Management. He is a US Kids Golf Certified Instructor. He excels in Club Fitting and Club Repair. Joey gives private playing lessons, which include range balls and video analysis, and conducts half-day golf schools. Joey also conducts the Saturday clinic at the range as well as Junior Summer Camps. 

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Private and Event Instruction

Please contact us at 813-854-4946 for an appointment so we can discuss your target goals.