The Downs Golf PGA Teaching Professionals
Jon Johnson is a PGA Class A Professional with more than 35 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 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 Web.com Tour player Jack Maguire and numerous collegiate and high school players.
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.
Look for Joey DiPompo on the web at www.JoeyDiPompoGolf.com.
PGA Class A Professional Matt Dettman has always enjoyed passing on his knowledge to students. While golf is his passion, at various times Dettman has taught hang gliding, water skiing, ice hockey officiating and playing the drums. The south Tampa resident started in the golf industry as the first assistant to legendary southern California PGA Professional Richard Chavez. After coaching high school golf in Las Vegas for six years, Dettman owned a party-supplies rental business in southern California and a boat dealership in Las Vegas. He returned to golf in 2011 in Austin, Texas, working with juniors at Falconhead Golf Course, before joining The Downs Golf Practice Facility staff last year. Dettman's main objective is helping his students enjoy the sport as much as he does.
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.
Beginning in November, we offer Junior Clinics on Saturdays from 11:00 a.m.—noon, for boys and girls ages 6-14.
Price is $25 per clinic. Each session covers all aspects of the game for beginner and intermediate levels (minimum of three participants).
Please call the Pro Shop at 813-854-4946 to register. Registration is REQUIRED.
Private and Event Instruction
Please contact us at 813-854-4946 for an appointment so we can discuss your target goals.